Despair in denierland; coral reefs rehab; Koch seeks redemption


CRITTERS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS

6412093 writes—The Each day Bucket–Even a Boring Volcano can shock you: “[T]right here are 40-odd cinder cones of once-active volcanos clustered close to the bucolic city of Boring, simply east of Portland Oregon. These, and the associated lava flows, are a part of the Boring formation.

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I stay off this map to the left (west of Beaverton).

I’m intensely on this Boring volcanic exercise north of Beaverton within the higher left of this map, which is near my home. A couple of weeks in the past I discovered a heat groundwater seep within the Park close to my home and it made me assume. I method issues by first assuming probably the most dramatic options after which working my strategy to the plainest rationalization; type of a reverse Oxxam’s Razor. An Oxxam’s Hammer, maybe. Please bear with me though the subject is Boring. (Set off warning. Not the final pun).”

funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket: Forces of Nature; Tectonic, Atmospheric, Biotic. Part 1, Tectonic:On Might 22, 1915, at about 4:00 p.m., Lassen Peak produced a violent explosive eruption that ejected rock and pumice and fashioned a bigger and deeper crater at its summit. Inside 30 minutes, volcanic ash and fuel fashioned a column that reached altitudes of greater than 30,000 ft (9,100 m) and may very well be seen from the town of Eureka, 150 miles (240 km) to the west. This column underwent a partial collapse, producing a pyroclastic circulate composed of scorching ash, pumice, rock, and fuel that destroyed Three sq. miles (7.Eight km2) of land and spawned a lahar extending 15 miles (24 km) from the volcano and once more reaching Hat Creek Valley. Smaller mudflows additionally fashioned on each aspect of the volcano, as nicely a layer of pumice and volcanic ash that reached so far as 25 miles (40 km) northeast; volcanic ash was detected as much as 280 miles (450 km) east on the metropolis of Elko, Nevada. Moreover, the lava circulate on the volcano’s northeastern flank was eliminated by this eruption, however not the same deposit on the western flank. […] Quincy, California, the place I stay, is lower than fifty miles away from Mt. Lassen.  If it ever blows once more throughout my lifetime I’ll in all probability comprehend it as occurs.  Though impossible to occur, what an expertise that could be.  Over my lifetime I’ve visited Lassen Volcanic Nationwide Park many occasions.  It’s a wondrous place, type of a mini-Yellowstone, and inside a mere couple of hours driving time from right here.  In 2009 I lastly received the possibility to hike to the height of Mt. Lassen.]

funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket: Forces of Nature; Tectonic, Atmospheric, Biotic. Part 2, Atmospheric: “’Oh oh, I’ve seen fireplace, and I’ve seen rain, I’ve seen sunny days I although would by no means finish.’ ‘I’ve checked out clouds from either side now.’ Nicely, you knew I used to be going to should go there.  So I simply received it out of the best way proper off the climate vane.  Thanks James Taylor, and thanks Joni Mitchell. The ambiance. It’s just like the Division of Motor Automobiles; generally you hate residing with it however you simply can’t stay with out it. In Part 1, Tectonic, I confirmed a few of the methods during which the pure forces of volcanoes and the shifting of oceanic and land plenty have, from not lengthy after the formation of Earth proper as much as the current day, been each basic and important to the evolution of life on Earth.  In right this moment’s diary we are going to see how our ambiance has likewise been a forceful driver in figuring out which life kinds have arisen, advanced, survived, and gone extinct.  The main focus will probably be on three aspects of the ambiance: wind, rain, and fireplace.”

BrownsBay writes—The Daily Bucket: The Sauk – A Wild and Scenic River: “The Sauk River flows from melting snow and ice off the flanks of one of the vital remoted of the ice shrouded Cascade volcanoes – aptly named Glacier Peak.  From lowland van tage factors, Glacier Peak barely stands above the encircling peaks not like the daring profiles of the opposite Cascade arc volcanoes.  But its eruptive historical past and the hazard it poses to the lowlands ranks among the many highest of any within the chain.  The calm and quiet of a forest stroll alongside the banks of the Sauk ameliorate the hazard.  The moss draped timber and luxurious forest ground muffle the sound of the close by speeding river.  However the proof of of a speeding lahar is right here if you already know what your eyes are seeing.” 

