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Archive for the 'environment' Category

and, this week in the destruction of our children’s future world

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The Petermann ice shelf in Greenland (the northern-most glacier in the world) has lost a quarter of its mass, calving a 100 square mile iceberg now known as the “Petermann Ice Island (2010)”. Note that there is a “2010″ designation to distinguish this one from a smaller iceberg calved in 2008. Ed Markey had a […]

Gulf Oil Spill math

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

One of the best articles I’ve read on the math used to estimate Gulf Oil Spill quantities: Jenn Kepka’s “Putting the Gulf oil spill in perspective”, Salon.com, 5/28.

energy “expert” à la William Carlos Williams

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Sarah Palin recently made a strange and nearly incoherent comment about US energy policy when asked about keeping domestic oil production in the US (WarRoom 9/19): Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, […]

right-wing oil fantasies

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Peter Dizikes writes about a number of right-wing myths about oil in today’s Salon.com. Unbelievably enough, there are people who believe: # There’s more oil in Alaska than in the Middle East # The Chinese are about to start drilling — or are already drilling — off the coast of Florida (the Cuba/China menace — […]

now bats

Friday, August 1st, 2008

This article (“Dark Night for Bats”, Kirsten Weir, Salon.com) compares the current wave of bat deaths with bees’ colony collapse disorder. I’d add the precipitous decline in frogs, as well.

break-break for anxiety

Monday, July 7th, 2008

in the middle of a blogging break (for good reasons! welcome ada marie) i bring you this article from salon.com which is scary as fuck and makes me fear for little ada’s future: Apocalypse Now by Mike Davis. Davis does not buy any of the Gore-style cheerleading that we might avert a climatically disastrous future […]

postcards from the handbasket

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Our trip to hell in a handbasket has been mostly passing through environmental markers, with occasional — okay, frequent — forays into the economy and civil rights. Now we’ve got rising bread prices, a scary sign that I have personally never seen in my nearly 40 years of life. So now, farmers want to take […]

clinton & obama on global warming

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Joseph Romm analyzed both Clinton and Obama’s plans on global warming, noting that they are much better than McCain’s, who has begun teetering toward a Bush position. salon 3/15 Compare Romm’s earlier analysis of McCain’s proposals (salon 2/8)

west coast salmon collapse

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Federal officials have indicated that they are likely to close the Pacific salmon fishery from northern Oregon to the Mexican border because of the collapse of crucial stocks in California’s major watershed.That would be the most extensive closing on the West Coast since the federal government started regulating fisheries. “The Central Valley fall Chinook salmon […]

could we use spy satellites for something USEFUL, please?

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Satellite photos reveal the depredations of illegal loggers in Mexican forests, particularly in the winter home of the migratory monarch butterflies. Is there any reason at all that we cannot have real-time monitoring of the freakin’ environment to ensure that wide-scale clearcutting, burning, stripmining, and other land and sea uses do not happen? It seems […]

Elsevier’s environmentally-unfriendly licenses

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Why does Elsevier hate the environment and all the trees and all the little children who will be living in a world 50 years from now harmed by Elsevier’s really stupid insistence that its electronic documents be PRINTED and then SCANNED IN before being sent out for ILL ???? Seriously, faculty should really reconsider submitting […]

seed vault now open

Friday, February 29th, 2008

The seed vault I wrote about last year has opened, ahead of schedule. (NYT 2/26) Bent Skovmand would be proud.

the bush administration: destroying the media environment and the real environment, again

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

The NYT tells us today about Kevin Martin & the FCC’s new plan to relax the cross-ownership rules, which restrict large corporations from dominating entire urban markets. And, on the same page, on the same day, a story that has all the classic hallmarks of the Bush approach to the environment: scuttle environmental protection schemes […]

more extinctions on the way

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

The western gorilla is “critically endangered” — close to extinction — and all the great apes are in trouble. A number of corals have moved to more endangered positions; the Asian crocodile “Gharial” has moved to critically endangered — only 182 breeding adults in 2006. A number of vultures have declined — largely because of […]

freshwater dolphin extinction

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

One of the last Yangtze River freshwater dolphins. Photo from CNN/Reuters. One of only four species of river dolphin is officially extinct; the last member of the species probably died sometime in the last few months. Just thirteen were found in the last survey a few years ago, and the 2006 survey found none. The […]

DRM-less online music sales and other good news

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Well, Steve Jobs certainly looks prescient, what with EMI dropping DRM for its iTunes sales. Why do I suppose they were already in negotiations when Steve Jobs wrote his editorial? Never mind, it’s still good news. (As is the decision from the Supreme Court on EPA’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gases, a case that worried […]

good news for science & the environment, too

Friday, November 10th, 2006

“Intelligent Design” advocates lost in Ohio, and the League of Conservation Voters reports that most of their 2006 Dirty “Dozen” lost, and most of their 2006 Environmental Champions won. Ha.

what global warming skeptics miss

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Skeptics who use the uncertainties to justify delaying such actions forget that uncertainty cuts both ways, and things could be far worse than forecast. Succinctly put. This in an NYT article about ‘the big thaw’: the shrinking Arctic ice coverage. Andrew C. Revkin, No Escape: Thaw Gains Momentum, NYT 2005/10/25

Katrina (9/1-9/15, ongoing)

Monday, September 12th, 2005

9/1: Between work-stuff and watching Katrina, I’ve been too busy & too sad to post much the last few days. To sum it all up:, a letter from Switzerland (9/3) [via daily kos 9/4]: Watching the events in New Orleans unfold from here in Europe, mostly via BBC World, we have the impression that the […]

new yorker on bush on science

Monday, August 15th, 2005

In The New Yorker, The Talk of the Town, posted 2005/8/15, Hendrik Hertzberg had this to say about Bush & his recent comments on intelligent design: If the President’s musings on [intelligent design] were an isolated crotchet, they would hardly be worth noting, let alone getting exercised about. But they’re not. They reflect an attitude […]


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