SciAm: Water Use Rises as Fracking Expands.
“Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought. Those are the results of a U.S. Geological Survey study published by the American Geophysical Union ...”
In which case, the technique should be banned in any drought-risk area. Common sense, please?
ArtDaily: ‘Nightscape’ - A light & sound experience by Klip collective opens at Longwood Gardens.
SciAm: Cactus As Biofuel Could Help With Food-Versus-Fuel Fight.
Come. Take our invasive chain cholla cactus by the dumpsterload. And we’ll bless you.
BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?
Discover: Smoke From Wildfires in Canada Stream Across Much of the Central United States.
Gee, thanks ... we’ve had plenty, really.
SF Reporter: Munching on Trees.
Unnerving to see, but the foliage will be back full next year. Saying it’ll ‘sort of’ recover by fall is a bit much, IMHO. The buggers eat all the foliage, leave ugly tents that fall away to dead leaf-skeletons.
SF Reporter: Laissez-faire approach to fire in Santa Fe National Forest is clearing out dry fuels.
“TThe blue haze seen on Santa Fe’s horizon over the weekend was the result of a 3,500-acre fire burning west of Socorro just outside the community of Magdalena in the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands.”
BBC: The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost).
Extraction company strongarms. They buy a lot of influence.
Vimeo: Timelapse of the Volcano Calbuco eruption in Southern Chile.
Guardian.UK: Dead 17ft oarfish washes up on southern California shore.
“Let’s all pose with a dead fish!” What about detail shots of the fish, for God’s sake? It looks beautiful.
Guardian.UK: Yellowstone rangers tell tourists: if you mess with the bison, you get the horns.
“Any less than 75ft is unsafe.” Hmmm. Perhaps Santa Fe should enlist the assistance of bison in the appropriate use of ‘selfie sticks’ ...
A great deal of chaotic energy aloft.
This stuff will be heading towards TX shortly.
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.