Guardian.UK: Rainwater harvesting—dismissed by Texas voters but embraced by business.
“Rainwater collection played a key role in getting several Australian cities through their recent ‘millennium drought’. But the practice routinely gets overlooked in the United States, as underlined by the Texas plan.”
Teal International: Tail Feather Camper.
Brill. Light enough to be towed by smaller vehicles, I’ll warrant.
[If you’re too freaked out: That is, I believe, a flying fox. A fruit bat. He wants a sip o’ your morning OJ, or your morning smoothie, not your blood.]
Nature: Large magma reservoir gets bigger.
Foggy morning leaves.
Very rare to get fog in Santa Fe. Must be thoroughly enjoyed when experienced.
Sun broke out on our little aspen.
Past peak; won’t last much longer with these temps.
Guardian.UK: North Dakota recorded 300 oil spills in two years without notifying the public.
“What you don’t know, nobody is going to tell you.” Until it’s too late. Outrageous.
redOrbit: Badger Helps Archaeologists Uncover 12th Century Burial Site.
Anyone tried training badgers? I mean, really. They’re perfect for the job of archaeological discovery. Long as you don’t let them do anything other than discover the find. Those talons would tear up artifacts in no time.
SciAm: Tens of Thousands of Cattle Feared Dead after South Dakota Storm.
“I’ve been in this business 50 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.” Read history, you’ll find this happened in the late 1800’s, wiping out British investments in American cattle ranches.
Civil War Memory: US Park Rangers Lodge Issues Statement.
“While we are “not ashamed” to do this unpleasant task, we are somewhat less than proud of elected officials in Washington. This situation was preventable, and should be fixed. We’re also not so proud of those in the media that sensationalize and incorrectly report on our actions, and find it fit to blame those that enforce the law rather than work to change the laws or deal with the political leaders that make and implement them. The American people and our international visitors deserve better.”
Guardian.UK: France cements fracking ban.
Sauron’s army’s arrival is imminent.
4:30PM today. Crazy weather.
NPR: County In Utah Threatens Takeover Of National Park Areas.
“How do we let local businesses starve to death?” I hope they’re giving their Congresspeople hell.
SF New Mexican: Los Alamos climate researcher discusses dire forecast for New Mexico forests.
“Rising temperatures are killing forests globally, and research by Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists finds it is highly likely that the Southwest, including New Mexico, will lose the vast majority of its forests by 2050. That means no golden aspens in the fall or pine trees in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.”
Guardian.UK: Why we’d be mad to rule out climate engineering.
SF New Mexican: Hikers encounter hunters on Aspen Vista Trail.
Don’t go bushwhacking in hunting season.
Telegraph.UK: Vast streams found beneath Antarctic ice sheet.
BBC: Sponges help coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts.
Observer.UK: Let the fading foliage stand this autumn.
Allow animals to forage, seeds to drop. I usually clear in early spring.
Guardian.UK: Dangerous levels of radioactivity found at fracking waste site in Pennsylvania.
New Scientist: Deadly lake turns animals into statues.
Perhaps this is how the Egyptians learned of the utility of natron for preserving corpses ...
ABC News: Judge Hears Claims BP Lied to Feds About Oil Spill.
“A week after the spill started, high-ranking BP official Doug Suttles told Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry that the company estimated oil was flowing at a rate of 1,000 to 5,000 barrels per day. But the company’s adversaries at the trial say BP’s own internal documents and emails show an effort to conceal much higher estimates. [snip] The [BP] employee, Mike Mason, warned them that they should be ‘very cautious’ standing behind the lower estimate because his team’s models showed estimates that were up to 20 times higher.”
Guardian.UK: Exhausted owl takes refuge on HMS Illustrious flight deck.
Guardian.UK: Colorado rock slide kills five hikers.
“Boulders weighing more than 100 tons crashed into a viewing area half a mile (800 metres) up a popular day hike area …” Ground up like hamburger. Terrible.