Saturday, July 27, 2013

Nature coming back at ex-parking lot

I found this relic from the happy motoring age just off Cornelia Street in Plattsburgh, N.Y., yesterday. It'll take another decade, at least, but nature is slowly pushing the asphalt off the land at this spot. Best wishes on fighting sprawl

No this, no that, and . . .

It is very much a country of "no" these days, as this sign indicates. I found this one on the edge of the entrance street to a Mallwart complex in suburban Plattsburgh, N.Y., yesterday. If there was more room on the signboard, this is what it should say: Don't even try walking here because this town cares only about cars, trucks, SUVs and climate-change pollution.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How to waste water without really trying

That's what business boosters have been up to in Lake Placid, N.Y., twice home to the Winter Olympic Games. On the day last week I took this photo, the air temp was 93. Back at my hotel, the Hampton Inn, the automatic lawn sprinklers were trying their best to water non-existent plants trying to get a foothold in sidewalks. Amazing the level of di
mmess there is out there. And the money for resort advertising is apparently a bottomless pit.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dr. James Hansen presses the climate case for nuclear energy

Good video with some transcribed remarks here. I still wonder why we find it so damn hard, for starters, to simply turn off the lights.

Monday, July 22, 2013

What killed invasive Asian carp In Missouri River?

That's the big question these days for fisheries professionals in Iowa, Nebraska and elsewhere, both so they know what works to rid the river and its tribs of the invasive Asian carp and what impact it's all having on native fish. Read about it all.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ongoing drought prompts fish harvesting from Nebraska's Platte River

The Platte, as you'll see in the photo accompanying this article, is now a mere series of muddy puddles. The river I remember from early spring visits to it in 1990-92 is pretty damn sad to see.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Here's a new way to cater to our cars

And that would be this: Rip rap the parking lagoons (a k a parking lots), just like this one I found in Lake Placid, N.Y. After all, Americans do love their cars.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

More signs of 'peak us' in peak oil studies

Of one thing we can be sure of: The world will someday run out of producible oil. I' bet that not a single one of the half-dozen-or-so motorists that joined me in refueling this morning at a local gasoline station have any idea - any notion - of what future generations are in for. Nosiree. It's still, simply, fill-er-up and drive off. Read about the peak us situation.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Fake news shows gave more air time to climate speech then the big boys

The "big  boys" being ABC, CBS, NBC and so forth and so on. Apparently, Jon Stewart, star of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," understands our planet's climate and how we are trashing it better than Brian Williams, et al. Hah, hah, hah. Read Media Matters' take.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Get ready: Changing climate making wildfires more frequent, intense

This is hardly rocket science to those who've taken the time to learn the dynamics, but was continues to amaze me is the absolute lack of action on the part of Congress to take any sort of substantive, positive action to even slow climate change. What is wrong with those people?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Anti-wolf group vague on how it spent taxpayers' money

Big Game Forever (BGF) is the group in question. And it, apparently, has little to no understanding of the historic role of predators (like wolves) in the ecological world of wild nature. BGF is akin to many anti-predator organizations that would wish very much if wildlife "management" in the United States was once again utilizing paid hunters and the bounty system to kill predators. Read about the alleged scam.