Apr 09 2013
LA Times reports that
That can’t be good. The article discusses recent research findings explaining why we might see more snow at our latitudes, at least for a while. It seems that reductions in arctic ice cover slows the jet stream. That can’t be good, either.
This pig-dumping in China can’t reflect good things, and is a kind of a tip-of-the-iceberg thing. Upwards of 6,000 pigs have been dumped into the river serving as Shanghai’s water supply, which
Authorities in Shanghai
Will people be abandoning Florida after recent tragic sinkhole events?
I suppose there are a lot of news media types pointing out how it’s more likely you’ll be hit by lightning than getting swallowed by a sinkhole.
The scientific story, from a great USGS article, for those who’ve missed, it is that
It’s an interconnected world. Lake Erie is getting hammered by phosphorus, leading to toxic algae
The phosphorus is comming largely from agricultural fertilizers in Ohio, washed by rains into the Lake Erie watershed. Solutions? Minimize fertilizer use. Clean up urban stormwater. Stop paving everything.
I’ve been puzzling over Obama’s pick to be Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell. As The Hill has it, she
What sort of engineering background does she have? I really liked that Lisa Jackson, the EPA head who is leaving, had some hard-core training as a chemical engineer. After all, there’s a lot of science (especially chemistry) and engineering going on out there in the environment. As we see from About.com,
Is this a traffic problem? Sadly, we read about how
The article and accompanying newsfeed describe how he biked straight into a pipe making up the top of a gate, hitting his stomach. He died after surgery.
To me the gate sure does look to be made of very narrow pipe, with an upper part that indeed sticks straight out like a lance. I’m wondering if this gate met the construction requirements for such things. If not, they should be changed to require a large diameter end-cap or something to prevent something like this from happening again.
Coral reefs are disappearing due to increasing ocean temperatures, water pollution, and acidification (caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels).
Mayor of NYC and all around smart, rich guy, Michael Bloomberg hates coal, as reported by The Hill. He says “coal is dead.”
Coal use is declining in the US, due to toughening environmental regulations (motivated largely by health concerns), and declining natural gas prices. However, coal is still the cheapest source of energy, burned in great quantities in many countries, including the US.
We’ve got a long way to go to end King Coal.