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Sauk River

OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – who are these non-longtailed Longtailed ducks? “November 21, 2020. Salish Sea, Pacific Northwest. On our final tour within the boat I used to be fortunate sufficient to see 4 Lengthy tailed geese! They’re unusual in these waters. Strictly winter migrants. As deep divers in addition they have a tendency to hang around farther from seashores than many of the different crustacean/mollusk-feeding diving geese (like Buffleheads, Goldeneyes and Harlequin geese). I’ve heard reviews they flock however I by no means see various at a time. All this implies I not often see them. It was fairly thrilling to catch sight of this little group, even at a distance. I don’t like to alter course within the boat to method nearer, to keep away from spooking birds into flight, so these footage are one of the best I might do.” 

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The Lipsticked Pig writes—Dawn Chorus: A Party of Jays: “My favourite chook is the grey jay (I wrote my model of an ode to them here). However none of “my” grey jays moved with me a number of years in the past after I moved to a decrease elevation in Colorado’s mountains.  At each houses, although, have been Steller’s jays, and because the years have handed I’ve come to understand and benefit from the Woman and “Gents Jays” with their iridescent blue fits of their gray-black night cape and prime hats.  The Stellar is discovered year-round in a lot of western Colorado, which is pretty mountainous. At my feeders their numbers slowly elevated from one or two till they now primary to 2 dozen, day by day and all through the day. They’re flighty (no pun supposed) and skittish and raucous and generally a bit pompous wanting, stuffing out their chest and shaking their crest. Stan Tekiela, in his Birds of Colorado Discipline Information, notes that they’re widespread residents between 6,000 and eight,000 ft elevation (although they lived with me above 10,000 ft as nicely), often in conifer forest. He notes that blue jays often stay decrease and grey jays increased, which is true – although I did have a blue jay transfer by one week this 12 months, in all probability migrating. Tekiela writes that Steller’s are non-migrators.”

bumper monster writes—New species of Whale discovered off Baja! “There’s nonetheless a lot magnificence and marvel left in our huge (however severely threatened) oceans.  However I might by no means have thought a species of whale might have evaded detection. Apparently it had: Ensenada, BCN, Mexico – Dec. 8, 2020 – Researchers working with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society imagine that they’ve found a beforehand unknown species of whale off the western coast of Mexico. On the morning of November 17, scientists on board Sea Shepherd vessel Martin Sheen noticed three beaked whales surfacing in close by waters. The sightings occurred 100 miles north of Mexico’s San Benito Islands, a gaggle of three distant islands positioned roughly 300 miles from the US border. […] The workforce set forth to establish a beaked whale species related to an unidentified acoustic sign beforehand recorded within the space.”

Jeff Graham writes—The Daily Bucket: The Skagit – flowers in spring, birding in winter: “The Skagit Flats Wildlife Space. December 2, 2020. There are two main attracts to the Skagit Valley within the Pacific Northwest. One draw for 1000’s of individuals is the fields of daffodils and tulips. Photographs with abandon are taken of the many-colored flowers grown for bulbs or offered contemporary – with Mt. Baker within the background. However this diary is of the opposite main draw – birds by the flock. 1000’s of Trumpeter swans and Snow geese collect in avian rafts. Once they take to the air, the sky is full of, to me, a harmonious gabbling and sky stuffed with motion. I’ll take you with me to find what my spouse and I noticed at two websites within the Skagit Flats on a visit December 2. […] Earlier than my spouse (sidekick and spotter) and I even received to our first location, we stopped at a subject with dozens of Trumpeter swans. Some have been resting whereas others stood tall. Taking in the entire scene, we additionally noticed three juvenile Bald eagles in a single tree and two in one other. A smaller hawk was in a distant tree.

