The Intersection

Archives for November, 2007

Earlier this month, 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel poured into San Francisco Bay when the cargo ship Cosco Busan hit the Bay Bridge. What I want to know is–since the actual amount of oil released in the Bay was relatively small compared to scenarios like Exxon Valdez, why are we witnessing a major environmental disaster?…

Thanksgiving

Like most of our readers, we’re off on vacation over Thanksgiving – Chris to Wisconsin, Sheril to New York – and posting will be very light til we return. We wish everyone a warm and happy holiday!

On the bookshelf of bad ideas, this one would be an epic: Developers Plan Massive Water Park in Arizona Desert Unfortunately, this seemingly absurd story is moving toward full blown project. My post on our freshwater crisis is now up over at Correlations. Here’s an excerpt: Do we, uh, really need a new water park…

It is important to remember–as I note in my latest Daily Green item–that Cyclone Sidr isn’t the first staggering storm in the North Indian Ocean basin this year. Indeed, you could argue that 2007 has been the worst year on record for intense North Indian cyclones; and before Sidr came Cyclone Gonu, the first Category…

A Japanese fleet has instructions to kill 50 humpbacks – and 1,000 whales total – under the shroud of ‘scientific whaling‘. Why should we care? Well it’s estimated that there are about 10,000 humpbacks coursing about the planet now… low numbers considering we had 240,000 in the North Atlantic pre-whaling. Ever notice how the actual…

From Baptist Press: DHAKA, Bangladesh (BP)–In the hours before Cyclone Sidr reached the coastal areas of Bangladesh, Southern Baptists and other Christians began praying — aware that the Category 4 storm potentially could usher hundreds of thousands into an eternity without Jesus. … “Last night a lot of people died and entered an eternity of…

While No One is Watching

…the world is changing. How will we observe these changes if we’re flying blind? That’s what Loarie et al. are worried about – and with good reason. Let me explain… Imagine you’re a scientist monitoring the planet from space using satellite imagery. You depend on these pictures to understand climate change, asses deforestation, and track…

[Note: I had originally planned to publish this post last week, but Cyclone Sidr soon began to consume all of our attention–and rightly so. We will continue to track the storm and its consequences; but starting now, I’m also going to leaven things a bit with blogging on other issues. So, here goes…] My latest…

Photographs From Bangladesh

Cyclone Sidr has passed, but there is no calm after the storm. The death toll – now reported over 3,000 – continues to rise as we’re hearing of devastation throughout the region. I’ve been touched by readers emails from Bangladesh and elsewhere, sharing experiences and firsthand accounts of what’s happening. One individual in the area,…

Now some estimates suggest the death toll from Sidr may reach 10,000. But how is it possible for a cyclone to unleash destruction on such a scale? To get a better grasp, one need only look at sea surface temperature anomalies in the Bay of Bengal before and after this storm’s passage. These images are…