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InciWeb the Incident Information System: Diego Fire.

Now more than 2000 acres. It would be nice if local news and other fire info sites the public relies upon would get coordinated on up-to-the-minute acreage counts.

Latest, 4PM: 3400 acres.

07/01/14 • 08:54 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Besieged by the rising tides of climate change, Kiribati buys land in Fiji.

“Within a few decades, small islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans risk being extensively or even completely submerged. In places the sea level is rising by 1.2cm a year, four times faster than the global average.

07/01/14 • 08:05 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Naked Cap: Arctic Seafloor Methane Release is Double Earlier Estimates.

Do you want it to exist at all, this monetizable ‘carbon budget,’ if it means only 2/3 chance that your grandchildren will not be hunter-gatherers?

07/01/14 • 08:00 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 180 Outtake. Diego Fire smoke’s spreading towards us.

Opened all the windows a bit early, to get the envelope of the house as cool as I can before the smoke pours in and we have to shut everything down. #hateglobalwarming

Later: Another view a bit further on in time, and a visitor.

06/30/14 • 08:20 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NM Fire Info: Diego Fire Has Grown to 200 Acres.

Here we go again. Sizable smoke plume for ‘200 acres.’

Later: quick snap …

Day later: Morning news says ~750 acres.

06/29/14 • 08:01 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors.

Boo hiss, part deux.

06/29/14 • 11:05 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsLawTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Wind Power Production Record Broken in Texas.

The Lone Star State hit “peak wind” at 8:48 p.m. on March 26, when the state’s wind farms produced 10,296 megawatts of electricity. At that moment, wind turbines provided enough electricity to supply power for 29 percent of the total electricity load of the state’s main power grid.”  Can’t get around it; the stereotype of ‘Big Oil Texas’ is only partly true anymore - they’ve hedged their bets quite effectively with wind power.

06/26/14 • 04:37 PM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Earthquakes shake Oklahoma and Texas – and locals want to know why.

When considering the unexpurgated list of fracking’s costs, how do you value destabilizing the Earth’s crust?

06/26/14 • 10:18 AM • EnvironmentalLawNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

KRQE.com: Assayi Fire erupts near Gallup.

Watson says the fire was caused by a man burning weeds and tumbleweeds at a camp nearby.” You’ve GOT to be kidding me. In these winds?

06/16/14 • 01:26 PM • EnvironmentalLawNatureSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 165. #savelabajadamesa

365/2: 165. #savelabajadamesa

A mining concern wishes to strip-mine and gravelize La Bajada Mesa. We oppose such actions. Two color shots, some might like these even better, one and two.

06/14/14 • 07:06 PM • EnvironmentalPersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: GM strains crash mosquito population in lab.

In principle, what you get is extinction.

06/10/14 • 12:31 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

DeSmogBlog: Study Dismisses Geoengineering Quick Fix For Global Warming.

Only abatement will give humankind a chance to avoid the worst implications of climate change.

06/09/14 • 10:08 AM • EnvironmentalPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Eastern Outlook: Washington‘s Shale Boom Going Bust.

As a whole shale energy companies spend more than they are making in net profit, creating a bubble of “junk” bond debt to keep the Ponzi game going. That bubble will pop the second the Fed hints interest rates will rise, or even sooner.” It’s like a drug, a politico-economic pyramid scheme. When it goes crunch, it’s the people who live in fracking areas who are really gonna get the hurt. Via NakedCap.

06/03/14 • 09:39 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vox: A day after Obama’s new climate rule, China hints it may cap emissions.

That sure sounds like a breakthrough in international efforts to tackle global warming. But as with many of China’s announcements on energy and climate, it’s worth parsing the details and remaining skeptical.

06/03/14 • 09:29 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Republican witness admits the expert consensus on human-caused global warming is real.

They’re winning because they are tying us up by arguing over consensus, rather than allowing us to find workable strategies to deal with the crisis. They are engaging-while-blocking, an old martial arts technique.

06/02/14 • 09:24 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NWS ABQ:1941 Anomalous Precipitation.

A really fascinating analysis of a NM weather anomaly. But also look at the precipitation graph! 1942-1959 was a pretty dessicated period. Bookmarked.

06/01/14 • 09:06 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Smithsonian: Ordinary People Respond More Strongly to “Global Warming” Than to “Climate Change”.

People also said that they prefer to use the term “global warming” in casual conversation with friends and family. And, finally, people ranked global warming as a higher priority for elected officials, the president and Congress to take action on, compared to climate change. ” Very interesting. After Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, ‘global warming’ caused a large uptick in outrage here in my comments and in others’ comment sections. I switched to using ‘climate change’, and people were able to be reasonable again. Now it seems, I should switch back.

05/30/14 • 09:51 AM • EnvironmentalInternetNewsPoliticsPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 148. Storm behind Lamy, NM’s Cerro Colorado.

365/2: 148.

And a political statement: #nocrudeoilinlamy.  We stand for, what we stand on.

05/28/14 • 08:27 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks.

If you haven’t seen them in person, these are just wonderful.

05/26/14 • 03:41 PM • ArtsDesignEnvironmentalHistoryNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

PS Mag: The Disappearance of Fog on California’s Farms.

Fog is a fragile thing; you’d have to live in the desert to realize how fragile (and rare) it is.

05/23/14 • 10:42 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth.

Given the incredible difference between initial projections of 15 billion barrels and revisions to 600 million, does this not call into account all such global projections for tight oil?” Abso-friggin’-lutely.

05/22/14 • 05:04 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: BP mounts last ditch effort to limit Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement.

I wouldn’t limit a situation that hasn’t yet resolved.

05/21/14 • 12:21 PM • EnvironmentalLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Las Cruces Sun-News: State - WIPP must permanently close underground panels.

Nice to know the State’s not going to sit on its thumbs, as the Feds seem to want to do.  More worrisome is the undelivered containers at various sites waiting to be delivered; if they are also compromised, or potentially flammable … they’re sitting parked out in the open. I wouldn’t want to be downwind.

05/20/14 • 09:11 PM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Breakfast Cereals to Get More Expensive, Thanks to Climate Change.

Seriously, you want me to panic over Frosted Flakes?  The ‘staff of life’, bread, is more important on a worldwide basis, and just as under threat.

05/20/14 • 04:07 PM • EnvironmentalFoodHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Earth Just Tied for Its Warmest April on Record, NOAA Says.

Alarmed. And with potential El Niño coming, time to batten the hatches a bit more (heat-proof, waterproof).

05/20/14 • 11:02 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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