CLIMATE CHAOS

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—‘Despair’ in Denierland: Are Micrometeors From Jupiter Causing Climate Change? No: “In 2020, RealClearEnergy claimed the mantle as the large new clearinghouse for professional, industry-funded climate denial, changing the now-essentially-climate-unconcerned Each day Caller because the defacto dwelling for Koch propaganda. However because the 12 months (and technically, the last decade!) come to a detailed, we’re going to check out how the opposite shining stars of the denial sky are faring. Spoiler alert: they’re not precisely thriving. Significantly not internationally, as a bunch of previously somewhat relevant and/or climategate-y blogs have all however given up local weather posting. The UK set is feeling particularly lost in the intervening time. Richard Drake, for instance, has a weblog at CliScep headlined merely ‘Despair.’ Although the context isn’t precisely clear, it appears issues usually are not precisely exceeding its design expectations as a bustling hub for a wide range of principally England-based denier bloggers to pool their collective abilities (and viewers). Pete Ridley, one of many “occasional contributors and lurkers who’s shedding curiosity in Cliscep articles” laments in one comment they ‘are getting nowhere in our combat towards [climate change] propaganda,’ and says they ‘look like preventing a shedding battle’ in another.

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—WSJ Columnist Doesn’t Know What Climate Finance Could Do But Is Somehow Sure It’s Bad: “This week, the New York state pension system announced it will divest its $200 billion+ from fossil fuels, citing monetary threat — somewhat than local weather activism — as the first motivating issue. When activists first undertook divestment campaigns, the fund’s managers have been skeptical of transferring their thousands and thousands of public staff’ retirement funds. However after crunching the numbers, and watching the fossil gasoline business’s economic prospects dim, it turned clear that continued funding within the business is just too dangerous.  But solely days earlier, The Wall Road Journal, supposedly the main establishment of economic journalism, was telling readers simply the other. Its opinion web page published a column by Walter Russell Mead confessing ignorance, at finest, relating to the implications of incorporating local weather develop into monetary threat assessments (because the Biden administration is apt to do).” 

PalmFrond writes—Simple math about Carbon Dioxide: “To successfully cope with local weather change, policymakers, in addition to the general public at massive, should do three issues: 1. Settle for the science. 2. Perceive the numbers in that science. 3. Perceive the true world implications of these numbers and act on them. An article in Dagens Nyheter, a Swedish day by day newspaper, consists of this animated chart displaying the varied dates for CO2 reductions with the intention to have a two-thirds chance of avoiding a 1.5°C change, past which the fashions collapse and issues get very unhealthy, in a short time. […] That’s the 12 months 2036 for internet CO2 emissions to achieve zero assuming a linear lower. Worldwide.  Not 2050 as within the EU and Biden plans, or 2060 within the Chinese language plans. We’re previous the purpose the place extra political can kicking is viable.  We’re previous the purpose for ‘extra research’. We’re previous the purpose for hoping for a magical CO2-sucking expertise to look. And yearly we proceed alongside our present path makes it worse.” 

Pakalolo writes—Canada shatters its warmest winter night time temperature on record: “Canada has by no means skilled such document heat nighttime temperatures earlier than. The document excessive temperatures occurred in Canada’s maritime provinces, the place temperatures must be a lot colder than they have been this previous week. ABC Columbia writes: Meteorological winter is completely different from astronomical winter and refers to December, January, and February. There are lots of causes for this—one being that it’s simpler to maintain monitor of information by month. Only a few days in the past, Canada skilled its warmest meteorological winter night time on document. ‘We simply witnessed the warmest winter night time in Canadian historical past. Components of Nova Scotia didn’t drop beneath 60 °F (15.5 °C) all night time lengthy. That is hotter than a mean summer season night time!’”

Pakalolo writes—Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf is undergoing extensive melting from above; Marine life threatened: “The Independent writes on the intensification of melting on the Antarctic peninsula. Final 12 months’s soften season was the very best in forty years of satellite tv for pc information. Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf skilled its highest fee of melting since information started 40 years in the past from 2019-2020, a brand new examine has discovered. The unprecedented soften at Larsen C, which is Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf, coincided with record-breaking summer season temperatures at a climate station within the Antarctic Peninsula, the analysis says. The melting was primarily pushed by a collection of uncommon climate occasions that introduced extra warmth in direction of the ice shelf, inflicting it to soften from above, the examine says.

