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KRITTER AND THE LARGE OUTDOOR AREAS
Jeff Graham writes –The Daily Bucket: Bald eagles & # 39; wagon wheels in the sky & # 39 ;, advertise or warn: "The day before the inauguration day, my wife and I saw a 'wheel in the sky' (or a 'death spiral') while visiting the Skagit Valley, the sound of which she did not like because the eagles do not die. Since then I have read and watched a lot of YouTube videos on the subject. Since I love photography more than writing, I'll give a brief account here and leave it up to you to research as far as you want on your own. Have you ever played or seen two children holding hands and whirling? There is a lot of centrifugal force. There comes a point where the hands are released and the children fly. Bald eagles and other birds must learn to do this in order to preserve their territory and prove their worth to a partner. How do you know what it is "
OceanDiver writes –Dawn Chorus: Birds and Driftwood: “Driftwood is flotsam, large pieces of wood from forests that are eroded by throwing, transported by currents and washed up on beaches. The coasts of the Pacific Northwest Coast have a lot of driftwood due to our extensive forests and massive rivers. Some driftwoods come directly from slopes above the beaches, but most of the time it is trees and branches that have fallen inland due to erosion, water catchment development, deforestation or flooding. In our winter rainy season, rivers flow high and fast, carrying tree trunks down to the sea, where they drift in ocean currents before being deposited high up on land by large winter surfs. The diverse origins of the driftwood make each piece unique and fascinating. Driftwood isn't just beautiful and dramatic. It also has environmental benefits such as preventing coastal erosion and providing habitat for wildlife. Coastlines are generally attractive to birds and other animals for foraging, so birds share this zone with driftwood and take advantage of it. Driftwood is a great resting place to get up high and look out over the area. It's also a great place to look for food. Wind and waves wash all kinds of debris to the edge of the sea, where it lodges in the cracks of these washed-up logs and in the spaces between and below them. Land wind blows plant matter into the driftwood. Edible birds include seeds, pollen, crustaceans, algae, pieces of fish and inverts, beetles, orca poop and who knows what everything might have washed and blown in. Delicious stuff for little birds.”
OceanDiver writes –The Daily Bucket – a couple of winter ducks: “January 2021. Pacific Northwest. Winter ducks are a big plus for this stormy season. I see them everywhere. Do you see winter ducks? These are some places that I came across over the past week. In a damp field that turns into a huge puddle in winter (while counting swans, no swans in my assigned location, but definitely ducks). "
OceanDiver writes –The Daily Bucket – January 2021 Salish Sea News: “Man-made“ dead zones ”threaten the health of Puget Sound. "The Washington State Department of Ecology is taking action to reduce the increasing incidence of" dead zones "- areas of the ocean that are so deprived of oxygen that marine life is dying (or leaving if they can). Dead zones are almost always anthropogenic and in this case the result of our booming population growth in western Washington. People poop, and poop is full of nutrients that algae multiply. Oxygen is consumed when algae die and decompose. 70% of the excess nutrients (mainly nitrates) that drain into the sea come from sewage treatment plants (the remainder is agricultural fertilizers, animal waste and individual sewage treatment plants). Most sewage treatment plants don't treat nitrates, but the Washington Dept of Ecology is currently revising permits to require filtration to remove them. "
6412093 writes –The Daily Bucket – goose with a thousand names: “The local internet was buzzing. The local goose was tangled in a loose strand of fishing line and a barbed wire snapped at her throat. The local goose was a strange duck. They called my best efforts Greylag or Anser Anser. She was mean and would hunt children. She had a shakedown program while blocking the trail and her group extorting breadcrumbs from hikers. I thought most people would think of a good release. But she had hung up with a group of mallards. They often swam in close formation behind her like ducklings. She was the only abandoned gray goose on the lake; a kind of lost in space mood. The goose she thought was an alpha duck. And when it became known that the wicked lonely goose needed help, about a dozen neighbors showed up on a freezing, foggy morning. They brought nets and blankets, as well as baskets and waders, and all were determined to catch the common goose and deliver it to the Audubon Society for medical treatment. "
