Highlight on Inexperienced Information & Views: Fb & local weather denial; post-scarcity civilization

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CRITTERS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS

funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket. Feeling a Little Parched: “The reality is, in fact, that it’s not fairly a desert round right here but.  No water from the sky doesn’t imply there’s no water round. You simply should know the place to look.  There are three small creeks that movement down from the north-facing slopes of the mountains surrounding American Valley, and if you wish to see some water you simply go go to them. This primary creek doesn’t have a delegated title.  However normally this creek flows yr spherical.

Upstream at the Troll Bridge
The blue metallic railing is on a really small bridge over this creek (wanting upstream). I name this bridge the “Troll Bridge” as a result of as a child taking part in right here it could possibly be type of spooky at evening. That is on the bike path, which was once a railroad monitor. However there’s much more water right here than I anticipated to search out.

funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket. Meanwhile, back at the ranch…: “October 7, 2020. It’s been a full month since I took a stroll out within the Leonhardt Ranch Learning Landscape, situated simply throughout the best way from the place I dwell.  It being properly into Fall it was time to go see what was up on the market.  That is considered one of my favourite locations to get out and search for birds and different wildlife. […]  The Feather River Land Trust protects crucial headwaters and habitat for hundreds of wildlife and plant species within the Sierra Nevada’s largest watershed—a supply of consuming water, agriculture, and hydropower for 27 million folks. Since 2000, FRLT has protected 59,000 acres of ecologically and culturally vital landscapes within the Feather River Watershed. We’re working with non-public landowners to preserve precedence lands in three areas throughout the watershed: Lake Almanor, Spanish & Indian Creeks, and Sierra Valley.”

Quiilayute River on the Olympic Peninsula
Purple arrow factors to mouth of Quillayute River, darkish inexperienced is Olympic Nationwide Park.

OceanDiver writes—Dawn Chorus: By the Quillayute River: “Now we have a convention to exit to the open ocean yearly through the winter season to a particular spot on the Olympic Peninsula. That’s off this yr resulting from Covid, for the reason that place we keep has been shut down since spring and prone to stay so for a while. As a remembrance of that stretch of coast, I’m posting some birdy photos from final yr’s journey, late October 2019, which I by no means acquired round to sharing right here on the time. We keep in one of many cabins rented out by the Quileute Indian Tribe. Their reservation is the very small portion of their unique lands across the mouth of the Quillayute River. A slim strip of land to the north and south is a part of Olympic Nationwide Park. Trails take you wilderness seashores there, for individuals who can stroll them: Second Seashore and Third Seashore to the south, and Rialto Seashore to the north of the river. I’ve develop into progressively disabled so I can’t stroll far, however I can stroll First Seashore out in entrance of the cabin and on both facet of the river. That’s the place most of those photos are from. Just a few of the images are from earlier years, of birds I didn’t get pictures of final yr.

OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – otter families in the bay: “September 2020. Salish Sea, PacificNorthwest. One quiet bay close to my home is well-liked amongst river otters. I see them there fairly usually. There are a couple of homes fronting on this bay however they’re solely used often in summer season so more often than not otters freely come and trip between the water and the wetland/forest subsequent to it (or homes: one of many summer season folks associated an extended story as soon as about what it took to evict and exclude a household of otters who had moved into their crawlspace). There are otter trails and at the very least one den within the bramble thickets by the seashore. Often it’s only one lone otter I see fishing within the bay. Currently although I’ve been seeing two households of them. An otter household is a mother and her pups from the present yr. Otters are born in spring, weaned in summer season, after which hang around with mother till subsequent spring studying the ropes and the neighborhood. (WDFW River Otters) Someday I noticed a bunch of 4 otters doing one thing on the sting of a bit of island within the bay. Then one other group paddled over from shore and climbed up on the island. A few them waited for a bit, watching behind; a couple of minutes later one other paddled over and joined them. They have been clearly all a bunch. The second household climbed onto a flat naked patch and rolled round there for fairly some time.”