Michael Brune writes—To Combat the Climate Crisis, We Need a Government-Wide Mobilization: “The local weather disaster isn’t a single situation: It’s an every little thing situation. To resolve it, we’ll have to alter how we get round, how we develop meals, how we warmth and funky our houses, how we create electrical energy, and far else. We’ll want an economy-wide, and society-wide, transformation that can create thousands and thousands of family-sustaining jobs in clear vitality, vitality effectivity, and extra. To attain that economy-wide transformation, we’d like each a part of our authorities working towards it, in addition to a robust motion pushing officers to be much more bold and inclusive. Fortunately, a lot of President-Elect Biden’s first few cupboard picks present that he understands the need of a whole-government method. Chief amongst them is John Kerry, who was named to the brand new put up of particular presidential envoy for local weather. Kerry is a longtime local weather champion who performed a key position in negotiating the Paris Settlement in 2015. His cabinet-level place sits within the Nationwide Safety Council, which isn’t  recognized for its concentrate on the local weather disaster. However this foreign-policy position provides Kerry, and Antony Blinken, Biden’s climate-conscious pick for Secretary of State, the chance to mobilize the worldwide group towards local weather motion.” 

Angmar writes—Greta Thunberg: ‘We are speeding in the wrong direction’ on climate crisis Angmar: “Greta Thunberg: ‘We’re rushing within the improper route’ on local weather disaster. Unique: Local weather striker speaks earlier than UN occasion marking 5 years because the Paris accord The world is rushing within the improper route in tackling the local weather emergency, Greta Thunberg has mentioned, earlier than a UN occasion at which nationwide leaders have been requested to extend their pledges for emissions cuts. Thunberg, whose solo school strike in 2018 has snowballed right into a global youth movement, mentioned there was a state of full denial when it got here to the instant motion wanted, with leaders giving solely distant guarantees and empty phrases. The fifth anniversary of the Paris local weather accord is on Saturday and may have seen international locations set out new plans to maintain world heating beneath 2C and near 1.5C. Present pledges would imply a catastrophic 3C rise in temperatures.

OCEANS, WATER, DROUGHT

Featheredsprite writes—Good news: Rehab for coral reefs: “Corals have a number of reproductive methods. They are often male or feminine or each, and may reproduce both asexually or sexually. Asexual replica is necessary for rising the dimensions of the colony, and sexual replica will increase genetic variety and begins new colonies. In sexual replica, eggs are fertilized by sperm, often from one other colony, and develop right into a free-swimming larva. Eggs and sperm are launched in a spawning occasion and float as much as the ocean surface. Biologists can interrupt the method at this level by capturing eggs, sperm, and larva. Because the eggs are fertilized, they’re positioned on small tiles. The tiles (with their cargo) are saved in a nursery, fed and protected against predation, for about two years. The tiles and resident coral are then transported to the reef and glued into place. This methodology has been fairly profitable. The immigrant coral develop, reproduce, and unfold. It is perhaps essential to do coral reef upkeep regularly, throughout our lifetime no less than. The excellent news is that we are able to make a distinction.”

Pakalolo writes—US Appeals Court rejects Trump’s attempt to create a dead zone in the Beaufort Sea: “Donald Trump has been plotting to screw our climate and kill off the diversity of life for 4 years.  This isn’t hyperbole; he has devasted essential habitat and created scars over 400 miles lengthy by Nationwide Parks, non-public and public lands alongside the US and Mexican borders along with his racist wall. By altering the Endangered Species Act, he has assaulted the nation’s biodiversity by altering the foundations that define critical habitat. The checklist is infinite, actually, however yesterdays ruling by the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the ninth Circuit shut down certainly one of his extra reckless assaults on wildlands which are essential to giving our biosphere a preventing probability to defy the percentages and proceed to tug carbon out of the ambiance whether or not on the sea backside or in tropical rainforest soil. Decided to drill within the Arctic Ocean, he fast-tracked the primary offshore improvement within the Beaufort Sea in Alaska, risking the lives of all of the marine species that advanced to thrive within the Arctic by seismic blasting and oil spills.”

