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SciAm: Oil Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections.

... findings suggest that the deep biosphere is actually filled with connections, and that microbes move from one oil reservoir to another, colonizing them almost as soon as they form in some cases.” Once again, ‘impermeable rock layers’ seem more and more to be myth.

02/15/15 • 11:54 AM • NatureScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: ‘Next Pinatubo’ a test of geoengineering.

Even if the technique remains unused, it is still worth learning about.

02/15/15 • 11:38 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: U.S. Droughts Will Be the Worst in 1,000 Years.

Some time between 2050 and 2100, extended drought conditions in both regions will become more severe than the megadroughts of the 12th and 13th centuries.” Lovely. Just lovely. And, further ...

Worse, Mora lost their legal challenge against frackers in their area. As if we have the water to support any oil and gas endeavors.

I rend my shirt, scream to the sky, “DOES COMMON SENSE EXIST ANYWHERE?”

02/12/15 • 07:04 PM • EnvironmentalHistoryNatureScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC News: Plastic waste heading for oceans quantified

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world’s oceans each year.” So wrong. So wrong.

02/12/15 • 06:25 PM • ConsumptionEnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Aeon: Welcome to Earth, population 500 million.

Um ... Aeon, meet Wool. I mean, seriously. No need to reinvent the wheel.

02/10/15 • 07:12 PM • ArtsBooksEnvironmentalNatureScience • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Nation: Scientists - We Cannot Geoengineer Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis.

The climate ‘doesn’t go backwards. It goes different. And we don’t even understand where that different state ends up.’

02/10/15 • 06:18 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: How do US cities get rid of snow?

NYC can be miserable in the snow, but after a day or two, it all goes in the Hudson and East River. Nice to have a dump at both ends of the cross-streets.

02/09/15 • 06:30 PM • GeneralNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Bald Eagles Prove Full of Flame Retardants.

The gods are playing with us. There’s something terribly ironic about legal flag-burning and now having fireproof eagles ...

02/09/15 • 06:07 PM • EnvironmentalLawNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Owl attacks joggers and steals their hats.

Hmmph. You’ll recall a couple of years ago, I got my hair parted by a Great Horned Owl while photographing in a draw near Galisteo. Making a nest? Who knows.

02/06/15 • 09:35 AM • NaturePersonalTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

c|net: NASA plans mission to Jupiter’s extraordinary moon Europa.

Crowdfund it! This couldn’t help but reveal amazing results.

02/03/15 • 06:40 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vimeo: Ocean Gravity.

You just know someone’s going to ‘borrow’ this for a sci-fi movie relatively soon.

02/01/15 • 11:18 AM • Motion GraphicsNatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Here’s why 76 beavers were forced to skydive into the Idaho wilderness in 1948

Now, here’s a quirky link I just couldn’t resist. Skydiving beavers. Who’d a thunk?

01/29/15 • 01:59 PM • EnvironmentalHistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: How Much Snow Has Fallen.

The second map. If true ... *yawn* ... some Governors are going to look pretty silly.

01/26/15 • 10:42 PM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: ‘Fifty miles out we could smell the pollution’ - sailing amid the ocean lit

It’s my biggest fear. [snip] There’s nothing you can do except keep your eyes open during the day and keep the watertight doors closed in the bow at night in case the worst happens.

01/25/15 • 10:27 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSportsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Cascadia Vehicle Roof Top Tents.

Neat idea.

01/23/15 • 01:33 PM • ConsumptionDesignNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: ‘Three suns’ appear over Mongolia in rare anthelion phenomenon – video.

It’s that time of year.  Cool.

01/22/15 • 11:00 AM • Motion GraphicsNaturePhotographyScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: X-ray video shows exactly how much can hide in hamster’s chubby cheeks.

Good grief. Pouches extend back to the hips. Talk about ‘packing it on.’

01/15/15 • 02:08 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Weather moving in tomorrow.

Unsettled weather.

The clouds can’t make up their minds - a complete jumble.

01/11/15 • 06:39 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Rush jobs, and an ear-lowering.

I should be linking by early afternoon. In the meantime, if you have any sewers in your family (as in SEW-ers), go help the koalas ... please.

01/09/15 • 10:33 AM • NatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Methane plume over western US illustrates climate cost of gas leaks.

The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near the desert trading post of Cuba, New Mexico, may be colourless and odourless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from space.” And encroaching Chaco. This cannot stand.

01/04/15 • 10:29 AM • EconomicsEnvironmentalNaturePoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Discover Mag: Baby It’s Cold Outside, and Here’s Why.

Oh no ... another polar vortex mention. I keep picturing a black hole. With ice cubes.

12/30/14 • 06:46 PM • NatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Colossal: Ancient Trees — Beth Moon’s 14-Year Quest to Photograph the World’s Most

Neat. Not enough samples, IMHO.

12/29/14 • 05:30 PM • NaturePhotographyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Colossal: Spectacular Ice Formations Atop a Windswept Mountain in Slovenia.

We’ve seen similar pix before, but never so dramatic.  Enjoy.

12/19/14 • 09:25 AM • NaturePhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

USA Today: Dramatic video shows turbulence rock AA flight over Pacific.

Commercial airliners are, if my memory is correct, able to handle -1.5 to +3 g’s.  Unspoken as yet, turbulence seems to be on the rise. Global warming, one assumes.  We certainly see more lenticular clouds over the mountain ranges here, than in past years. Lenticular clouds have (as opposed to the above article) broken even military aircraft to pieces.

12/18/14 • 09:17 AM • NatureScienceTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: America’s ‘ringing’ rock arches recorded.

The field is very well established in civil engineering; it’s called structural health monitoring. We’re just the first to extend that to natural rock arches.” Coolness.

12/17/14 • 07:53 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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