Wheel bug on my county road
Wheel Bug

lostintheozarks writes—The Daily Bucket – Forgive Us Our Trespassing…: “Douglas County, Missouri. October 9, 2020. It has been a busy week and consequently I missed my day by day stroll a few instances and lower it quick a pair extra. Once I lastly acquired the prospect to stroll at this time it appeared that October has lastly determined to get colourful. When that occurs I typically stray off the crushed path and stroll into the fields I usually stroll previous. Sure, I’m a trespasser! However are you able to blame me? […] For many of the yr, strolling in these fields is an invite to be attacked by biting bugs. However when the climate cools down and the haying is completed it turns into a lot safer to wander by. No one lives right here anymore, so no person actually cares that I’m right here.

The Lipsticked Pig writes—Today is World Octopus Day! Orion journal’s e mail at this time was entitled ‘What has eight legs and three hearts?’ They referenced a Sy Montgomery article, ‘Deep Mind,’ from the journal some years again. They are saying it’s the most learn Orion article of all time. Since at this time is World Octopus Day, they reached out to her once more and she or he wrote a brand new article, ‘Why I Want You to Take World Octopus Day Critically.’ After studying Montgomery’s ‘Soul of an Octopus,’ after which ‘Different Minds’ by Peter Godfrey-Smith, I’m an enormous octopus fan. (I confess I even virtually purchased an octopus rest room paper holder from a kind of catalogs that present up within the mailbox.) I imply, how are you going to not love a creature with three hearts!?! So, to rejoice World Octopus Day, I’m sharing Orion journal’s (and Sy Montgomery’s) beautiful octopus choices, in case you missed that it’s World Octopus Day and that’s one thing to rejoice!

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“Whitey” Bulger, named by the writer for the bulge in its throat when the egret swallows a fish.

6412093 writes—The Daily Bucket–The West Side Gang moves in: “For 20 years, I’ve tracked the actions of herons and egrets the place I’ve labored and walked. I’d been working at a golf course in Banks Oregon, 20 miles west of Portland. We had a year-round heron, and each autumn, an egret visited and fished for a couple of days, angering the golf course’s resident heron. Then I seen that (or one other) egret began visiting 10 miles farther east, at a stormwater pond, once more throughout early winter, after which vanishing. This spring an egret confirmed up out of season about two miles farther east, at Bethany Lake.   It’s again, a bit of early to be migrating — once more. This native  heron can also be shadowing or leapfrogging the egret, transferring its fishing spots to the east, potential in response.  “Icepick” Willie the Heron is not going to surrender this prime fishing territory to the West Aspect Egret Mob! The native Purple Winged Blackbirds are attacking each side, exploiting their benefit in numbers and agility.”

CLIMATE CHAOS

Lefty Coaster writes—60 Minutes puts Climate Change front and center in report on 4% of California burning this season: “Tonight 60 Minutes made the California fires and Local weather Change their prime story. Not less than 31 have died within the largest wildfires in California historical past. The east is defending itself towards twice the standard variety of tropical cyclones. And what will be the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth got here in August in the US. It is a torrid 2020 and it was forecast 32 years in the past. Within the 1980’s, a NASA scientist named James Hansen found that local weather change, pushed by carbon emissions, was upon us. His graphs, of three a long time in the past, precisely traced the worldwide rise in temperature to the yr 2020Thom Porter: These are fires that no person, after I began on this enterprise, ever even dreamed of taking place in California. Not even shut. California State Hearth Chief Thom Porter ‘began on this enterprise’ in 1999. That yr simply over a million acres burned. By 2007, it was 1,000,000 and a half. In 2018, two million. This season, almost 4 million acres have burned to date.

xaxnar writes—Climate change sucks – and it’s everywhere: “Okay, so small potatoes in comparison with the entire hurricanes which have hit to date, and the west coast in flames, however nonetheless not enjoyable. A robust entrance swept by the opposite day with 60 mph wind gusts. Bushes down throughout, energy strains down, roads closed. They’re slowly getting energy again, however over 100,000 have been affected in a broad swath from NY into New England. A few months in the past a thunderstorm popped up over the world round my home — and simply sat there many of the day. It didn’t transfer on; it simply stored raining down. We acquired virtually 5 inches in just some hours. It was a neighborhood occasion, but it surely was not enjoyable and there was some flash flooding. Excessive climate occasions; put together to take care of them as a result of they’ll develop into extra frequent. I’ve two transportable turbines, however haven’t acquired the home wired to allow them to run crucial programs but — simply what I can plug in. Two months from now this is able to be actually unhealthy; at the very least at this time is sunny and gentle.”

