Storms to the west (a good thing) ...
... and ‘insta-fog.’
Lindau-Nobel.org: The Ozone Hole Could Become History.
Archetype for climate change?
NY Times: Reverse Engineering Birds’ Beaks Into Dinosaur Bones.
“It shouldn’t produce some kind of monster.” Yeah, but ... a dinosaur-headed chicken? I ask you. Sounds pretty monstrous to me.
Guardian.UK: Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to ‘catastrophic’ oil spill, experts warn.
“Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts say.” I hear the words of Nick Fury: “We need a response team.” Ain’t no Avengers in the Arctic.
Mashable: Another major earthquake strikes Nepal.
Kathmandu can’t catch a break.
BBC: Nepal earthquake, ‘Worst-affected’ village of Langtang.
Wiped out by landslide and avalanche. The video is harrowing.
Hugging wild lions, snuggling rhinos ...
I get fed up with the ‘loving/nurturing Mother Nature’ meme. Never more than this morning. A raven swooped on the robin’s nest in the piñon tree out in front of our house, ripped their babies to pieces, and ate them as the parents screamed bloody murder. Sandra is disconsolate. Puts a pall on the day. And that’s nothing compared to Kathmandu ...
Getting to be that ‘hail’ time of year.
Not yet, but soon. Week or three.
BBC: Caravan, A Great British Love Story.
“There is a unique union of canopy, awning and torrential rain that one can only experience in caravan and camping parks.” If you lived in a row house somewhere in the UK, this would seem more indulgent than we in America would believe.
Busy as a ...
Guardian.UK: Bear knuckle fight - California man sends bruin fleeing with punch on the snout.
Priceonomics: Hiking the 2,650-Mile Pacific Crest Trail.
“The film adaptation of Wild, released in December 2014, has inspired the largest influx of hikers to ever apply for PCT permits. Last week, some 3,500 hikers were reported to have launched from the trail’s southern terminus. Gauged with previous figures — 1,870 in 2013, and 2,655 in 2014 — that’s nearly a 200% increase over two years.” One of the many reasons, when you come across a special place ... you shut the h-e-double-toothpick up. Yet to save some places, one must reveal them. The great modern outdoors-lover’s quandary.
SciAm: Oil Drilling May Slow Drought Recovery.
“Oil and gas drilling in the Rockies and Great Plains may cause long-term harm to ecosystems.” YA THINK?!! How long have I been saying it? To use a water-intensive drilling technique in this area is patently insane and should be banned by law.
DiscoverMag: Missing Magma Found Beneath Yellowstone Park.
“And now scientists say that volume has been underestimated. New studies of the volcano reveal a deeper magma reservoir that holds more than four times the magma volume previously known.” Here’s a dumb question. Dumb only because if it’s so, it’s dumb. Really dumb. Is anyone putting fracking chemicals into deep wells nearby ... ?
Later: Proposed. Good lord. 80 miles ain’t far enough, in my book.
NJ.com: Landslide along Delaware River forces evacuation of 2 Florence homes.
Some are inaccurately labelling this a ‘sinkhole’ for sensationalist purposes. This article gives you better info.
SciAm: Oil May Have Killed Gulf Dolphins.
“It’s impossible to say if it’s back to normal because we don’t know what normal was.” Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is like fracking - noone establishes a baseline before introducing disruptive technologies. This is how corporations avoid liability.
Guardian.UK: Stegosaurus back plates differed between genders, new study reveals.
Important for The Spotters Guide to Stegosaurs. Seriously, that’s pretty neat.
SciAm: Greener Fracking Tech Reduces Injection Of Lots Of Wasteful Fluid.
Okay, but will it serve as an even better lubricant for geologic strata? Note that simple pectin is roughly equivalent to this compound.
Youtube: Spring at Kew Gardens - see the gardens come alive.
I’m dying laughing at the sound effects.
SciAm: The Enduring Mystery of the Missing Oil Spilt in the Gulf of Mexico.
Italian Ways: Limonaia Pra’ de la Fam.
It is, indeed, charming.
SF New Mexican: New Mexico duck tests positive for bird flu.
Guardian.UK: Robot reveals inside Fukushima nuclear reactor – video.
Doesn’t look particularly auspicious; I have no way to judge.
BBC: Woman wounded in US armadillo shooting.
Armadillos, taking potshots at people? No, just stupidity. “Police say the bullet ricocheted off the animal’s hard armour, entered the woman’s mobile home, and hit her in the back as she sat in a reclining chair.”
BoredPanda: Photographer Shoots Angry Lion Photo Moments Before It Jumped At Him To Attack.
After you read it, you’ll think ‘Darwin Award Winner’.