Atlantic: Should the U.S. Adopt Water Markets Like Australia’s to Solve the West’s Water
“Many droughts will occur. [snip] Many seasons in a long series will be fruitless.” My distant relation, ladies and germs.
ScienceDaily: Discovery of ‘Jurassic butterflies’.
Not to rain on the parade, but can I express that I was hoping for five foot wingspans? (wink)
NPR: Researchers Who Need To Avoid Mosquito Bites Tell What Works For them.
Guardian.UK: Bears get a handle on opening car doors – but could it be their downfall?
Bears are anything but stupid.
Tampa Bay Times: Florida lizard that survived being made into a salad becomes New Jersey class pet.
Riverside Elementary in my hometown of Princeton. Cute.
Guardian.UK: Toxic chemicals found in most outdoor gear.
“The study showed that toxic chemicals are ‘still widely present in products by brands such as Jack Wolfskin, the North Face, Patagonia, Mammut, Norrona and Salewa, especially in the production of footwear, trousers, sleeping bags and some jackets.’.” It’s a bit naive to want Teflon-like features in outdoor gear, and not expect some entertaining chemical combos to be utilized.
NBC News/Oregon Governor: Feds Told Us To Keep Quiet About Occupation.
Ball firmly in Obama’s court now. Next?
PS Mag: 2015 Was the Hottest Year in History.
Our atmosphere turns another dark page, thanks to overpopulation and other excess.
Guardian.UK: Leonardo DiCaprio savages corporate greed of big oil: ‘Enough is enough’.
This would have been much more daring in the days of high per-barrel prices. Now? Latest on the bandwagon-du-jour.
SF New Mexican: More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures.
“A lot of people say we just need the earth to stop shaking, and I understand that, but the fact of the matter is that without the ability to dispose of wastewater, we cannot produce oil and gas in the state of Oklahoma, and this is our lifeblood.” Read that one twice, and see if you have as hard a time believing anyone could state that.
Archaeology News Network: Scientists weigh in on ‘giraffe relative’ fossil.
Awesome. Sort of a giraffe-moose on steroids.
BBC: French explorer Jacques Cousteau’s Calypso to sail again.
NWS: Weekly Weather Briefing for NM.
Great to see the snowpack updates. 150%+ Woohooo!
Emmett, did you see Edgewood had two feet?
NM has 10’ drifts ... national news sort of notices ... and ...
... as the storm moves East, I’m awaiting the 24/7 news cycle to report “A FOOT in NYC! DISASTER!”
Awaiting this ‘monster snowstorm.’
Flurries at the moment.
Update: Halfway to predicted depths, and still 12 hours or more to go.
Guardian.UK: Meat eating could save the planet.
Interesting arguments I’ve not heard before.
Guardian.UK: Fracking under national parks approved by MPs amid acrimony.
Archaeology News Network: New study shows surprising path of bird evolution.
Make fun of birdwatchers and ‘bird brains’ all you want; birds are pretty amazing.
Slate: Wild feral horses are bad for the environment in the West.
I love seeing wild horses. But they do need population control, otherwise they become like deer back East. Not enough predators.
Discover: New Form of Bacteria Invincible to All Known Antibiotics.
Mother Nature’s working overtime to find a way to reduce humanity’s burgeoning numbers.
Archaeology News Network: Ancient Greek temple aligned to winter solstice full moon.
Um ... As I understand it, calculating moon movements was a pretty complex task. I wear a skeptic’s garb on this one.
Guardian.UK: Massive natural gas storage leak alarms California residents, climate activists.
Dang. We’re in for a warm summer next year, methinks.