It’s a dark comedy by a British writer about a US President of the conservative stripe (the name of his party is never mentioned but is obvious) and his cabinet finally coming to terms with the unsustainability of the American lifestyle on a crowded world. [more]
An email from Climate Nexus:
From a promising young researcher at the University of Toronto. James emphasizes that he is speaking for himself here, independently of his supervisor and his department.
Canadians, especially, please take note.
Over the past several months we have seen major cuts to Environment Canada that have left it without any real scientific or research power. [more]
h/t Steven Mann
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It’s a stupid name; about grass roots environmentalism rather than about wars of invasion.
It starts off strong and then gets into some frantic handwaving and saccharine and not entirely well-grounded reassurance and encouragement.
I honestly don’t think the swarm they describe will be enough. [more]
John Nielsen-Gammon, our Texas State climatologist came up with this scary image that most of you have seen, and that everyone in Texas ought to take a good long look at. I was one of the first to reproduce it, but I’ve seen in lots of places since, and with good reason. [more]
The consistently remarkable “The Big Picture” photo site at boston.com has a series of pictures of the drought and fires in Texas.
While we’re caught in futile waiting for our first raindrop in over a month and perhaps our fourth rain event of the year here in Austin, the northeast continues to be drastically, roll-a-13-ishly wet.
Jeff Masters, as usual, has the scoop:
An extreme rainfall event unprecedented in recorded history has hit the Binghamton, New York area, where 7.49″ fell yesterday. [more]
Firefighters are mopping up the remnants of a blaze that tore through Bastrop State Park this week. All but 100 acres of the park were blackened by wildfire, but crews managed to save many historic Depression-era buildings. [more]
Rick Perry, among his other interesting attributes, has managed to unbalance the state budget of Texas, you know, the state with the miracle economy, to the tune of $2.5e10/annum; yes that is twenty-five billion dollars. Consequently, the forest service and the volunteer fire departments were among the services substantially defunded as of September 1, and some professional firefighters just recently lost their jobs. [more]
An excellent piece on the Texas fire situation at Texas Climate News.
“In rapidly growing population areas like Austin, as more and more of the desirable land fills up, you get kind of a pushing in and a pressure to build in the zone that everybody knows you shouldn’t be building in,” says George Rogers, a senior research fellow at Texas A&M University’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center. [more]
Satellite-derived fire sites today. (click image for higher resolution.)
Sorry if I’m not in the thick of the soap opera this week.
We are kind of sliding into a full blown catastrophe around these parts. It seems not quite timely to be playing paranoids and nerds right now.
Andy S said…
I believe the loblolly pine forest is a good indicator of long-term climate trends. They and their long tap roots are sensitive to long term soil moisture levels. The lost pines of Bastrop are there because it’s an island of sandy soil that is permissive so that more of the region’s rainfall is available for tree growth versus becoming surface runoff. [more]
I was contemplating pointing out how there really hasn’t been an “ordinary” recession for thirty years in the US: how employment recovers has been much slower since the early 80s. I guess it was in the air, because I came across somebody else (“mikekr”) making the same point (with convenient graphics). [more]
My classmate Jon Foley has an interesting presentation, and it’s mostly true and important, so admittedly everything actually should be said at least twice.
So he does.
I wonder about the presentation. Which is more effective, the twelve minute talk with images or the four minute screed-toon without much evidence. [more]
An interesting article at Bloomberg’s on how insurance companies view climate change is, in my opinion, marred by this illustration of, well, sort of an equation from dreamland. Or possibly two. Hard telling.