CS Globe: Harvard Study Proves Why The Bees Are All Disappearing.
“A new study out of Harvard University, published in the June edition of the Bulletin of Insectology puts the nail in the coffin, neonicotinoids are killing bees at an exponential rate, they are the direct cause of the phenomenon labeled as colony collapse disorder (CCD).” Thanks Jim Roepcke on FB.
Discover: Latest Report - El Niño Continues to Bulk Up in the Pacific.
Yeow. Good skiing this winter. I’d better get those snow-removal alternatives lined up.
Guardian.UK: Two coyote attacks on young children prompt California to warn residents.
“Maybe just a handful of coyotes are acting a little aggressive, but in general they do a huge amount of service for the ecosystem. They’re great at rodent control.” Yes indeed. But don’t leave small children unattended in coyote areas - they’re as easy to snatch as household pets. And I’ve repeatedly posted here about what happens when the local coyote pack starts frequenting the area. The “Missing Pet” signs blossom like forsythia in the springtime. The pack can bring down pit bulls and rotts with relative ease.
Guardian.UK: Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 m
“ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.” The Cosby of climate denial?
PS Mag: A New Breed of Ranchers Is Restoring the Landscape and Learning to Live With Predators.
“Cattle ranchers have traditionally been hostile to large carnivores; wolves were nearly hunted, trapped, and poisoned to extinction in the Lower 48 a few decades ago, due in part to the threat they posed to livestock. Zaranek, who has done wolf research in Yellowstone and Canada and now works for the Centennial Valley Association, is trying to ease that relationship. She is testing whether range riders on horseback and ATV can minimize conflicts between livestock and predators.”
YosemiteBlog: Rockfall Reshapes Iconic Half Dome Climb.
SciAm: Water Use Rises as Fracking Expands.
“Oil and natural gas fracking, on average, uses more than 28 times the water it did 15 years ago, gulping up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well and putting farming and drinking sources at risk in arid states, especially during drought. Those are the results of a U.S. Geological Survey study published by the American Geophysical Union ...”
In which case, the technique should be banned in any drought-risk area. Common sense, please?
ArtDaily: ‘Nightscape’ - A light & sound experience by Klip collective opens at Longwood Gardens.
SciAm: Cactus As Biofuel Could Help With Food-Versus-Fuel Fight.
Come. Take our invasive chain cholla cactus by the dumpsterload. And we’ll bless you.
BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?
Discover: Smoke From Wildfires in Canada Stream Across Much of the Central United States.
Gee, thanks ... we’ve had plenty, really.
SF Reporter: Munching on Trees.
Unnerving to see, but the foliage will be back full next year. Saying it’ll ‘sort of’ recover by fall is a bit much, IMHO. The buggers eat all the foliage, leave ugly tents that fall away to dead leaf-skeletons.
SF Reporter: Laissez-faire approach to fire in Santa Fe National Forest is clearing out dry fuels.
“TThe blue haze seen on Santa Fe’s horizon over the weekend was the result of a 3,500-acre fire burning west of Socorro just outside the community of Magdalena in the Cibola National Forest and Grasslands.”
BBC: The Texas town that banned fracking (and lost).
Extraction company strongarms. They buy a lot of influence.
Vimeo: Timelapse of the Volcano Calbuco eruption in Southern Chile.
Guardian.UK: Dead 17ft oarfish washes up on southern California shore.
“Let’s all pose with a dead fish!” What about detail shots of the fish, for God’s sake? It looks beautiful.
Guardian.UK: Yellowstone rangers tell tourists: if you mess with the bison, you get the horns.
“Any less than 75ft is unsafe.” Hmmm. Perhaps Santa Fe should enlist the assistance of bison in the appropriate use of ‘selfie sticks’ ...
A great deal of chaotic energy aloft.
This stuff will be heading towards TX shortly.
Storms to the west (a good thing) ...
... and ‘insta-fog.’
Lindau-Nobel.org: The Ozone Hole Could Become History.
Archetype for climate change?
NY Times: Reverse Engineering Birds’ Beaks Into Dinosaur Bones.
“It shouldn’t produce some kind of monster.” Yeah, but ... a dinosaur-headed chicken? I ask you. Sounds pretty monstrous to me.
Guardian.UK: Letting Shell drill in Arctic could lead to ‘catastrophic’ oil spill, experts warn.
“Unforgiving conditions in the Arctic’s icy waters not only make the chances of a spill likely, the complete lack of infrastructure in place to deal with a potential disaster means the consequences of the move could be calamitous, environmental activists and experts say.” I hear the words of Nick Fury: “We need a response team.” Ain’t no Avengers in the Arctic.
Mashable: Another major earthquake strikes Nepal.
Kathmandu can’t catch a break.
BBC: Nepal earthquake, ‘Worst-affected’ village of Langtang.
Wiped out by landslide and avalanche. The video is harrowing.
Hugging wild lions, snuggling rhinos ...
I get fed up with the ‘loving/nurturing Mother Nature’ meme. Never more than this morning. A raven swooped on the robin’s nest in the piñon tree out in front of our house, ripped their babies to pieces, and ate them as the parents screamed bloody murder. Sandra is disconsolate. Puts a pall on the day. And that’s nothing compared to Kathmandu ...