Funningforrest writes –The daily bucket. Snow News is good news: "27. JANUARY 2021. QUINCY, CA. A major winter storm occurs in the mountains of the northern Sierra Nevada. It started here around 8:30 a.m. last night. As I write this, the snow stopped falling on the morning of the 27th at 3:30 AM and we have accumulated about four inches. The weather forecast predicts persistent winter snowstorm conditions for the next few days. Snow is much more than (as a Floridian I know has often described) "… that cold, lumpy white stuff, right." It is a bum pain for some, occupation for others. It can be playtime and serious athletic competition, inspiring incredible artistic creations one day and wreaking havoc and death the next. The study of snow has a whole science. Based on the tradition of science of developing inexpressible and dazzling terminology, it says: Snow science. Actually, it isn't even capitalized. It is so boring. "
Meteor blades writes –President Biden is issuing a spate of new executive ordinances ordering action against the climate: "In a speech prior to the signing of the Orders today, Biden delivered a White House climate message that we have never heard with so much zeal before. His focus on high-paying jobs, improving people's health by eliminating fossil fuel pollution, and turning our crumbling, outdated infrastructure into a green economy should bring smiles across the country. But as serious as Biden is on the matter, as brave as the changes he has made, as encouraging as the appointments, and as much as he should be applauded for addressing these actions quickly and early in his administration, they are still not enough. There are many additional steps to be taken. Of course, Biden was right today when he said, "We have waited too long" to address the climate crisis, which poses an "existential threat". What a difference it makes if these types of talks are held by the White House after four years of malicious idiocy on the subject.”
Meteor blades writes –One of the best mandates in President Biden's "Climate Day" assignments: the Civilian Climate Corps: "In a collective ordinance on Wednesday – Combating the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad – President Joe Biden announced a reinvention of what the New Republic in 1935 called" Roosevelt's Army of Construction. " Home Office heads, the Department of Agriculture and other departments now have 90 days to present their plan to "mobilize the next generation of conservation and resilience workers and maximize the creation of accessible training opportunities and good jobs". Unlike the original program, this one will boldly avoid racism and recruit both women and men. While a modernized CCC has often been suggested, The Civilian Climate Corps, as the new version is called in 2009, is one of the many climate-related recommendations made by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force and a concept that Biden has noted on the campaign trail. "
A seal writes –Four Wednesdays in January: From insurrection to innovative climate protection: "It has been an important month (so far) and of course the four Wednesdays, the 4 Is, only touch the surface of what happened during the month (from COVID19 to unemployment to …). However, look at the four and it says a lot about the moment and the potential for positive action. (…) Innovation, the fourth Wednesday of January, is a signpost that the government is back to be part of the solution and that the president will use all instruments of governance (with the sad constraints of continued power of the climate deniers in Congress who are ready to oppose Action to fight). address the need for serious climate action (along with other serious problems and opportunities). Four Wednesdays… a journey from • • • the nadir of the thugs attacking the Capitol, to • the painful need for accountability, • the joy of a positive chain in government, • the promise that the government will do for us (the US ) will be there, and hope that President Biden will be the Climate Hawk the US and the rest of humanity need. "
Karen Rubin via NewsPhotosFeatures writes –Biden should treat the climate crisis as a national emergency: "Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (gosh, that sounds great), in a remark on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, said President Joe Biden should make the climate crisis a national emergency in order to take action with the urgency it deserves and prevent Republicans from using their obstructive tactics to block legislation. After a year of record fires in the west, hurricanes in the Atlantic and record warming, Biden realizes that the climate crisis is existential and threatens democracy, health and prosperity. Imagine 200 million climate refugees if you think immigration is more of a problem than sea-level swamps, coastal communities. (See the New York Times, I said goodbye to "normal". You should do this as well.) Biden has already shown that he gives high priority to climate action – this has been a constant theme in his campaign, in his cabinet appointments and in his inaugural address. "