Dan Bacher writes—MWD approves $59 million for Delta Tunnel planning despite massive opposition: “The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Administrators voted to approve $59 million for funding Delta Tunnel planning on December 7, regardless of over three hours of testimony by Southern California water ratepayers, environmentalists and Tribal advocates towards the funding. Out of the 80 individuals who spoke on the assembly, the overwhelming majority, 60, spoke towards the tunnel. Solely 20 individuals, together with representatives of water districts, spoke on behalf of the the mission. There have been 4 choices earlier than the board: 1) pay for MWD’s portion & Kern County’s portion at $75 million; 2) pay for MWD’s portion at $59 million; 3) wait till the Built-in Sources Plan (IRP) is completed in April to vote, or possibility 4) cease the tunnel by not financing it. The board selected possibility 2, whereas opponents urged the board to vote for possibility Four or to delay the choice.” 

Egberto Willies writes—The rich want to steal our abundant water and then sell it back to us, another economic fraud: “Considered one of our Politics Done Right listeners despatched an article that upset him. The CME Group is ready to launch futures contracts tied to the spot value of water for the primary time ever this week. The contracts will enable traders and farmers alike to guess on the longer term value of water. … It ought to upset everybody. Notice this; there isn’t any water scarcity. There’s a false shortage in potable kind. Apparently, the wealthy revenue by polluting the drinkable fluid we’d like. They then make it a scarce useful resource they revenue from as they promote it again to us. And that, that this treasured fluid surrounds us. It’s not obscure what’s going on. The issue is that we have now outlined the issue in a way all can perceive. That’s our try with the video on this put up from certainly one of our latest packages.”

CANDIDATES, STATE AND DC ECO-RELATED POLITICS

Dan Bacher writes—Advocates Urge Gov. Newsom to Appoint Climate Justice Leaders to Vacant Positions: “On Sunday, December 6, President-elect Biden’s transition workforce introduced that it had picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Well being and Human Providers, in keeping with a press launch from the Final Likelihood Alliance. ‘Ought to Becerra be confirmed by the Senate, Governor Newsom faces the chance to fill each his place and the seat within the US Senate left vacant by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,’ the alliance said. ‘Whereas California has lengthy paved the best way for progressive nationwide coverage, Governor Newsom has fallen shamefully wanting providing even fundamental well being protections to the thousands and thousands of Californians who stay on the frontlines of fossil gasoline extraction and manufacturing.’  Local weather and Environmental Justice advocates, together with Final Likelihood Alliance, are urging Newsom to make use of this historic wave of latest appointments to indicate his dedication to racial justice and the local weather for each California and the nation. […] Native, state and federally elected officers like Consultant Nanette Barragán and Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell are already dedicated to defending individuals from these reckless polluters. We urge you to instantly nominate local weather justice leaders to the Senate and the position of state Lawyer Basic, and every other open positions.”

Meteor Blades writes—Unlike their GOP foes, Warnock and Ossoff want to do something serious about the climate crisis: “In case you try the problems part of Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler’s Senate marketing campaign web site, you’ll discover the thinnest of statements on a wide range of topics starting from immigration to commerce. However not a phrase concerning the local weather disaster. Republican Sen. David Perdue’s marketing campaign web site supplies extra element about his views and actions on points, however there, too, not a phrase concerning the local weather disaster regardless of the impacts it’s already having on Georgia. Maybe that’s as a result of when Perdue does discuss local weather, everyone will get to see scientific illiteracy in motion. In the meantime, each their foes within the Jan. 5 election runoff—Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff respectively—have put coping with local weather amongst their highest priorities. Which is a key cause the League of Conservation Voters and Climate Hawks have endorsed Warnock and Ossoff. Said Brionté McCorkle, director of the Georgia Conservation Voters, ‘We’d like leaders within the Senate like Ossoff and Rev. Warnock who put individuals over polluters and prioritize local weather justice, clear vitality, and clear water. […] Local weather change is an ongoing disaster. It continues to get extra pressing as we begin to see extra excessive climate’.

ENERGY

Fossil Fuels & Emissions Controls

tjlord writes—Activist hedge fund targeting ExxonMobil for their commitment to “drill, baby, drill”: “Considered one of my vitality business feeds on Twitter was overlaying the submitting by Engine No 1 (an funding agency) for a proxy marketing campaign towards ExxonMobil. This can be a submitting that proposes a slate of 4 new administrators for ExxonMobil (that is from the letter on their web site here: We’ve got due to this fact recognized 4 extremely certified, unbiased people who’ve agreed to be nominated, if needed, for election to the Firm’s Board of Administrators (the ‘Board’).  We’ve got reviewed the {qualifications} of those people with the second largest pension fund within the U.S., the California State Academics’ Retirement System (“CalSTRS”), which owns over $300 million in worth of the Firm’s inventory.  CalSTRS has knowledgeable us that, primarily based upon the {qualifications} of such people, it intends to assist them if nominated for election to the Board, and we imagine that different long-term oriented traders will share this view.”

