Guardian.UK: Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific.
The poor Pacific, another of mankind’s dumping grounds.
SciAm: Does Climate Change Stand a Chance against the Oil Boom in U.S. Elections?
Nope. Not as long as the realities of extraction tech keeps getting papered over.
Discover Magazine: Birth of El Niño?
“If unusually strong westerly winds continue over the equatorial Western Pacific during March and April, this Kelvin wave has the potential to trigger a strong El Niño event over the Eastern Pacific later this year.” Hey, Aeolus, eat some garlic. We need to get this moving.
NPR: Family Trust Wins Supreme Court Fight Against Bike Trail.
“The federal government loses its control of land that’s granted to railroad companies after the track has been abandoned.” I expect a flurry of land grabs. The oil and gas folks won’t sit still, certainly.
365/2: 066. Snow’s a-comin’.
Mashable: Scientists - El Nino (May Be) A-Comin’
“According to both L’Heureux and McPhaden, scientists issued this outlook without the benefit of their full complement of available data. A network of ocean observing buoys strategically located throughout the central and eastern tropical Pacific and designed specifically for improving El Niño forecasts, is now only 40% operational, largely due to federal budget cuts.” Oy. My emphasis. Well, El Niño would be welcome moisture here, if it does form. We need it. Roofers in the area will be mightily pleased, too.
Guardian.UK: Snake eats crocodile in Queensland lake.
Well now, you don’t see this everyday.
Ski Santa Fe Webcam.
A foot of snow was forecast; looks like they almost got that much.
365/2: 061. Storms breaking up.
And, snow on the Jemez.
Seattle Times: ‘Serious problem’ - 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam.
Woof. Another infrastructure wake-up call. I understand, from previous reading that about 80% of dams in the US will have outlived their average 50 year lifespan. Excuse me if I see this as another canary in the coalmine.
CBC.CA: Aboriginal people may have lived on Beringia for millenia.
Youtube/GoPro: Pelican Learns To Fly.
Neat. [I hope the pelican was not harmed by mounting the GoPro. No real info on the vid.]
365/2: 058. A bit of rain at sunset.
Got a couple of tablespoons of rain. Ground soaked it up in seconds, the hardscapes evaporated it in about an hour.
BBC: Smell of forest pine can limit climate change.
Pine-sol saves the world? No. But I couldn’t resist saying it.
Guardian.UK: Geoengineering side effects could be potentially disastrous, research shows.
Discovery News: Sun Erupts with Huge X-Class Flare, Biggest of 2014.
365/2: 055 | Motion. 10 minutes of Santa Fe sunset, crunched into 23 seconds.
Wasn’t much of a sunset; just trying a technique. As in, “put the camera on a tripod and let it do its thing.”
Later: Flickr’s video interface and playback are pretty rotten. Doesn’t even work with Facebook, and when I embed it here, it’s a still. You have to click the photo and go to Flickr to see it. Rots. Going with Vimeo from now on.
Youtube: EPIC storm off South Coast of Ireland.
Mother Nature is supposedly gentle. She obviously hasn’t had a talk with Poseidon.
SciAm: The American Chestnut’s Genetic Rebirth.
It will be a triumph for genetic engineering, if it bears fruit. The mighty forests of early America are legendary, and none alive today have ever experienced the like.
365/2: 054. Sun dazzle.
Nice cloudage today.
Real Shit - Organic Manure For Urban Farmers.
Offered, sans comment.
365/2: 050. Viewfinder shot.
Yashicamat. Looking out at a mean-spirited, ornery + blustery evening.
NWS Albuquerque: Significant Weather Update: Feb 19, 2014 330PM.
60+mph winds. All night tonight. Oh joy.
Time: Obama Plays Water-Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought.
“President Barack Obama traveled to California on Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses.” Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, sir.
Syracuse.com: Great Backyard Bird Count - Some waterfowl abandon icy Great Lakes.
“With the Great Lakes almost completely frozen, some species, such as white-winged scoter and long-tailed duck, have left the lakes and stopped at inland locations where they’re not usually found at this time of year.” And Snowy Owls in 25 states.