Senorjoel writes –Next up: Biden's climate emergency statement? Alternet reports that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has urged President Biden to declare a climate emergency. "I think it might be a good idea for President Biden to call for an environmental emergency, ”Schumer said (in an interview with Rachel Maddow). "Then, under the emergency powers of the president, he can do many, many things that he could do … without legislation." "Now Trump used this emergency for a stupid wall that wasn't an emergency. But if there ever was an emergency, the climate is one," added Schumer. That's actually huge. And it seems likely that Schumer – who is generally not considered an activist – is pushing for it. "
ClimateDenierRoundup writes –Out with the old deniers, in with the new scientists (who shouldn't shy away from politics): "A new study in Environmental research lettersLed by Viktoria Cologna with Reto Knutti, Naomi Oreskes and Michael Siegrist as co-authors, scientists and the public in the US and Germany asked what the public expected of scientists and how they would react to scientists' advocacy on climate change . They found that the public supports scientists who "work closely with policy makers to integrate scientific results into climate-related policy making". Likewise, the majority of German and US citizens are of the opinion that “scientists should generally advocate climate policy measures”. However, this support decreases slightly as the policy options become more specific. Interestingly, they report that while a fictitious professor's open support for a particular policy "did not affect Prof. Jones' perception of being trustworthy and honest," it "negatively affected" her perceived objectivity, the perception in which she acts, however, positively affects the interests of society & # 39; & # 39;”
ClimateDenierRoundup writes –Roy Spencer fakes a crime with the Climate Denier label, then speaks at the Denial Org and publishes further denials: "A couple of weeks ago when we were Laugh The author of the brochure, Dr. Roy Spencer, was crazy enough to be labeled by us (and the New York Times) when the Legates and Maue cracked their credibility by joining the violently rebellious white Trump administration. as a denier that he has published a counter-argument that claims otherwise. Dr. Spencer admits that fossil fuels cause warming and that he expects the warming to be at the lower end of the IPCC projections. He then claims that he was pronounced "evil" for his support for fossil fuels for "the world's poor". Two days after claiming not to be a denier and being offended by such an idea, Dr. Spencer posted over his upcoming conversation with Friends of science, a Canadian Organization of climate denialon “Why is there no climate emergency?” Then on January 21st, he said wrote about part of his presentation, in which he compiled a table to claim that Canada is only heating half as much as model simulations. It's essentially a sequel to his buddy, John Christy Popular (and exposed) US version, which we will probably only call peer review.”
ClimateDenierRoundup writes –A few good things President Biden is doing to undo the harm deniers have done to science in government: "President Biden caused a sensation this week with one Implementing ordinance on the climate crisisAnd for a good reason. It shows a commitment to prioritizing climate and environmental justice across government at home and abroad. But he also signed two other important documents on the Climate / Employment / Infrastructure Day: an executive order Establish an Advisory Council to the President on Science and Technology; and a memo aboutRestoring trust in government through academic integrity and evidence-based policy makingA president's willingness to acknowledge empirical evidence, listen to scientists, and deal with reality can mean the difference between life and death on a grand scale. And that's what makes these other two steps so important. By involving experts, the Biden administration can … well, rule. The memo on scientific integrity is particularly interesting in that it literally instructs the federal government to do so Review every anti-science step since January 20, 2017, essentially preparing for Ctrl + Z on everything Steve Milloy and other polluters tried to do it.”