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Beware Industrial Olive Branches: Bloomberg Reveals Disney-Sized Loopholes in Carbon Offset Forests: “Final week, the conservative Washington Examiner reported that Arkansas Republican Home member Bruce Westerman thinks that the GOP must be “within the dialog” in relation to Biden’s local weather insurance policies. Particularly, Westerman desires timber and forest administration concerned, which is perhaps shocking coming from the celebration of fossil-fuel-funded local weather denial, however makes good sense when you remember his political career is funded largely by the timber business. Sadly, as nice as it will be to discover a local weather resolution Republicans assist, it’s exhausting to think about a coverage that’s supported by the business that makes its cash reducing down timber will probably be notably useful in protecting timber from being reduce down. And even when it have been, there can nonetheless be hassle with how forests are used to retailer carbon as a strategy to offset emissions elsewhere, even when intentions are good. As a result of as this month’s Bloomberg Green cover story by Ben Elgin exposes, there are massive issues with how The Nature Conservancy, one of many greatest and oldest environmental teams, manages its carbon offset program.” 

TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—RealClearEnergy’s Posts Range From Why Electric Cars Are Bad To Why Oil and Gas is Good: “Although RealClear is named an aggregator, and never essentially the conservative propaganda megaphone it is, the vitality items it publishes as originals are traditional denier blogspam from a wide range of sketchy sources. With California Governor Gavin Newsom and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson becoming a member of Norway and different international locations in saying bans on ICE within the 2030s and on, it’s clear the oil business is ramping up its denial. That said, the first of the latest wave of EV-fearmongering was authored by the least-sketchy writer of the bunch, James Clad. His byline notes that he was ‘former deputy assistant secretary of protection for Asia’ and a ‘senior adviser to Arcanum,’ which is mainly a privatized international intelligence agency. Considerably paradoxically, it’s this worldwide spy who makes probably the most down-to-Earth argument, basically warning that EVs and different expertise depends on explicit metals, like lithium, that are largely mined in China. So to satisfy the approaching demand for batteries for EVs and every little thing else, Clad argues, the US ought to enhance its personal inexperienced vitality manufacturing as a substitute of counting on China. Maybe a tad sinophobic, however not essentially rife with disinformation.” 

AGRICULTURE​, FOOD & GARDENS

ninkasi23 writes—Saturday Morning Garden Blog V.16.50: Season’s Greenings! “Good morning fellow backyard bloggers! I actually benefit from the adorning and cooking related to the autumn holidays and I take tons of pics to share with buddies who stay elsewhere. This 12 months it truly is the easiest way to share the cheer of the season. I’ve at all times been explicit about adorning the tree and revel in doing my sluggish and pensive decoration placement. Then spend the subsequent few days rearranging bits right here and there as I catch one thing at a unique angle. Or I discover within the daylight there’s a clean spot. Or there are two same-color issues too shut.  Or the garland appears to droop an excessive amount of on this department so I would like to regulate it however then meaning I’ve to regulate additional alongside the garland to even it out. Oh and now that decoration is crowded and it wants to maneuver only a smidge. . . I do know, I’m bizarre. However I’ve fond recollections of my mother fussing with the tree for nights after we trimmed it so I believed everybody did that!  I like the decor and the cheeriness of the winter holidays as a result of in any other case it’s a darkish, dreary, and chilly time within the Northern Hemisphere. Deck these halls if for no different cause than to beat again the darkness. The Longest Night will quickly be previous us and as soon as once more the daylight will develop!”

