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Phys.org: Researchers achieve ‘holy grail’ of battery design - A stable lithium anode.

Of all the materials that one might use in an anode, lithium has the greatest potential.

07/29/14 • 11:58 AM • ComputingConsumptionEnvironmentalGeneral • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Popular Archaeology: Did Deforestation Really Lead to Societal Collapse in Chaco Canyon?

Our point [snip] is that we do not know where most of the wood in Chaco great houses originated, and we cannot eliminate local (canyon drainage) sources. Consequently there is no basis for concluding that the abandonment of Chaco Canyon was brought on by deforestation, improvident use of natural resources, or unstable exchange relationships, and therefore there is no reason to use Chaco’s history as a warning from the past about societal failure.”  Indeed. They have so much research on the area, that I understand scientists have only made it up to the early 1900’s documentation.

Later: Sorry for the ugly title. Fixed.

07/29/14 • 11:57 AM • EnvironmentalHistoryNatureSanta Fe LocalScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Fire Engineering: Drone Causes Problems at California Wildfire.

Another dimbulb who can’t think beyond the end of his nose. This is why the FAA may look to pilot training for drone operators; one needs to have knowledge of air operations.  Thanks, Mark!

07/29/14 • 11:36 AM • EnvironmentalHardwareLawMotion GraphicsNature • (14) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Center for Public Integrity: How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota.

All I wanted to do was farm and ranch, from the time I could stand up. And it’s stolen the future for a lot of people who wanted to retire here, who wanted to live out their days here. It’s stolen mine.” Scroll about a third of the way down, perhaps a little farther, to the Google map of drilling sites. Then use the Google widget to zoom out a bit. See if you have the same reaction I did (“Holy sh-t!”).

07/25/14 • 01:31 PM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Study - Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought.

The authors conclude federal officials allocated 30 percent more water from the Colorado River than was actually available. The gaps were made up by groundwater.”  Water wars are just startin’, kid. Git yer hogleg ... it’s gonna get nasty.

07/24/14 • 10:40 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: California’s Lax Policing of the Fracking Industry.

The problem is that at least 100 of the state’s aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them.” !^$%$^@#^%!%$ [Holding my hand to my throat, practically strangling myself, so I don’t start shouting again.] There is no such thing as a useless resource.

07/24/14 • 03:58 PM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingHuman RightsNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: What happened with nuclear waste leak at New Mexico’s at WIPP?

About 700 barrels that contain the nitrates and kitty litter are now stored with extra precaution at the lab and at a Texas holding facility where they were already awaiting transportation to Carlsbad at the time of the detected problem ...” Time bombs? Hope they’re being stored in A/C; doubt it.

07/23/14 • 05:14 PM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CR4: Dangerous Rail Tankers - Coming to a City Near You.

Worse than I’d imagined. Read the whole thing.

07/23/14 • 12:47 PM • EnvironmentalHome & Living • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Almond milk bad for environment? Tom Philpott and Mother Jones are wrong.

Hmmph. Try looking at growing watermelons ... or chickens, for that matter. My complaint is the cheap fast-food burger. I don’t believe that $1 meat exists! Even when I see it. But that’s fodder for another post.

07/23/14 • 10:46 AM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: World breaks temperature record for June after hottest May.

“Global temperature records go back to 1880 and June was the 352nd hotter-than-average month in a row.

07/21/14 • 12:45 PM • EnvironmentalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up.

The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don’t stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet’s currents and tides.”  No mention of how many fish are choking on small Lego parts.

07/21/14 • 12:34 PM • ConsumptionDesignEnvironmentalHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FiveThirtyEight: Dying at the Grand Canyon.

Erm, go observe in person. When I visited the park, the number of both American and European tourists prancing [I chose that word carefully and accurately] down the Bright Angel Trail with just a single water bottle stunned me.

07/20/14 • 10:43 PM • EnvironmentalHealthNewsPhysical FitnessPsychology • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica: CA Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers.

The state’s Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal ‘poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources.’”  Told you so. When there’s a drought, there are no ‘useless’ aquifers. Even if brackish. Fracking should be banned in all drought areas - period.

07/18/14 • 10:42 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Fracking firm ‘underplayed’ heavy lorries needed for Sussex drilling.

Of course they underplayed. All the fracking companies try make the business of fracking sound like a cakewalk. The traffic is significant, the noise is significant … the wear on public roadways is more than significant. You’re talking transporting millions of gallons of water via truck. Water is what, 8.3x pounds a gallon, sans additives? You can see why frackers inject the excess into the ground after fracking is over. They certainly don’t want to have to transport, store, clean or remediate all the liquid they use. Taxpayers will have to handle the freshly lubricated geologic faults.

07/17/14 • 11:36 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vimeo: It’s a plastic world.

As opposed to other videos on this subject, this one discusses some solutions.

07/15/14 • 02:15 PM • EnvironmentalMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Parched Texas Town Turns to Treated Sewage as Emergency Drinking Water Source.

Why not sell treated wastewater to the frackers instead? Spare the good stuff.

07/11/14 • 10:13 AM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: US drought to deplete Lake Mead to levels not seen since 1930s.

California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming wouldn’t see direct cuts in their share of river water, but officials have acknowledged there would be ripple effects.”  Water wars are gearing up. Just wait.

07/09/14 • 10:55 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalHome & LivingPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Pacific Standard: The ‘Greening’ of Christianity Is Not Actually Happening.

“Over the past two decades, much has been written about the “greening” of Christianity. [snip] Unfortunately, new research suggests this message has not filtered down to the rank and file.

07/08/14 • 10:54 AM • EnvironmentalReligionScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Box and burn - The future of U.S. wildfire policy.

The reality is that fire suppression remains dominant nationally, though it has acquired a lighter hand in the backcountry and a heavier one near exurbs. The other reality is that every wildland fire put out is a fire put off. Fire agencies now face a phalanx of changes that are powering conflagrations — not only the legacy of stockpiled fuels but also climate change, invasive species, a fractal exurban sprawl, and political gridlock. With no single cause, there is no single solution.

07/04/14 • 10:52 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePoliticsSanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NM Fire Info: Diego Fire Update – Wednesday.

Only grew by 400 acres yesterday.  Great news.

07/02/14 • 12:35 PM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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
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