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Helping Curry Crowdsource Examples of “Fallacious Thinking From Climate Science”: “Earlier this week, Dr. Judith Curry wrote a publish on her Local weather and so on. weblog asking for some assist with one thing she’s writing about cognitive biases and logical fallacies. She apparently may ‘use some assist fleshing out’ the definitions of phrases like Advert Hominem with ‘examples from local weather change.’ The very first cognitive bias listed is affirmation bias, which she describes as ‘the tendency to seek for or interpret data in a method that confirms one’s preconceptions.’ For instance, in case you have been Judith Curry, and wished to write down about cognitive biases and logical fallacies within the local weather area, however didn’t have any examples available, so that you requested your weblog denizens to provide you examples to show the purpose you’re attempting to make, that is perhaps affirmation bias. So we’ll put apart for the second that her “How we fool ourselves” publish very a lot seems like an instance of affirmation bias. And we’ll simply briefly point out that if you’d like an precise skilled’s tackle fallacies and misinformation, John Cook’s got you covered.” 

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AmericaAdapts writes—Inside Out: The Grief, Trauma and Anxiety of Climate Change (and what you can do) Dr. Renee Lertzman: “ In episode 121 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Renee Lertzman. Dr. Lertzman is an environmental psychologist and founding father of Project InsideOut, a forthcoming useful resource hub and rising neighborhood of apply that unites activists with scientific psychologists. Doug and Renee focus on what’s local weather grief and nervousness; steps people and organizations can do to deal with these points and switch to motion; the worth of emotional intelligence and how adaptation and mitigation have extra in frequent that you simply suppose.” 

Excessive Climate & Pure Phenomena

ian douglas rushlau writes—NOAA has issued grave warnings about Hurricane Delta. Now Cat. 4, will hit Gulf Coast this week

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AKALib writes—Hurricane Delta about to become the 7th major storm to hit the Gulf Coast this year:Hurricane Delta, now a serious class 3 hurricane, is touring over the nice and cozy waters of the Gulf of Mexico, headed for the Louisiana coast. With sustained floor winds over 115 mph, it’s anticipated to strengthen to 125 mph winds within the subsequent 12 hours, earlier than weakening a bit and making landfall late Friday night. The storm will convey robust winds, heavy rainfall and tornadoes in its path by LA and MS and into TN.

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e2247 writes—Hurricane Delta landed as Category 1 Saffir-Simpson Scale ─ 8pm 21 miles East of Lake Charles: “Hurricane Delta Intermediate Advisory — National Hurricane Center  8:00 PM CDT   Fri   Oct 09 2020Cat 1 is Very dangerous winds that produce some damage: Nicely-constructed body properties may have injury to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Massive branches of timber will snap and shallowly rooted timber could also be toppled. Intensive injury to energy strains and poles seemingly will lead to energy outages that might final a couple of to a number of days.” 

OCEANS, WATER, DROUGHT

peregrine kate writes—Will the next bad break for Michigan ruin the Great Lakes? (Update): “Many of the injury Rick Snyder did throughout his two phrases because the governor of Michigan (2010-2018) will take years if not a long time to mitigate. However one damaging resolution he made continues to be inside our energy to reverse proper now: Blocking Enbridge Vitality from establishing a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to move hundreds of thousands of liquified petroleum merchandise day by day by Line 5. Public hearings are underway proper now to evaluate the security and legitimacy of the oil tunnel proposal, and YOU are welcome to take part. Particulars concerning the public listening to comply with, after a quick overview of the place issues stand now concerning an entire and whole shutdown of Line 5. Though Governor Whitmer and Legal professional Normal Nessel gained handily in November 2018, Gov. Snyder and the GOP-led Michigan Legislature entered into a number of contracts with Enbridge to lock in the replacement for the current version of Line 5 through the lame-duck interval on the finish of the yr. Whitmer and Nessel each ran on a promise to close down Line 5 solely, however due to Snyder’s unethical (however authorized) intervention, Enbridge has been in a position to transfer ahead to date with their plan to maneuver the pipelines underground, right into a utility tunnel that may take so long as ten years to assemble.”

