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The Inhofe Nothingburger

After the 2010 elections in the USA, headlines proclaimed, “With new Republican majority, let the investigations begin,” and “New Republican majority Congress promises a tough ride for Obama.”  One of the big targets for investigations: climate science.  “There’s a huge appetite among the rank-and-file to raise fundamental questions about the underlying science,” said Michael McKenna,…

Susanne Sternthal, a writer based in Moscow, has published an article about the ecology of stray dogs.  The article is in Financial Times, of all places.  Why is that? Moscow’s stray dogs By Susanne Sternthal January 16 2010 00:04

Where Does All the Sulfur Go?

Environmental regulations have greatly reduced the amount of sulfur in gasoline.  This has created many benefits.  But did you ever wonder what happens to all that sulfur?  Perhaps not, if it was never clear to you why you should care. The reason you should care is this:  Sulfur is present in coal and in most…

Giant Mucus Blobs Increasing

National Geographic reports on a new consequence of global climate change: giant, mucus-like sea blobs.  They’ve been around for a while, actually, but now there are more of them.  This is from the on-line article, Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger.  The danger comes from the fact that these blobs harbor bacteria:…

Air Pollution and Appendicitis

This is an odd one.  A study of 5191 adults showed an association between air pollution and attacks of acute appendicitis. Effect of ambient air pollution on the incidence of appendicitis CMAJ 10.1503/cmaj.082068 Published online ahead of print October 5, 2009 Abstract Background: The pathogenesis of appendicitis is unclear. We evaluated whether exposure to air…

This method, if it pans out, could not only be clean, it could make the environment even cleaner. Jonathan Trent, the lead research scientist on the Spaceship Earth project at NASA Ames Research Center, has been working on a method to produce oil from algae.  Their Algal Biofuels Team appears to be making progress. NASA…

New Kind of Cloud

In 2008, we were informed that a kind of cloud formation had been named: the mammatus formation, so-called because it resembles a breast.  Sort of.  Whatever. A new development is more serious.  The Cloud Appreciation Society has suggested that the name asperatus be given to clouds that portray a particular kind of turbulence. Flickr photo…

Malthus Was Right

Well, maybe not Malthus, but Garrett Hardin and Paul Ehrlich — the 1960′s-era neomalthusian academicians — have been right on the money.  There are hard limits to growth, and those limits are upon us.  This is the contention of Charles A. S. Hall and John W. Day, Jr., two systems ecologists who have published a…

The Origins of Greenwashing

Orion Magazine has a neat article on the first greenwashing campaigns in the USA.  Remember the crying Indian?  It’s all explained here. Although beautifully written, it is kind of sickening.  How we all were misled.  Screwed everything up.  

The Future of Housing in the USA

Tiny houses.  Sensible way to live.  As long as everyone gets along. Much less resource-intensive.  Nothing wasted.   Not good for dog owners.  No room to wag tail.  Otherwise perfect.  Writers become economical.  No extra words.  No commas.  To Hell with semicolons. HT: Hillary