SciAm: EPA Approves Dow’s Enlist Herbicide for GMOs.
Dow looks to outdo Monsanto in the current spate of superweed issues. 2,4-D will likely cause some “Agent Orange!” cranks to come out of the woodwork, but it’s a substance that’s got a very long history ... and a very short halflife. The real question is, how fast will the weeds adjust? Roundup alone didn’t last very long.
CBD: Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into California Aquifers.
“Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.” Woof. What a bunch of maroons.
DiscoverMag: NASA - September Was Warmest on Record.
365/2: 281. This crazy robin ...
... in the midst of a cold, COLD rainstorm, decides she wants to sit in the skanky bowl I put out for the coyotes to drink from. She did a little bathing, and sat there for at least ten minutes in the cold water. Weirdsville.
NOAA Aviation Weather Center.
Want to know if you’re facing a bumpy ride?
365/2: 273. Cosmos are really happy that the summer heat is gone.
Guardian.UK: Ban on uranium mining at Grand Canyon upheld by Arizona court.
A welcome bit of common sense.
Philly.com: Longwood to begin restoring its most popular garden.
They’ve been talking about doing this for over 30 years. I don’t agree about the formal boxwoods - I like the regimented nature. I wonder what’s going to happen to the ‘Eye of Water’ on the clifftop above the Fountain Garden. I suppose it’s just way too old-tech.
It’s one of my favorite places, Longwood. Don’t ruin it with too many ‘new ideas.’ Flames? Please, no. Longwood does not need to be Las Vegas.
SciAm: Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water.
Esquire: The U.S. Forest Service Wants to Fine You $1,000 for Taking Pictures in the Forest.
I suspect it is just badly-worded; that they’re intending to just corral large commercial shoots in a safe, predictable manner. Amateur video is breaking through a barrier with all these fancy tracking rigs and tripods and things ... it is up to the USFS to contain any damage. So put a bungee on any knee-jerk reactions until it settles down.
SciAm/Blogs: 551 Feet Under the Sea - What It’s Like to Ride in a Deep-Sea Sub.
Take a trip, textually.
365/2: 262. Cool and crisp up in the Sangres.
The aspens are turning in patches at the highest elevations (10k here).
365/2: 259. Odile ain’t doing much yet.
‘Course when I dare Nature, she comes back and pounds me to death. We’ll see tomorrow.
Later: For Throwback Thursday, from the ‘80’s.
Guardian.UK: Secrets of a badger’s toilet.
Linked for the title. Well, mostly.
Watch Odile hit Arizona and NM on the National Weather Services’ advanced weather data display.
Here. Took a minute or two to boot up on my browser.
365/2: 257. She’s mad at me.
I was trying to use a bounce card to throw some more light on her underside, and she tried to rip my finger off.
Vox: Winter is coming, in one gif.
Stop that. I love summer.
BBC: Rare colossal squid thawed for examination in New Zealand.
During the video we find that sperm whales like to play with their food.
BBC: Growing threat to American birds, says report.
“We’re particularly concerned about the birds that live in deserts and grasslands in the West, such as the sage grouse. These lands are being heavily used and there’s a great deal of oil and gas development, so it’s created a huge conservation challenge.” Since living in NM, I’ve noticed steep declines in the junco, towhee and chickadee/titmouse populations. Most starkly among the juncos. They usually came in clouds in the fall, now we’re lucky to see a handful.
Youtube: Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea.
Mashable: Forecasters Lower El Nino Odds, Predict Weaker, Later Event.
“Interestingly, she said that in the past 10 years, many El Niño and La Niña events have kicked off later in the year, in either late fall or early winter, compared to previous decades.” Snow is as welcome as rain.
KOB: Pino Fire smoke will be visible across northern NM.
I’ve been smelling smoke-tinge on the wind the past couple of days. Look outside, the Pino Fire looks to have smeared across our western views. And the smoke smell is getting stronger by the hour.
Design You Trust: Moose Comes to Work in Dresden, Germany.
Bullwinkle wanted to know more about Germany’s ‘glass ceiling’, but found glass walls are more problematic ...
Archaeology News Network: Monarch butterflies plummet 90 percent, need protection.
I’ve not seen one in at least five years. We used to have a couple dozen sail through and drink at puddles.
365/2: 237 ... end of season already.
It amazes me that every year, immediately after Indian Market, the weather shifts subtly into the autumn pattern. We’ll still get hot days, but the leaves are suddenly browning, yellowing on the edges. The fuse has been lit for an explosion of winter. Until then, the marigolds are still happy ...