Dan Bacher writes—Attorney General Becerra Slams Trump Administration Plan to Raise Shasta Dam: “On October 5, California Legal professional Normal Xavier Becerra despatched a remark letter to David Brick of the Bureau of Reclamation opposing the Trump Administration’s effort to boost the Shasta Dam by as much as 18.5 toes. A replica of the remark letter could be discovered here. Reclamation has been pushing the dam increase proposal for years to ship extra Sacramento River water to the Westlands Water District and different rich agribusiness pursuits within the San Joaquin Valley. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, different California Tribes, environmental teams and fishing organizations are opposing the proposal, saying the plan would outcome within the destruction of imperiled salmon and steelhead populations and the inundation of the remaining sacred cultural websites of the Winnemem Wintu. Within the remark letter, Legal professional Normal Becerra argues that the proposal by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) depends on an ‘incomplete draft supplemental environmental influence assertion’.”

CANDIDATES, STATE AND DC ECO-RELATED POLITICS

AKALib writes—Cherries—An Ad from the Biden/Harris team on Climate Change and Food: “This new advert from the Biden/Harris workforce is being claimed by many to be the primary presidential marketing campaign advert centered solely on local weather change. It’s dedicated to local weather change and its impact on the way forward for meals, described from the attitude of farmers. The farmers within the advert plead that we have to handle local weather change now, in order that they and their grandchildren can proceed to supply meals for Individuals and the entire world. Though the YouTube video is dated Oct 3, it appears to have been launched at this time.” 

Pakalolo writes—The Biden/Harris climate plan just may buy us time to prevent the worst impacts: “Vice President Joe Biden’s climate plan has obtained rave critiques throughout the planet. Many have hope that the US carrot and stick strategy, home and international, may assist purchase us time in our battle for a livable world. It gained’t be simple, however maybe the information summaries under will ease the worry and nervousness that so many people really feel. Nick O’Malley of the Sydney Morning Herald writes: However the US is just not solely battling a pandemic and the consequential financial collapse however relentless civil strife supercharged by a toxic election marketing campaign. In consequence, Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s adoption of what some take into account to be essentially the most formidable local weather change motion plan ever put ahead by a serious occasion of a serious nation has attracted far much less consideration than it most likely deserves. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, considered one of many on the occasion’s left who had opposed Biden on environmental grounds and who’ve now embraced his candidacy, described Biden’s plan as visionary.

poopdogcomedy writes—CO-Sen: HuffPost, “Sen. Cory Gardner’s (R) Climate Conspiracy Theory Revealed In 2017 Recording”: “From The Huffington Post:Going through an uphill battle for reelection in a state the place two-thirds of registered voters polled last month mentioned they favored a Senate candidate who promised “aggressive motion” on local weather change, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R) has billed himself as a ‘nationwide chief’ on local weather points and run three separate ads casting himself as a practical environmentalist. However in a 2017 audiotape HuffPost obtained, Gardner squirms out of questions on what’s inflicting climate change, as an alternative leaning into conspiratorial considering that efforts to curb carbon emissions are half of a bigger plan to ‘management the economic system.’ ‘There are individuals who wish to management the economic system because of their perception concerning the atmosphere,”’Gardner mentioned in a beforehand unpublished interview with a neighborhood newspaper columnist in his native Yuma County in rural jap Colorado. ‘Completely, there are’.” 

greenandblue writes—Tie Republicans to the fossil fuel anchor they grabbed: “After Biden and Harris trounced their respective opponents in televised debates, I’ve one easy request for our candidates. Embrace the transition from fossil fuels to renewables, aggressively and with ardour. It’s a winner. For the sake of humanity, we’d like it. On the debate with Kamala Harris, Mike Pence repeatedly thought he had Harris caught in some fracking nook. He lied about unleashing vitality, which follows years of Trump’s sucking as much as coal. Don’t fear Democrats. It’s a gap, not a nook. Right here’s some issues to maintain repeating as usually as they tout fossil gas jobs, or after they cower about China. There are extra jobs in renewables than in fossil fuels. The inexperienced economic system is coming. Different nations are going arduous in direction of this future. They may cross us if we don’t make the transition. China superior to the highest place in renewable and clean vitality funding as a result of they embrace science and renewables. Clinging to fossil fuels will allow them to dominate the longer term vitality economic system.” 

Lefty Coaster writes—Greta Thunberg Endorses Biden – vote “to protect science instead of destroying it”: “Excellent news.” 

