Guardian.UK: El Niño finally arrives but is weaker than expected, says US agency.
Better than the obverse. We’ll appreciate even trace amounts of moisture.
ScienceDaily: Scientists bring oxygen back to dead fjord.
Of interest. Could be classified as minor geoengineering.
Pacific Standard: Who’s Really to Blame for the Black Death?
I get tired of every friggin’ event getting viewed (or bodily into) a climate-change lens. You know I believe in climate change; it’s just that it’s become the go-to culprit for every historical crisis now, to the exclusion of all other influences.
InstantShift: 50 Most Beautiful Animal Migration Photos.
Mind-blowing, some of these. I’d like to see them enlarged, someday.
SciAm: Pig Poop Fouls North Carolina Streams.
Well, I happen to know that NC universities are working hard to try to come up with ways to deal with the problem in-situ. My aunt worked in such research for one of those scholarly institutions. We used to make all kinds of jokes, but after living downwind of a small pig farm, I have to say it’s incredibly important. Until you’ve experienced it, you have NO idea. A smell so bad, you almost vomit on the first wafts to your sinus passages.
SciAm: Oil Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections.
“... findings suggest that the deep biosphere is actually filled with connections, and that microbes move from one oil reservoir to another, colonizing them almost as soon as they form in some cases.” Once again, ‘impermeable rock layers’ seem more and more to be myth.
BBC: ‘Next Pinatubo’ a test of geoengineering.
Even if the technique remains unused, it is still worth learning about.
SciAm: U.S. Droughts Will Be the Worst in 1,000 Years.
Worse, Mora lost their legal challenge against frackers in their area. As if we have the water to support any oil and gas endeavors.
I rend my shirt, scream to the sky, “DOES COMMON SENSE EXIST ANYWHERE?”
BBC News: Plastic waste heading for oceans quantified
Aeon: Welcome to Earth, population 500 million.
The Nation: Scientists - We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis.
BBC: How do US cities get rid of snow?
NYC can be miserable in the snow, but after a day or two, it all goes in the Hudson and East River. Nice to have a dump at both ends of the cross-streets.
SciAm: Bald Eagles Prove Full of Flame Retardants.
The gods are playing with us. There’s something terribly ironic about legal flag-burning and now having fireproof eagles ...
Guardian.UK: Owl attacks joggers and steals their hats.
Hmmph. You’ll recall a couple of years ago, I got my hair parted by a Great Horned Owl while photographing in a draw near Galisteo. Making a nest? Who knows.
c|net: NASA plans mission to Jupiter’s extraordinary moon Europa.
Crowdfund it! This couldn’t help but reveal amazing results.
Vimeo: Ocean Gravity.
You just know someone’s going to ‘borrow’ this for a sci-fi movie relatively soon.
SciAm: Here’s why 76 beavers were forced to skydive into the Idaho wilderness in 1948
Now, here’s a quirky link I just couldn’t resist. Skydiving beavers. Who’d a thunk?
NY Times: How Much Snow Has Fallen.
The second map. If true ... *yawn* ... some Governors are going to look pretty silly.
Guardian.UK: ‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’ - sailing amid the ocean lit
Cascadia Vehicle Roof Top Tents.
Guardian.UK: ‘Three suns’ appear over Mongolia in rare anthelion phenomenon – video.
It’s that time of year. Cool.
Mashable: X-ray video shows exactly how much can hide in hamster’s chubby cheeks.
Good grief. Pouches extend back to the hips. Talk about ‘packing it on.’
Weather moving in tomorrow.
The clouds can’t make up their minds - a complete jumble.
Rush jobs, and an ear-lowering.
I should be linking by early afternoon. In the meantime, if you have any sewers in your family (as in SEW-ers), go help the koalas ... please.
Guardian.UK: Methane plume over western US illustrates climate cost of gas leaks.
“The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near the desert trading post of Cuba, New Mexico, may be colourless and odourless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from space.” And encroaching Chaco. This cannot stand.