AceDeuceLady writes –A Case for President Biden: Nation Address on Climate Change: “In 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression and devastating banking panic, Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke in front of the nation in his first“ fireside chat ”. On the radio show, he used lay terms to explain the banking crisis and the steps he had taken to address it. This address served to allay fears and support Roosevelt's legislative agenda. We are now facing a crisis that is less obvious than the Great Depression, but not more serious and urgent: climate change. While the science is clear, the public discourse is confused and confusing. Much of the public who hears doubts expressed with such a conviction just doesn't know what to think and instead focuses on topics that seem closer to home. This segment of the public needs to be addressed directly to explain the science, consequences and urgency of global warming. On inauguration day, President Joe Biden asked the country to listen, and for a short time the people will. But this period will be very short. Please speak to us now. "
Pakalolo writes –The suffragist Eunice Foote was the first to describe the greenhouse gas effect – a man received the loan: “Eunice Foote was born in New York in 1819. She had studied at the T.Roy female seminar (N / K / A. Emma Willard School), where she was encouraged to attend a nearby college to study science. There she learned her scientific skills for her free-thinking experiments. In fact, in addition to being a scientist, she was also a dear friend of the well-known suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She was so active in the movement that she signed the Declaration of Emotions designed by women at the Congress of 1848 in Seneca Falls for women's rights. Her heroism was not limited to the women's movement of her time. She was the first person to describe the greenhouse gas effect in climate science over 150 years ago. As you know, greenhouse gases contribute to the warming of the planet, and they are the reason why civilization has survived and thrived on earth for thousands of years. She described how these gases would change the temperature of the globe. Little did she know how a population explosion and relentless carbon emissions would doom humanity to unimaginable horrors. She was unable to present her results as they were banned in 1856 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Three years later, a male scientist presented their results and has since been known as the father of climate science.”
Pakalolo writes –Siberia's peat climate bomb burns despite minus fifty-eight degrees Fahrenheit temperatures: “I am vigilant. Last summer, record-breaking forest fires continued to smolder and burn in Siberia, “in and around the Arctic Circle”. The fuel that feeds the fires is peat, which breaks down organic matter that has been stored in the earth for thousands of years. According to NASA estimates that at least half of the forest fires that burned in Siberia in the past summer months were peat. Parrington found that fires in Arctic Russia in June and July 2020 alone released more carbon dioxide (CO2) than any full fire season since 2003 (when data collection began). This estimate is based on data compiled by CAMS, which includes data from NASAs MODIS Active Fire products. "The destruction of peat by fire is worrying for so many reasons," said Dorothy Peteet of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. "When the fires burn down the top layers of peat, the permafrost depth can deepen and further oxidize the peat below." Peteet and colleagues recently reported that the amount of carbon stored in northern bogs is twice as high as previous estimates. Fires in these regions not only release peat carbon, but also businesses that took 15,000 years to accumulate, Peteet said. they also Release methane, which is a more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. "
Michael Brune writes –Our chances of solving the climate crisis have just increased: "Yesterday, the Biden Harris administration showed that it is serious about using every instrument at its disposal to combat the climate crisis and environmental injustice. Just a week after the inauguration day, she unveiled her second major executive actions and memoranda from the president. After all, we have an administration whose actions reflect the fact that we are in a climate emergency and only have a few years left to avert catastrophic climate change. What a breath of fresh air! These new executive measures make fighting the climate crisis and environmental injustice a priority in every government agency, as well as in our foreign policy and national security. They reaffirm the Biden government's commitment to carbon-free our electricity sector by 2035, carbon-neutral our entire economy by 2050, and tie climate action to some of the country's deepest-rooted values: uprooting injustice, ensuring economic opportunities for all, and protecting ours Lands, waters and wildlife. Yesterday's executive measures show that the Biden government understands that without solving environmental injustices, there is no solution to the climate crisis.”
Angmar writes –"Climate Change Climate Crisis: The World Has Been Hottest For At least 12,000 Years – Study": “The planet is hotter now than it has been for at least 12,000 years, a period that research has shown to span the entire evolution of human civilization. The analysis of the surface temperatures of the oceans shows that climate change caused by humans has shifted the world into "uncharted territory", say the scientists. The planet may even have been warmest in 125,000 years, although data on this distant area is less certain. The study, published in the journal Nature, reached these conclusions by solving a long-standing puzzle known as the "Holocene Temperature Problem". Climate models indicate continuous warming since the last Ice Age ended 12,000 years ago and the Holocene began. However, temperature estimates derived from fossil shells showed a peak of warming and then cooling 6,000 years ago until the industrial revolution skyrocketed carbon emissions. "
OCEANS, LAKES, RIVERS, WATER & DROUGHT
Aysha Qamar writes –West Virginia's oldest river becomes America's newest national park: "Despite some of the beautiful scenery and wildlife West Virginia is known for, the state wasn't home to a national park until last year. Last December, Congress passed a bill opening the 63rd American National Park in West Virginia. The move redesignated West Virginia New river canyon from a national river to a nationally protected tourist destination: New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. The New River Gorge spans more than 70,000 acres but is under convention Designation law, It is divided into two sections: the park and the nature reserve. The park is approximately 7,000 acres and will include some of the most scenic sliver of the waterfront. The remaining more than 60,000 hectares will form the nature reserve and give people space to continue hunting and fishing legally Thrillist.”