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ENERGY

Nuclear

skralyx writes—Physicists throw down the gauntlet! Nuclear fusion in 2025: “We believe it’s going to work”: “It’s arduous to overstate how a lot the world could be modified by success in internet vitality era by nuclear fusion. A mini-Solar, on Earth, on demand. However each time you hear about nuclear fusion, it appears the timeline for it simply acquired prolonged once more. It’s all the time 20 or 30 years away, is not it?Nicely, right here’s a refreshing change, to say the very least: The Journal of Plasma Physics has simply launched a special issue stating, by way of 7 papers, involving 12 completely different analysis groups, that resulting from latest advances in idea, design, and supplies, the primary working demonstration of internet vitality manufacturing by nuclear fusion, without having so as to add exterior warmth as soon as it will get going, has been moved up by a decade.  It’s now projected for 2025. Joe Biden can be presidin’ as this factor fires up proper right here within the U.S.  Sheesh, it’s close to sufficient that you simply’ll nonetheless personal a few of the identical pairs of underwear.  (OK, er…  I’ll, anyway.)  The gauntlet has been thrown down!

Fossil Fuels & Emissions Controls

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Wyoming Taxpayers Fund Dark Money Pro–Coal Lobby Group – Whether They Like It Or Not: “Often, darkish cash donors attempt their greatest to cover their involvement with the entrance teams they fund — that’s the entire level of organising such a bunch as an alternative of simply doing it your self. However often, there’s different causes. As a result of at a press convention final month, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon proudly introduced that the state would ‘contribute’ $250,000 of taxpayer cash to the Vitality Coverage Community. Now, that doesn’t essentially sound scandalous … in case you don’t know what the vaguely-named Vitality Coverage Community does. (And until you caught last year’s IndyStar feature on them, you most likely don’t!) Now you’ll although, due to a piece published Friday by Wyoming Public Radio and WyoFile. The story, by Andrew Graham and Cooper McKim, gives a sweeping overview of the Vitality Coverage Community’s nine-state marketing campaign to maintain coal vegetation from shutting down. Armed with inside communications, interviews and regulatory findings, the investigation reveals how Wyoming taxpayers are funding the business’s reply to the Sierra Membership’s Past Coal marketing campaign.

Dan Bacher writes—Governor Newsom Pledges to Conserve 30% of Land and Coastal Waters by 2030 as Oil Drilling Expands: “California Governor Gavin Newsom at this time signed an govt order making California the primary state within the nation to pledge to preserve 30 p.c of land and coastal waters by 2030, becoming a member of 38 nations in that conservation dedication. Whereas some environmentalists lauded the order, different public curiosity teams weren’t impressed, with Meals and Water Watch urging the governor as an alternative “to return to the drafting board and deal with the state’s largest polluters head-on.” The group criticized him for increasing oil and fuel drilling in California throughout a yr of an unprecedented pandemic, document warmth and document wildfires. The textual content of at this time’s govt order could be discovered here and a replica could be discovered here.

Dan Bacher writes—Alliance launches ad campaign to pressure Governor Newsom to phase out oil drilling in California: “Throughout a yr of an unprecedented epidemic, document fires and document warmth, the California company answerable for regulating oil and fuel drilling, CalGEM, has accredited over 1540 new oil and fuel drilling permits to date. Confronted with this enlargement of fossil gas drilling in California, Last Chance Alliance, a coalition of over  750 local weather, environmental justice, and public well being teams, has launched an advert marketing campaign calling on Governor Gavin Newson to section out oil drilling as a part of his plan to deal with the local weather disaster, in keeping with a press launch from the alliance. The advertisements direct audiences to fuelingtheflames.org the place they will take motion. Since Newsom develop into Governor in January 2019, his regulators have accredited a complete of 7071 oil and fuel drilling permits in California, in accordance to an information evaluation from Client Watchdog and the FracTracker Alliance. ”

trubludude writes—Fracking must end: “ Biden’s place on fracking is…problematic. Recovering pure fuel by injecting the porous shale substrate of total counties alongside the Ohio River Watershed and delicate coastal areas with toluene, benzene, and hexane is just not a “transition” or ‘bridge’ to something apart from ecological catastrophe. Gulf Vitality executives on ‘Unitization Calls’ (an undemocratic land seize course of that permits the Ohio Division of Pure Assets to power reluctant land house owners to permit fracking underneath their property) admit that there isn’t any assure that the chemical substances stay contained within the shale substrate. Moreover, solely 50% of the poisonous sludge produced is recoverable and should nonetheless be saved in above floor holding ponds. These ponds are poorly regulated, and, as precipitation will increase from local weather change, they’re an increasing number of prone to flood, releasing the toxins into floor water, and destroying property worth. You would not consider how cheap and undesirable property is as soon as its been fracked.” 

