Environment

Bone-house wasps

A new species of spider wasp that protect their young with walls made of ant carcasses has been discovered in the forests of China. Dr. Michael Staab from the University of Freiburg discovered the new species which he named Deuteragenia ossarium meaning “bone-house wasp” since the wasps reminded him of the ossuaries in Europe with…

Crystalline silica, hydrofluoric acid and formaldehyde. Those are just three of the dozens of air toxic chemicals that oil companies have used thousands of times in southern California in just the past year.

Here’s a nice pic: Its from http://surfacetemperatures.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/global-land-surface-databank-version.html (but I cut it a bit to make it prettier). The colour bar is number of years. Refs * Understanding the effects of changes in the temperature scale standards through time

Climate Change Increases Wild Fires

First let me check … are all those denialists who have been claiming that wild fires have become rare done talking yet? OK fine. Yes, depending on where you go and what you look at we are having a problem with wild fires in the US and elsewhere (i.e., Australia). Part of this is probably…

The Bottleneck Years by H.E. Taylor Chapter 97 Table of Contents Chapter 99 Chapter 98 The Second Day, March 21, 2061 On Monday morning, I watched the second session of Jon’s trial alone in my office at CCU. I didn’t have a class until mid-afternoon, so time was not an issue. Jon was led into…

Battle of the graphs

The battle of the graphs provides a learning opportunity says “American Elephants”, and indeed it does, though possibly not in the way they’re thinking. I haven’t been able to clearly identify the source of this image (which is the reason for this post: I’ll show you how far back I’ve managed to go, and your…

Who are the founders of Greenpeace? Not Patrick Moore. Patrick Moore is a Hippie for Hire. He makes the claim that he co-founded Greenpeace, and charges a fee to show up at conferences or other venues, or sit on boards, to provide a story that anti-environmentalists, global warming deniers, and others, like to hear. The…

Another Great Video from Greenman Peter Sinclair: More details and links HERE.

Minnesota’s Amazing June Weather

We are breaking all sorts of records here in Minnesota this June, and not the records for drought (or, for once, cold). It has been raining and storming a lot, and not just in one place as happens now and then. The rains have been widespread and intensive. The flood levels of most rivers are…

When a widely used chemical is identified as an environmental health hazard and targeted for phase-out and elimination, among the most challenging questions for those involved with making such a chemical are: What to use instead? and Will the replacement be safe? The US Environmental Protection Agency’s report identifying alternatives to the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) illustrates how difficult those questions can be to answer.