Dan Bacher writes –Delta is adjusting the results of the vulnerability assessment, which should be published on February 4, 2021: “The Delta Stewardship Council, together with partners from the Restore the Delta community, the fathers and families of San Joaquin, Little Manila Rising and the Third City Coalition, will hold the virtual public workshop“ Delta Adapts Vulnerability Assessment Findings ”on February 4, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The assessment represents, according to a council announcement, "an effort to better understand delta vulnerabilities and consisted of allowing delta communities, infrastructure and ecosystems to adapt to future conditions."
Dan Bacher writes –The group is filing a lawsuit against CDFW for approving a project that would destroy Ballona Wetlands: “Defend Ballona Wetlands on January 29th and two people, Molly Basler and Robert van de Hoek, submitted A lawsuit in the Los Angeles Supreme Court challenging the approval of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIR) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) enabling the "complete destruction" of Los Angeles County's fragile Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve would. In 2000, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12 and created a $ 2.1 billion bond that will be spent on the acquisition, development, and protection of recreational, cultural, and natural areas, according to the lawsuit should. $ 25 million of the bond was to be specifically earmarked for the purchase, protection and restoration of wetlands equal to or greater than 400 acres in a county of more than 5,000,000 residents, particularly in relation to Ballona Wetlands. "Ballona Wetlands currently has around 1,700 species of fauna and flora – some of them threatened and endangered – and the last remaining coastal wetlands in Los Angeles," the petitioners stated.”
Control fossil fuels and emissions
ClimateDenierRoundup writes –The oil industry is pulling numbers out of its hat to scare the public over President Biden's climate action: "Rumor has it that, following today's signing of a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on public land, President Biden will personally deliver a million pink slips of paper to beleaguered workers, set billions of dollars on fire, and then rub dirt in their eyes while he is around. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it's basically the gist of what the oil industry and it's unshakable WSJ editorial team and Front Group Defender say of Biden's attempt to stop selling to businesses the sale of fossil fuels buried under the land we share as a nation. Aside from the histrionic feeding of professional crybugs, what is the reality of President Biden's anticipated move to stop selling America's land to the industries it is destroying? First of all, oil companies aren't exactly hurting for new leases, so the immediate impact will be pretty little. After all, last year the Trump administration warned about issuing thousands of permits (4,700 to be precise(roughly the same amount they grabbed when gasoline was twice as expensive) so in the last few weeks of his first and final terms, oil majors weren't even interested offered in leases.”