Alan Singer writes—Coal: A Two-Front Trump Betrayal: As President, Trump appointed firm executives and lobbyists to self-regulate coal on the identical time he collected massive marketing campaign checks from the business. The Trump administration additionally labored to undermine the Obama administration’s Clear Energy Plan to chop carbon emissions by coal-fueled energy vegetation. However regardless of Trump’s guarantees and futile efforts, within the final three years seventy-five coal-burning energy vegetation and fifteen p.c of the US’ coal-generated capability has gone off-line. One other seventy coal vegetation are scheduled to shut, the quickest decline in coal-fuel capability in historical past. In 2017, over thirty p.c of U.S. vitality got here from coal. It’s estimated that in 2020, coal energy will decline to solely twenty p.c. After Donald Trump promised his presidency would revitalize coal, coal-mining jobs have declined by 5,300 and 12,000 jobs have been eradicated by coal-burning utilities.” 

GoodNewsRoundup writes—Biden won’t have anyone from fossil fuel on transition team: Day 79 of 100 days of loving Joe Biden: “In a brand new ethics plan launched by his marketing campaign, Joe Biden signaled that he won’t allow leaders of fossil fuel companies on his transition team if he wins the overall election in November. He also will limit lobbyists from his presidential transition team. Underneath the brand new guidelines launched on Wednesday, members of Mr. Biden’s transition workforce should decide to not engaged on coverage issues that may signify a monetary battle of curiosity. Transition employees are additionally barred from shopping for or promoting particular person shares with out approval from the transition workforce’s basic counsel, former Fb lawyer Jessica Hertz. ‘The Plan goals to make sure that Transition workforce members abide by the very best moral requirements, act solely in furtherance of the general public curiosity, and base all coverage and personnel selections on benefit, free from particular person conflicts of curiosity,’ the ethics plan says.”

Renewables, Effectivity, Vitality Storage & Conservation

A Siegel writes—Clean Energy & Dept of Defense in the Biden-Harris Administration:From Marine Corps outposts using solar panels to reduce diesel demand (and thus refueling requirements) by about 50 percent to hybrid-electric ships cutting fuel demand by about 15 percent to putting in LED lights all through installations to photo voltaic panels proliferating on army services, the DOD vitality image has seen actual change over the previous 20 years. These measures, by life-cycle, virtually actually are saving the Division (and taxpayers) cash as taking Vitality Sensible measures are sometimes (close to universally) additionally fiscally sensible measures. Way more importantly, these measures are bettering capabilities whereas decreasing dangers.  Let’s take that hybrid-electric ship: larger gas effectivity interprets to longer vary (e.g. extra functionality) and lowered necessities for refueling at sea (and thus much less vulnerability).  With these actual advantages, who cares (at the very least within the Division) whether or not it saves a penny or reduces air pollution? An vitality environment friendly home base with renewable vitality sources inside the wire would possibly save the taxpayer cash whereas decreasing air pollution however, by way of the DOD mission, is way extra resilient within the face of (both pure or artifical) threats to grid electrical energy. Whereas a lot has occurred over the previous twenty years, there are nonetheless important alternatives to enhance DOD capabilities, enhance resiliency, and cut back monetary burdens by Vitality Sensible practices, insurance policies, and procurement.”

A Siegel writes—Building Back Better: Is Virginia leading the way? “On the subject of clear vitality, local weather motion, and fostering a stronger economic system for generations to return, Virginia is in a far completely different place at this time than it was only a yr in the past. Democratic Celebration management of the Governorship and the Legislature as of January 2020 modified the Commonwealth’s clean-energy panorama. With passage of the Virginia Clear Economic system Act (VCEA) and the Commonwealth becoming a member of the Regional Inexperienced Greenhouse Gasoline Initiative (RGGI), the Commonwealth has launched into a pathway to an 100% carbon free energy sector by 2045, laid out important vitality effectivity necessities, and has mandates for important investments to deal with environmental injustice. Even whereas there may be way more than can (and can) be carried out, Virginia’s leap ahead from clean-energy/climate-action laggard to chief may properly have classes for 2021 as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris work with Congress and Governors throughout the nation to Build Back Better. Monday night, as a part of its national-wide efforts to assist put rationality and science respect again into the Oval Workplace, Clean Energy For Biden (CE4B) is internet hosting a virtual panel Monday evening with many Virginia leaders for a clear vitality future.”

