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 ...
SF New Mexican: Study - Tree deaths outpace new growth across state.
“New Mexico trees are dying faster than they are being replaced with new growth across much of the state, according to a study on forest health released Tuesday. Brown trees dotting landscapes around the state are a highly visible sign of what’s happening.” Well now. I’m going to start giving trees as housewarming and general gifts.
APOD: Milky Way over Yellowstone.
Guardian.UK: Global warming is already here and could be irreversible, UN panel says.
DesignYouTrust: GoPro Fetch. Mount a GoPro to your pooch.
You know, might be a really useful tool for search & rescue folks.
United States Drought Monitor.
We’re doing much better. More precip for the weekend, though that’ll dampen Indian Market.
SciAm: Western Scrub Jays Are Capable of Metacognition.
They are damned smart birds. They know my routines better than I do myself. I’ll put in a plug for ravens, too ... though they’re more independent and wilful.
NPR: Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed.
Longtime readers know I’m getting very tired of history being rewritten from a climate-change perspective alone. Climate change is all too often interchanged with global warming, and both terms tend to be misunderstood as ‘manmade’ when used.
Here, ‘climate change’ caused the complex systems to collapse. Climate is but one factor. No doubt drought is a serious event to deal with. But it was not caused by humans at that time. Nature mitigated against complex systems, and the most complex and fragile collapsed causing a domino effect. Using the words ‘climate change’ here would make some believe Ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, etc. were causing manmade global warming. I picture King Tut ‘rolling coal’ through Amarna, heading for Memphis and Thebes.
One of the theories about the Chacoans [Chaco, up in NW NM] is that the complexity of their buildings and religious system was challenged by long periods of drought and brought that civilization crashing down. When the people left, they hauled the contents of the buildings out to the middens piles. They burned and broke everything. All that is left is mostly in chunks and shards. Signs of anger at the religion? So angry one goes back to hunting/gathering? We know they believed that their religious ceremonies had to be exactly timed to celestial events, and if these ceremonies were not performed perfectly, the crops and bounty for the next year might suffer. A drought, especially an extended one, would certainly shoot a hole in that religion’s faithful. Anything that disrupted the production of food would make that civilization unstable.
BUT - take away the climate change interpretation, mixed with new discoveries - another theory has surfaced. Another people, or another religion may have infiltrated. Violent, cannibalistic. The burning and destruction may have been the result of violent overthrow. The cannibalism, ritualistic. Taller-than-average remains have been found, with leg bones split longways, for eating of marrow. Tosses the climate change narrative out on its ear (mostly).
(Later, related to the paragraph above, by total coincidence: Violence in the Ancient Southwest Offers Insights into Peace, Western Digs.)
My point, finally. We are never operating outside of Nature, nor is Nature operating outside of human influence. This current fad of history through the single lens of ‘climate change’ is missing many details that ought not be missed.
365/2: 228. Stealth moth.
365/2: 227. Busy bees today.
Just a grab shot.
Later: Outtake, rain over the Jemez shows the topography.
ProPublica, Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel to Frack.
“For many years fracking industry groups insisted their member companies never used diesel fuels in their operations. Then, in 2011, a congressional investigation found that in fact between 2005 and 2009, 12 companies had injected 32 million gallons of diesel fuel or fracking fluids containing diesel fuel in wells in 19 states.” This has been known, and ignored and/or buried, for at least a half-dozen years. Companies rely on semantics to dodge legal bullets.
ArtDaily: Winterthur’s Director of Horticulture wins trade association award.
Most tourists go to Longwood Gardens, which is the largest of DuPont estate gardens. But Winterthur has a particularly interesting take on a formal garden - created in sections on a circle, each section is designed to bloom at a different time of year. So you can not only never miss flowering plants, but you also get to see a progression from dormant-to-vivacious any time of year. Well, except winter, of course. Do check out the other DuPont estates though. And Winterthur is an antique-lovers wet dream. The entire main building is chock full of amazing pieces.
Blogging delay: fresh gopher incursion.
Blasted bugger dug 20’ into our courtyard. Three traps, much chewing gum, poison. On to linkage.
Mashable: When to Watch the Most Super Supermoon of 2014.
No, no, NO!! [bangs head on wall] Another ^$^@#%@ trumped-up Moon event. What is it with this Moon obsession, internets?
Guardian.UK: Facts can convince conservatives about global warming – sometimes.
SciAm: Odds of El Niño Weather Pattern Drop, but Still Expected to Form.
“The updated probabilities mean that instead of a 4-in-5 chance that an El Niño would materialize, there is now a 2-in-3 chance it would.” We’ve had enough generous monsoonal activity that I felt the repairs to the back portal were necessary (if we get heavy snow, it could be damaged). See my 365 from two days ago. We now have lovely concrete supporting the pillars, as it should be.
Mashable: A Yellowstone Tourist Crashed a Drone Into One of the World’s Largest Springs.
#^@#%$@$$ The hot springs in Yellowstone rely on very fragile geologic phenomena. It could just calcify over and become part of the spring, or, if heavy enough, could sink and destroy or plug ‘plumbing.’ Trying to fish it out of superheated water, surrounded by fragile calcification, is a major operation. The Yellowstone park service should put up signs with an IM/phone number to report drone sightings immediately.