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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.

11/06/13 • 04:30 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Teal International: Tail Feather Camper.

Brill. Light enough to be towed by smaller vehicles, I’ll warrant.

11/01/13 • 06:01 PM • ConsumptionDesignNature • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

iainclaridge.net: Batty.

Happy Halloween.

[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.]

10/31/13 • 10:32 AM • GeneralNaturePhotography • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nature: Large magma reservoir gets bigger.

New pictures of this plumbing system show that the reservoir is about 80 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide.”  Yowzer.

10/31/13 • 09:11 AM • NatureScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Foggy morning leaves.

foggy morning leaves.

Very rare to get fog in Santa Fe. Must be thoroughly enjoyed when experienced.

10/26/13 • 10:29 AM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Sun broke out on our little aspen.

light on our back aspen.

Past peak; won’t last much longer with these temps.

10/25/13 • 05:10 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/25/13 • 11:36 AM • EnvironmentalNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/23/13 • 01:49 PM • HistoryNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/14/13 • 09:15 PM • HistoryNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.”

10/13/13 • 09:01 AM • EconomicsLawNaturePoliticsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: France cements fracking ban.

Beyond the question of fracking, shale gas is a carbon emitter. [snip] We must set our priorities on renewable energies.

10/11/13 • 07:42 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScienceTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Sauron’s army’s arrival is imminent.

Storm clouds, from a few minutes ago.

4:30PM today.  Crazy weather.

10/10/13 • 07:54 PM • NaturePersonalPhotographySanta Fe Local • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/09/13 • 05:31 PM • EconomicsLawNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/09/13 • 07:48 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Why we’d be mad to rule out climate engineering.

The IPCC’s latest report clearly indicates that with every decision we make to value the economy more highly than the environment we make climate engineering more likely.

10/08/13 • 09:19 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Hikers encounter hunters on Aspen Vista Trail.

Don’t go bushwhacking in hunting season.

10/07/13 • 08:03 PM • LawNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Telegraph.UK: Vast streams found beneath Antarctic ice sheet.

Doesn’t sound promising.

10/07/13 • 08:30 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Sponges help coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts.

A team found that sponges keep the reef alive - by recycling vast amounts of organic matter to feed snails, crabs and other creatures.

10/07/13 • 07:50 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Observer.UK: Let the fading foliage stand this autumn.

Allow animals to forage, seeds to drop. I usually clear in early spring.

10/06/13 • 09:09 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Dangerous levels of radioactivity found at fracking waste site in Pennsylvania.

Of course.

10/02/13 • 01:46 PM • EnvironmentalNature • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Scientist: Deadly lake turns animals into statues.

Perhaps this is how the Egyptians learned of the utility of natron for preserving corpses ...

10/01/13 • 12:50 PM • NatureScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/01/13 • 08:20 AM • EnvironmentalLawNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Exhausted owl takes refuge on HMS Illustrious flight deck.

Feel-good story of the day.

10/01/13 • 08:11 AM • NatureTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

10/01/13 • 07:58 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Weather Channel: The Most Extreme Weather State of 2013.

Guess who?

09/27/13 • 09:55 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe LocalScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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