Mashable: IKEA rides into flat pack transportation with its own bicycle.
What’s not to like? Belt drive and a usable centerstand/kickstand. Well thought out. Put the heavy stuff on the back, though. Never overweight your turning wheel (personal experience - I have the road rash to prove it).
The Nation: The Democrats’ Fracking Fracture.
“... environmental activists have moved the needle on fracked gas. The idea of a ban on fracking is not absurd any longer: New York has done it, and Maryland imposed a two-year moratorium last year. Clinton has said she supports those local decisions.” Yes, but like a good politician, she refuses to specifically eliminate it from her platform. She talks about everything else. Not fracking.
Guardian.UK: Rooftop solar panels could provide nearly half US power.
ScienceDaily: Fetal and newborn dolphin deaths linked to Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Yep. Still not eating anything from the Gulf.
NY Times: In Wyoming, Hard Times Return as Energy Prices Slump.
As I’ve warned, when there’s a boom there’s always a bust. The American West is littered with evidence of the previous cycles. Going into one, you’ve gotta chuck most of your earnings into savings. One can escape neither history nor inevitability.
NY Times: Over 80 Percent of Water Is Polluted in Tested China Wells.
“The latest study found that 32.9 percent of wells tested had Grade 4 quality water, which meant that it was fit only for industrial uses ...” Given the industrialization and population, I’m not necessarily surprised. Saddened, but not surprised.
SciAm: Earth Is Tipping Because of Climate Change.
Great. New opportunity for acquired insomnia.
SciAm: Can Republicans Act on Climate Change?
Mashable: The horrifying moment a man narrowly escapes a raging wildfire.
Why you don’t mess with Mother Nature. Imagine being in steep canyons, as we have here in NM, when the winds change (and are blowing at 50MPH). Another reason we go out of our way to drop food and sundries for firefighters. They do one hell of a dangerous job.
NY Times: A Renewable Energy Boom.
SciAm: Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water.
Well, not directly. They haven’t proven the process of fracking contaminates, but that the practice of storing chemicals in unlined pits on the surface does. The extraction companies want ‘cheap’, esp. in the face of current pricing. Pursuit of the almighty dollar, instead of simple common sense.
Guardian.UK: Veteran scuba diver dies in underwater cave accident in New Mexico.
Aguanomics: Life is about to get much worse.
“The upshot is that economic cost-benefit models may be radically understating the cost of climate change (in exactly the same way as they failed to predict the financial crisis), which means that most discussions are far too conservative about the need to act quickly to reduce GHG emissions.”
Guardian.UK: What a fracking inquiry in Fylde tells us about planning, politics and power.
“For example, four different noise experts gave evidence to the inquiry and, to varying degrees, all disagreed. This either suggests a poor choice of experts - which seems unlikely - or else the possibility of legitimate disagreement, without anyone’s evidence necessarily being mistaken or untrue.” OK, Brits - here’s a tip. Cut to the damned chase. Pack up your decision makers, bring ‘em to either the Texas or North Dakota fracking areas, and let them see/smell/experience for themselves. Bring video cameras. Unfortunately, you can’t bring smell back with you, but if they ship some locals (public) along, it’ll make your best choice crystal clear.
Archaeology News Network: Fertilizer applied to fields today will pollute water for decades.
Yes, the Mississippi doth turn interesting colors, as temperatures change.
NY Times: Gas Prices Will Be Low for Easter, but Don’t Get Used to It.
Yes, we remember this from last time around. They use the refinery-bottleneck as a method of supporting prices. I remind you, once per-barrel prices start to rise, the prices at the pump will advance swiftly and devastatingly, beyond what is logical. So don’t go buying those V-8s in the meantime.
SF New Mexican: Fire officials plan 223-acre prescribed watershed burn.
“If the winds aren’t too strong, the air isn’t too dry and weather forecasts are favorable ...” Yeah, we remember the start of Cerro Grande. We just came off 50mph gusts the day before yesterday. And we’re deathly dry again. I’ve had to start watering the trees a month early this year. PLEASE BE CAREFUL. If we lose the forest climbing to the Ski Basin ...
Guardian.UK: American tribes are in trouble, and most won’t get $48m to flee climate change.
“A potent combination of accelerating sea level rise, salt water intrusion and subsidence of the land has caused devastating erosion and flooding, exacerbated further by regional oil and gas development and the shipping industry. Today, less than a quarter of the original inhabitants still live on the island, which has lost 98% of its landmass since the 1950s.”
SF Reporter: BLM Defers Oil, Gas Leases Near Chaco.
Halle-friggin’-lujah. Buys us time, anyway.
Guardian.UK: Climate guru James Hansen warns of much worse than expected sea level rise.
Guardian.UK: Welcome to the climate emergency. You’re about 20 years late.
Well, Jeff Beck was on it in ‘89 ...
My lords we can’t keep dancing along
Pretending everything is just fine
The consequences are devastating
We must strike out and rescue this
Fine earth upon which we live
Mashable: February obliterated global heat records, NASA confirms.
Yuba: Electric Cargo Bike Mid-drive Motor.
Love the concept. Because, if you really get down to it, you’re going to need to haul stuff at some point.
Archaeology News Network: Human influence on climate dates back to 1930s, new research finds.
“According to the new study, record-breaking hot years attributable to climate change globally are 1937, 1940, 1941, 1943-44, 1980-1981, 1987-1988, 1990, 1995, 1997-98, 2010 and 2014.” 40 year spread in the middle there. Wonder why.
Autoweek: No complete fix for Volkswagen California diesel cars may be available.
“Sax indicated that he does not believe that VW could provide some 82,000 affected cars in California with a technical solution that would allow them to be fully compliant with the state’s emissions standards or the onboard diagnostic requirements.”