Posted on | April 10, 2016 | No Comments
Sorry, no news round-up this week. For water news junkies, methadone may be found at Circle of Blue, Climate Central, On the Public Record, Maven’s Notebook, Water Deeply, JFleck@Inkstain, WaterWired, Environment in Focus, The Bay Journal and other good sources from the blog roll, right. Back next week.
Posted on | April 3, 2016 | No Comments
One water story dwarfed all others this week. A scenario modeled in the journal Nature suggests that sea level rise could exceed one meter (roughly three feet) by 2100 and 15 meters (49 feet) by 2500 if the melting of Antarctic ice sheets continues unabated. Before suggesting that anyone read it, this is to commend Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet forever. In this Guardian essay, writer Robert Macfarlane lays the kind of philosophical and linguistic track needed to help grapple with what is to come, be it in meters or feet, centigrade or Fahrenheit.
Posted on | March 26, 2016 | No Comments
Eight “bionauts”, as they called themselves, lived for two years locked inside this crystalline, nuclear bunker. Its huge vaulted structures contained a tropical rain forest, a grassland savannah, a mangrove wetland and salt-water ocean, complete with coral reef — everything one might possibly need to weather the apocalypse. It was described in the press as a “planet in a bottle,” “Eden revisited” and “Greenhouse Ark”… By the time [the bionauts] emerged, the utopia they envisaged had descended into chaos, and the experiment was acknowledged as a failure. Time magazine would call it one of the “50 worst ideas of the 20th century”. — Bohemians, Bauhaus and bionauts: the utopian dreams that became architectural nightmares, The Guardian, 3/25/16 Read more
Posted on | March 20, 2016 | No Comments
“We asked for it because the National Park Service didn’t want it.” — National Gallery Director “Rusty” Powell, One of DC’s great fountains comes back to life but it shouldn’t have taken so long, Washington Post, 3/17/16
Posted on | March 13, 2016 | No Comments
“We’re not collecting any more money from the ratepayers. All we’re doing is, we’re taking money and saying we are reclassifying it from an account payable to income.” — Westlands Water District general manager Tom Birmingham to his board, California water district fined by SEC over “Enron” accounting, New York Times, 3/11/16
Westlands Water District is broker than it looks from the outside. Without “Enron accounting,” they can barely afford their debt service. — Instead of ‘Supermarket to the World,’ On the Public Record, 3/9/16
“There were six Goliaths in there and all I had was just a little pea stone.” — Nolen Scott Ely, Dimock, PA resident whose well was poisoned by fracking by Cabot Oil and Gas Corp, Jury awards families $4.24 million in contaminated water case, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 3/11/2016
Dimock, which was featured in the 2010 fracking documentary “Gasland,” has been called “ground zero” in the fight over fracking. — Family wins case against fracking company after 7 years of polluted drinking water, Think Progress, 3/10/16« go back — keep looking »