NAT’L FORESTS, PARKS, MONUMENTS & OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

Username4242 writes—Wandering an utterly magical snowy mountain forest in Southern California (Video): “Can’t categorical how wonderful mountain forests are after contemporary snowfall… all the timber on a bluebird day have been shedding the snowfall, filling the air with snow particles that illuminated the air in astonishing methods. Lovely place to an journey with a pricey good friend. :)

Username4242 writes—From the frying pan to the fire! Wandering the astonishing Death Valley and Valley of Fire (Video): “Two extra stops on my latest journey… each completely stunning and breathtaking locations to journey in (with some wonderful historical past besides).” 

StormBear writes—The Myth Of Raking California: “The California wildfires have been within the information and a few have advocated the easy resolution of ‘raking the forest’ will clear that downside proper up. So why are different states with excellent forest administration on fireplace and different wooded states with no actual forest administration haven’t any wildfires? I reply that query right here.” 

Ojibwa writes—Public Lands: Rocks (photo diary): “Situated simply seven miles west of Montana’s Flathead Lake is the Lake Mary Ronan State Park. The park has 120 acres nestled in a forest of Douglas Fir and Western Larch adjoining to a mountain lake. Along with a ship launch space, there’s a day use space, 25 campsites, a gaggle tenting space, and nature trails. Proven beneath are a few of the rocks discovered on the lake’s seaside.

POLLUTION

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Merchant Of Death Milloy Triumphant in 20-Year Fight To Delay Soot Regulations Another 5 Years: “With the clock counting down on the Trump administration’s one time period in workplace, Trump’s EPA is ending up no matter it could to guard polluters’ earnings from public well being protections earlier than the company returns to its unique and statutory goal doing nearly precisely the other. For instance, this week former coal lawyer, and vice chairman and president of the Washington Coal Membership, Andrew Wheeler, Trump’s EPA administrator, introduced that they won’t be strengthening air high quality requirements for soot. Recognized formally as PM2.5, the soot from burning something, be it coal or cigarettes, has been epidemiologically confirmed to be a menace to human well being — these tiny particles work their approach into the lungs and, to place it mildly, cause lots of problems. The choice to abstain from reducing the protected restrict was the results of an everyday 5-year evaluation, which means that the extent set by the Obama administration in 2012 gained’t be modified now. However the subsequent spherical of evaluation begins as quickly as this one ends, so if the Biden administration doesn’t overturn the flimsy rule-making, it might simply begin contemporary by itself.” 

MISCELLANY

Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: Trumpsters burrow into federal agencies; GE wind turbine blades to be recycled: “2020 has been a year decidedly short on uplifting news, so here’s some: Earlier this 12 months, the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated that simply 366 of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales stay. After which the primary child born this calving season washed up dead in North Carolina. However final week two stay proper whale calves have been sighted off the coasts of Georgia and Florida. That clearly doesn’t imply that the species—as soon as hunted to close extinction—is out of hazard. Human actions are nonetheless a menace to the whales’ survival, as many turn out to be entangled in fishing gear or hit by propeller blades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Fee warns that the whales are particularly in danger throughout calving season. “Each winter, many proper whales journey greater than 1,000 miles from their feeding grounds off Canada and New England to the nice and cozy coastal waters off the southern United States,” the FWC Fish and Wildlife Analysis Institute wrote on Facebook. “These waters are the place proper whales give beginning and nurse their younger. This can be a weak part, making it extraordinarily necessary for boaters to concentrate on the whales’ presence and tendency to relaxation close to the floor of the water. #GiveThemSpace.”

Invoice Berkowitz writes—The Dangerous and Disingenuous Mea Culpa of Charles Koch: “After years of making an attempt to bend the political course of to his will by dropping lots of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} into the pockets of conservative causes and the pockets of conservative candidates, and within the wake of Joe Biden’s presidential victory, Charles Koch, in a uncommon mid-November in-person interview, advised Axios on HBO that he “screwed up by being partisan,” somewhat than pursuing a extra non-partisan course. Koch’s private revelation, nonetheless, has not stopped his tremendous PAC, People for Prosperity Motion, from pouring lots of of 1000’s of {dollars} into electing Republicans in Georgia, the place two Senate runoffs on January 5, will decide management of the U.S. Senate. […] Koch’s ‘best and most passionate curiosity is ensuring that the U.S. authorities does nothing to ameliorate local weather change as a result of most of his cash comes from fossil fuels,’ Jane Mayer advised MSNBC.





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