AGRICULTURE​, FOOD & GARDENS

robctwo writes—Saturday Morning Garden Blogging vol 16.41, getting toward the change of seasons. A photograph diary. Right here’s one:

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NAT’L FORESTS, PARKS, MONUMENTS & OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

Username4242​​​​​​​ writes—Exploring the Castle Trail in Badlands National Park! (Video):My path information to the Citadel Path within the attractive Badlands Nationwide Park, South Dakota.” 

REGULATIONS & PROTECTION

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Stripping Tribes’ Sovereignty, EPA Admin Wheeler Springs Trap Laid in 2005 By Former Boss Inhofe: “Again in July, a Supreme Court ruling on an advanced matter of jurisdiction gave option to a surprisingly simple ruling. The ruling acknowledged that the jap half of Oklahoma nonetheless belonged to the Native American nations placed on reservations there after their pressured relocation on the Path of Tears from their ancestral homeland in what’s now Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi. Julian Brave NoiseCat wrote in the Atlantic that it “is perhaps some of the vital Supreme Court docket circumstances of all time” as a result of it “acknowledges that Congress has by no means extinguished the reservation lands put aside for the Muscogee Creek Nation in 1866.” […] And we are able to now see that the forces of colonization and extraction aren’t about to start out respecting people who stand in the best way of revenue any time quickly. Ti-Hua Chang reported in TYT yesterday that Trump’s EPA has determined to successfully reverse the elements of the Supreme Court docket resolution it feels empowered to overthrow. How can the federal authorities so readily ignore a judicial resolution? As a result of on this governmental recreation of rock-paper-scissors, the Judicial department beats Government, however Legislative beats Judicial. So the Supreme Court docket ruling is constrained by Congress — courts implement the legal guidelines Congress writes, in any case. And again in 2005, Congress accredited a midnight rider on a transportation invoice. These two paragraphs paperclipped on to the 836-page SAFETEA transportation invoice mentioned that if the state of Oklahoma requested, it may seize environmental regulatory management from the tribes within the state.” 

POPULATION, EXTINCTION, SUSTAINABILITY

trumpeloell writes—Breakthrough Earth: Some milestones to a post-scarcity civilization: “After studying yet one more dismal Overseas Affairs article (‘Rogue Superpower: Why This Could Be an Illiberal American Century by Michael Beckley) concerning the diminished human future we are able to count on even after Trump’s departure, I made a decision to write down a pure Blue Sky piece about another future. I gained’t declare it is a ‘progressive’ imaginative and prescient: there isn’t any option to disguise the large quantity of human disruption and struggling we’ve got set in movement with overpopulation and local weather change, and although there are paths to a greater world by the approaching fireplace, it couldn’t be a very acquainted world we’d find yourself in. And the people in that world couldn’t be solely acquainted creatures both. In Star Trek, at any time when the variations between the people of the Federation and people of the previous turned apparent, the writers waved them away with an ethereal ‘we advanced.’ However that strategy of ‘evolution’ is rarely defined.”

MISCELLANY

Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: Solar, wind installations soar; $1.29M Earthshot Prizes begun; eco-Latinas on YouTube:Trump regime “sitting on” Fifth National Climate Assessment: The assessments are mandated by Congress to be generated at the very least as soon as each 4 years, which implies work on the 2022 report must be underway now. However the White Home has but to place out a name for scientists to get going with it. ‘It’s not being accredited to exit, so subsequently they’re simply sitting on it,’ Donald Wuebbles, a local weather scientist on the College of Illinois and co-author of the fourth evaluation, told ClimateWire. That report launched in 2018 laid out the case starkly. ‘Earth’s local weather is now altering quicker than at any level within the historical past of contemporary civilization, primarily because of human actions.’ Donald Trump tried to maintain the fourth evaluation out of the information by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving in 2018.