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Mashable: Unusually Intense El Nino May Lie Ahead, Scientists Say.

Strew that fear and panic; the Southwest’s immune. El Niño usually brings NM moisture. And we need it.

03/19/14 • 04:55 PM • NatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF Reporter: Tinder Box Fears - Residents fear Forest Service thinning delays jeopardize safety.

If the Feds won’t move, locals must.

03/19/14 • 11:22 AM • Home & LivingLawNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: A remarkably accurate global warming prediction, made in 1972.

This research illustrates that climate scientists have understood the main climate control knobs for over four decades. Perhaps it’s about time that we start listening to them.”  Ya think?

03/19/14 • 09:35 AM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discover: How Sea Snakes Survive Without Water to Drink.

Dehydration at sea could be a unique challenge to marine vertebrates like the sea snake, and may explain their rapidly declining populations in some parts of the world.” Rainfall is how they hydrate.

03/19/14 • 09:32 AM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Reuters: France bans Monsanto GM maize ahead of sowing season.

Interesting, because France has one of the greatest ‘superweed’ problems in the EU. Here. Can’t blame it on GM.

03/17/14 • 11:22 AM • NaturePoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Detection of Waves in Space Buttresses Landmark Theory of Big Bang.

Although I might not fully understand it, [snip] this is a signal from the very earliest universe, sending a telegram encoded in gravitational waves.

03/17/14 • 11:01 AM • HistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MailOnline.UK: Research shows ladybugs travel as fast as racehorse + fly at height of 3,600ft.

Up until now, scientists believed that anything over seven foot was a long-distance flight for a ladybird - but the new data shows they can actually travel up to 74 miles in a single flight.

03/17/14 • 10:59 AM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Silver City Sun-News: Warning issued on New Mexico fire conditions.

60MPH winds forecast for overnight in my area, with single-digit humidity.

03/17/14 • 10:55 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

10,000 Birds: Ten Things About The New Sibley.

Sounds like you want to buy one at a bookstore to make sure you don’t get one that’s inked too heavily.

03/16/14 • 03:46 PM • ConsumptionNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Fukushima operator may have to dump contaminated water into Pacific.

The poor Pacific, another of mankind’s dumping grounds.

03/10/14 • 06:17 PM • NaturePoliticsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

03/10/14 • 06:16 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

03/10/14 • 06:12 PM • NatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

03/10/14 • 05:56 PM • EnvironmentalLawNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 066. Snow’s a-comin’.

365/2: 066.

03/07/14 • 05:55 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

03/06/14 • 12:15 PM • EconomicsNaturePoliticsSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Snake eats crocodile in Queensland lake.

Well now, you don’t see this everyday.

03/02/14 • 08:48 PM • NatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ski Santa Fe Webcam.

A foot of snow was forecast; looks like they almost got that much.

03/02/14 • 03:34 PM • NatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 061. Storms breaking up.

365/2: 061.

And, snow on the Jemez.

03/02/14 • 02:56 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

03/02/14 • 12:07 PM • DesignHistoryNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CBC.CA: Aboriginal people may have lived on Beringia for millenia.

Sea-floor cores from beneath today’s Bering Sea show that Beringia — which stretched from Siberia to Canada’s Mackenzie River — was not the barren, treeless tundra it was assumed to have been.

03/01/14 • 11:58 AM • HistoryNatureScholarlyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Youtube/GoPro: Pelican Learns To Fly.

Neat. [I hope the pelican was not harmed by mounting the GoPro. No real info on the vid.]

02/28/14 • 11:08 AM • Motion GraphicsNaturePhotographyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

365/2: 058. A bit of rain at sunset.

365/2: 058.

Got a couple of tablespoons of rain. Ground soaked it up in seconds, the hardscapes evaporated it in about an hour.

02/27/14 • 07:53 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Smell of forest pine can limit climate change.

Pine-sol saves the world? No. But I couldn’t resist saying it.

02/26/14 • 03:12 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Geoengineering side effects could be potentially disastrous, research shows.

Meh. Use what’s already known to work: volcanoes. Or at least consider modelling a geoengineering solution to mimic the effect. Not wild about sulfuric acid, but … any port in a storm.

02/25/14 • 03:21 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discovery News: Sun Erupts with Huge X-Class Flare, Biggest of 2014.

Although this latest X-class flare is impressive, it still occurred during a solar cycle that has been very lackluster.

02/25/14 • 01:31 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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