AP: Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited.
WHAT?!! Do you know how much we could use that post-pee water? Seriously, I’m surprised frackers haven’t made competing bids yet.
Patrice Ayme’s Thoughts: Terminal Greenhouse Crisis.
SciAm: Ohio Links Fracking to Earthquakes, Announces Tougher Rules.
“In the strongest wording yet from the state linking energy drilling and quakes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said that injecting sand, water and chemicals deep underground to help release oil and gas may have produced tremors in Poland Township last month.”
365/2: 099. From death, life.
Pretty severe crop, but worth it, IMHO.
Mother Jones: Why This Year’s El Niño Could Grow Into a Monster.
“The warm water just below the ocean’s surface is on par with that of the biggest El Niño ever recorded, in 1997-98. That event caused $35 billion in damages and was blamed for around 23,000 deaths worldwide, according to the University of New South Wales.” I’d better caulk the roof.
Guardian.UK: Relics thrown to the surface by long-dead rabbits.
You don’t need fancy excavation tools; just train some rabbits?
DiscoverMag: Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Riddle Finally Solved.
“It turns out that flies find stretches of water to mate and lay their eggs in by looking for the horizontally polarized light it reflects. Zebra stripes, however, are vertical and reflect polarized light differently, which makes them unappealing to horseflies.” Dated April 2, so I’m assuming legit.
ThinkProgress: Drilling Co. Could Force PA Landowners To Allow Fracking Under Their Land.
“Oil and gas company Hilcorp is trying to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law that would allow the company to bundle properties of people who don’t sign drilling leases with their neighbors who do, meaning that even landowners who don’t sign leases will be forced to allow drilling under their land if enough of their neighbors sign leases.”
SciAm: No Pause in Global Sea-Level Rise.
“When the scientists corrected for this La Niña effect on rain patterns in the past decade, they found that the slowdown in sea-level rise disappeared and fell in line with the 1994-2002 pace, coming to about 3.3 millimeters a year. The results call for re-examination of long-term sea-level records to detect the true warming signal ...”
NM Fishing. Don’t these numbers make you sad?
# of fish you can eat monthly from NM’s lakes and streams. Mercury, DDT and PCB contamination.
Vimeo: A Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout.
A bit maudlin, but instructive. Would’ve liked to have seen that tower in a thunderstorm (isn’t that what we all wonder?).
365/2: 082. Quaking Aspen flowers.
365/2: 081. Plum blossoms.
This year, the birds haven’t eaten all the buds, so we’ll actually have a nice display out the bedroom window.
365/2: 080. First liz of the season.
Denver Post: Tensions over Rio Grande escalate with drought.
Ultimately, possession is 9/10’s of the law … right?
The Radio Ecoshock Show: Climate Dark Age.
Mashable: Unusually Intense El Nino May Lie Ahead, Scientists Say.
SF Reporter: Tinder Box Fears - Residents fear Forest Service thinning delays jeopardize safety.
If the Feds won’t move, locals must.
Guardian.UK: A remarkably accurate global warming prediction, made in 1972.
Discover: How Sea Snakes Survive Without Water to Drink.
“Dehydration at sea could be a unique challenge to marine vertebrates like the sea snake, and may explain their rapidly declining populations in some parts of the world.” Rainfall is how they hydrate.
Reuters: France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season.
NY Times: Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang.
MailOnline.UK: Research shows ladybugs travel as fast as racehorse + fly at height of 3,600ft.
Silver City Sun-News: Warning issued on New Mexico fire conditions.
60MPH winds forecast for overnight in my area, with single-digit humidity.