Alonso del Arte writes –The only thing missing in Enbridge's datasheet on line 5: “Enbridge is a company that has oil pipelines through Michigan and the Great Lakes. Nothing could go wrong with that. Jim Malewitz reports to the bridge Magazine: Little did the crew of a barge and tug, whose six-ton anchor hit Line 5 on the Strait of Mackinac, know that it was being pulled on the lake floor near Indiana until almost two days later. The anchor dented the two oil pipelines on Line 5 of Enbridge Energy and cut the three subsea cables of the Wisconsin-based American Transmission Co. in slices. Dies verursachte Schäden an den Kabeln in Höhe von 100 Millionen US-Dollar und setzte am 1. April 2018 800 Gallonen Mineralöl in die Meerenge frei. Angenommen, es wäre umgekehrt gewesen, dass der Anker die Stromkabel eingedrückt und die Ölleitung in Scheiben geschnitten hätte. Ich glaube nicht, dass 100 Millionen US-Dollar oder sogar 100 Milliarden US-Dollar den Schaden gedeckt hätten. Es wäre eine vermeidbare Katastrophe gewesen, die Flint wie einen unschuldigen Mistkerl aussehen lassen würde. "
TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUKTUR
Joelado schreibt –Pete Buttigieg, ein Wort zur EV-Infrastruktur: “Das Hauptproblem, mit dem wir konfrontiert sind, wenn eine Flut von Elektrofahrzeugen mit großer Reichweite auf den Markt kommt, ist unser falscher Ansatz bei der Ladeinfrastruktur für Elektrofahrzeuge. Das Problem besteht darin, dass das Modell der Ladeinfrastruktur, das wir bisher verfolgt haben, auf Fahrzeugen mit geringer Reichweite und einer Reichweite von etwa 100 Meilen und Ladestationen mit geringer Leistung basiert, die als Ladegeräte der Stufe 2 bekannt sind. Sowohl das Laden zu Hause als auch am Arbeitsplatz ermöglicht lange Ladezeiten, wenn diese Stationen mit niedrigem Watt und langsamer Ladestufe 2 unter Verwendung des SAE j1772-Standards etwas in Ordnung sind. Der j1772-Standard für diese Ladegeräte der Stufe 2 wird heute von allen Herstellern von Elektrofahrzeugen befolgt. Selbst Teslas kann mit einem Adapter auf diese Ladegeräte zugreifen. Der Stecker j1772 funktioniert auch mit dem tragbaren Ladegerät der Stufe 1, das eine normale 110-Volt-Haushaltssteckdose verwenden kann und normalerweise mit dem Kauf Ihres Elektrofahrzeugs geliefert wird. Der Stecker j1772 wird auch mit Ladegeräten der Stufe 2 zu Hause verwendet, die 240-Volt-Haushaltsstrom verbrauchen. Der Level 2 Standard ist in Ordnung für die Verwendung. Und es funktioniert einwandfrei, wenn Sie Ihren Elektrofahrzeug für Pendelzwecke verwenden und in Ihrem Haus herumfahren, um Besorgungen zu erledigen. Das Niedrigleistungsmodell mit niedriger Reichweite funktioniert nicht mehr mit einem Basismodell mit 200 Meilen EV als neuem Standard.”
LANDWIRTSCHAFT, LEBENSMITTEL & GÄRTEN
Nagelkeil schreibt –Tomaten im Wald! "Diese Geschichte handelt davon, wie ich die Tomaten gepflanzt habe. Ohne den Boden zu stören, legte ich eine Zeitung hin. Auf diese Zeitung legte ich den Blattteil der Tomate. Ich legte dann eine Zeitung auf den Wurzel- und Stielteil der Zeitung. Da es unter den Wäldern einige getrocknete Blätter und felsigen Schmutz gab, sammelte ich genug, um sie auf die Zeitung zu legen, damit sie nicht wegfliegt. Ich habe meinen Garten nie wieder berührt, bis die Pflanzen anfingen zu tragen. Die einzige Variable wäre die Tatsache gewesen, dass es fast jeden Tag immer noch regnete und es daher kein Problem war, meine Pflanzen zu bewässern. Die erste Frage, die ich ansprechen werde, lautet: "Wie haben meine Tomaten ohne Zusatz von Düngemitteln oder Bodenverbesserungen so gut produziert?" Wir werden seit Jahren wegen kommerzieller Düngemittel bombardiert, bei denen Stickstoff, Kalium und Kali sowie einige andere wie Schwefel oder Magnesium usw. verwendet werden. Wir vermissen die wahre Bedeutung eines produktiven Bodens. Für diejenigen, die mit echtem Boden nicht vertraut sind, empfehle ich, dass Sie sich „Kiss the Ground“ ansehen (ich habe für DaiyKos eine Geschichte über diesen Film geschrieben: „Küss den Boden). Sie werden lernen, dass der Boden ein lebender Organismus ist, in dem Milliarden und Abermilliarden von Mikroorganismen leben, die den Zweck haben, die Pflanze mit den Mineralien zu versorgen, die zum Wachsen und Produzieren benötigt werden. Der Boden unter dem Waldrand war nicht bearbeitet oder mit verfügbaren Giften besprüht worden (lesen Sie meineHerbiziddrift in meinem Garten) also wäre es lebendig gewesen. Darüber hinaus erstreckt sich eine Baumwurzel tief in die Erde und bringt die Mineralien auf, die für das Wachstum erforderlich sind. Dann werden viele der Mineralien abgeworfen, wenn die Blätter im Herbst fallen. Dies würde bedeuten, dass der Boden, den ich benutzte, alles hatte, was nötig war, um produktiv zu sein. Wenn ich diese Parzelle im folgenden Jahr erneut verwendet hätte, hätte ich wahrscheinlich mehr Mineralien in irgendeiner Form hinzugefügt, um sie an die von meinen Tomatenpflanzen verwendeten anzupassen.”
NAT'L WÄLDER, PARKS, DENKMÄLER UND ANDERE ÖFFENTLICHE LÄNDER
Meteorklingen schreibt –Republicans ask Biden to end Rep. Deb Haaland's nomination for secretary of interior: “When President Biden named Rep. Deb Haaland to be secretary of the interior, most of the public response was immensely positive. Here was a Native woman, a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, chosen to oversee a department with an impact on Indigenous Americans greater than any other except the War Department. Authority over the Native population was transferred to the Department of the Interior in 1849, although the Indian wars continued for another four decades. Anyone who has followed the Interior Department’s often atrocious handling of American Indian matters over the years knows just how big a deal Haaland’s appointment could be, and what possible changes she could promote in the Biden-Harris administration. However, while the chorus of support for Haaland was widespread, especially among the tribes and progressives, Republican opposition against her nomination is rising, and there is speculation that her confirmation hearing, still expected by close observers to happen next week, could be held off for weeks or even until March. That opposition crystallized this week in a letter from Minnesota Rep. Pete Stauber and 13 other House Republicans directly challenging the nomination as a job-killer. Several Native tribes have strongly objected to Stauber’s move.”
SquireForYou writes—We're destroying the very things—and people—keeping us safe: “Old growth forests are one of the most important parts of the Earth's ecosystem. These trees last for generations, even millennia (or longer!), and provide protection to hundreds of thousands of species of plants and animals, and do the very work to keep the planet alive and habitable for the human race. The trees that make up forests are highly sought after. They're incredibly durable. and useful in so many different functions. Unfortunately, every tree cut down is a tree gone forever, leaving a hole that cannot be replaced, even by replanted trees. The indiscriminate felling of these trees is not just folly, it's potentially suicidal, leading to an acceleration of climate change that could make human life on the surface of the planet completely untenable. I think about those forests a lot when I think about what's going on amongst healthcare providers in the United States of America. As an ER nurse, I've written about the effect the COVID-19 crisis has had on emergency and acute services providers on more than one occasion, but I think it's clear there are a lot of people who don't appreciate the magnitude of the apocalypse on the horizon.”
Username4242 writes—What's OUTSIDE Yellowstone? Exploring hidden beauty in the mountains north of the park (Video): “Exploring a little-known trail outside Yellowstone National Park that leads to the remains of a long abandoned ranch. Some astonishing beauty outside the park. 🙂 🙂”
Dan Bacher writes—Earthworks report reveals California fails to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil and gas waste: “Between 2008 and 2018 alone, oil and gas companies created a statewide total of over 1.3 trillion gallons of oil and gas wastewater in California, enough liquid to fill over 17.6 million household bathtubs. That’s one of the many findings of a new report released by Earthworks, along with allies VISION California and Center for Biological Diversity. The report reveals that California, often portrayed by the state’s politicians and national media as the nation’s “green” leader, is actually one of the worst states in the U.S. when it comes to regulating the oil and gas industry’s waste. The regulatory failures range from allowing crops to be irrigated with potentially toxic and radioactive wastewater to storing waste in unlined pits or injecting it into protected groundwater aquifers, according to a press release from Earthworks. These problems are just the latest in a legacy of regulatory failures in California, a history that government agencies and NGOs have documented in report after report — and I have documented in article after article — for many years.”
Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: Global ice loss rises 60%; cicadas prepare to emerge; climate and the federal budget: “BIG ENERGY BUYERS SAY WHAT THEY WANT BIDEN-HARRIS TO DO WITH FEDERAL POLICY. Thirty-six companies have signed onto a statement (which you can download here) from the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance laying out what they think the federal government’s top energy priorities should be. The companies include Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cargill, Clorox, General Motors, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, Target, and Walmart. Some of these companies have already pledged to reduce their carbon footprints to zero within one or two decades. Amazon and Google are investing in gigawatts of renewable power. But there are obstacles to getting the electricity to net zero carbon emissions by 2035, which is the goal of the Biden-Harris administration. One of these is the nation’s wholesale energy market. John Parnell at Green Tech Media notes that the Republican majority at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made decisions that are expected to weaken the competitiveness of state-subsidized wind, solar, and nuclear power in many markets. ‘We agree that’s got to be fixed before you can talk about expanding markets,’ REBA Policy Director Bryn Baker said, noting that it’s likely that FERC, now led by Democrat Richard Glick, will focus on that ‘right out of the gate.’ In addition, REBA calls for adding more money to the federal budget for clean energy research, development, and demonstration. It also wants to see a decarbonizing the grid for all: ‘To green the grid for all customers faster, affordably, and equitably, REBA urges the federal government to take swift action to harmonize and update the current patchwork of clean energy policies’.”
Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: GM rocks automotive world with EV vow; shark populations plummet; 15 sequoias toppled: “ELECTRIFYING THE FEDERAL FLEET WITH VEHICLES MADE IN AMERICA BY UNION WORKERS HAS A PROBLEM President Biden wants to goose the electric vehicle market by transforming the federal fleet of 645,000 fossil-fueled vehicles with EVs. Not just any EVs, but ones made in America by unionized labor. One problem: nobody who fits that bill makes them. While Tesla cranked out several models totaling nearly half a million EVs in 2020, the company’s workers aren’t unionized. And although it’s been unionized since 1937, General Motors, which sold just 20,754 EVs in 2020, did so with more than 50% foreign-made parts. That doesn’t meet the government-set threshold for a whole car being considered American-made. On the other hand, changing over the federal fleet is likely to take a decade since only about 60,000 of its vehicles are replaced each year. And by the mid-’20s, GM will presumably be turning out millions of EVs if it expects to meets its 2035 zero-emission goal for its entire production run of cars and light trucks. And by then, maybe there will be a union at Tesla. "Do I think GM and Tesla will contort to access a big U.S. government market? Yes I do,’ said Scott Sklar, director of sustainable energy at the George Washington University’s Environment & Energy Management Institute. ‘They follow the money’.”
Pakalolo writes—Marjorie Taylor Greene believes a laser beam from space caused the 2018 California Campfire: “When California’s deadly and worst wildfire struck the state of California, intense drought provided the fuel necessary when a PG&E Pacific Gas and Electricity sparked the catastrophe. California has a Mediterranean climate, which is particularly vulnerable to our climate crisis. That explanation was too much for the simple-minded QAnon nutballs. To them, it had to be something else, and wow, did they ever deliver the cuckoo. From Media Matters: In November 2018, California was hit with the worst wildfire in the state’s history. At the time, future Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wrote a bizarre Facebook post that echoed QAnon conspiracy theorists and falsely claimed that the real and hidden culprit behind the disaster was a laser from space triggered by some nefarious group of people. Greene’s post, which hasn’t previously been reported, is just the latest example to be unearthed of her embracing conspiracy theories about tragedies during her time as a right-wing commentator. In addition to being a QAnon supporter, Greene has pushed conspiracy theories about 9/11, the Parkland and Sandy Hook school shootings, the Las Vegas shooting, and the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, among others.”