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CRITTERS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Pakalolo writes—The whole [email protected] world is on fire—in Brazil, fires sweep into the largest wetland on Earth: “Earth’s most intensive tropical wetland engulfed in a wildfire because the starting of January. Nonetheless, lately the fires have accelerated as a consequence of local weather change and human stupidity and greed. Plantlife and iconic wildlife are paying a devastating value on this human-made ecological calamity. The Pantanal is an enormous space that features elements of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. The Federal College of Rio de Janeiro has calculated that over 5.8 million acres have burned. Remarkably few animals have survived. People who have are charred, and lots of want euthanization to finish their excruciating struggling.”

giddy factor writes—Dawn Chorus: Found Feathers:Discovering a unfastened feather is a candy, serendipitous reward of a chicken in our midst, whether or not from a well-recognized resident, a secretive lurker, a migrant in transit, or the remnant of a predator’s meal. In Native American tradition, a feather that falls to earth carries all the chicken’s power and signifies honor and connection between the finder, the Creator, and the chicken from which the feather got here. After we discover a unfastened feather, a primary query we ask is: What chicken did this belong to? Generally it’s apparent, however extra typically it’s not. Feather identification could be extremely advanced contemplating the numerous chicken species utilizing a habitat and the a number of varieties of feathers discovered on anybody chicken.

WordsandBirds writes—Two condor chicks succumbed to the Dolan Fire:One other casualty of the fires ravaging our treasured West Coast, as reported yesterday on the condor refuge web site, ventanaws.org: Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) biologist Joe Burnett returned from the sphere yesterday in low spirits with the unhappy information that two condor chicks, chick #1022 and chick #1029, didn’t survive the Dolan Hearth.” 

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WordsandBirds writes—Wonderous Warbler, Maybe: “My husband and I had simply heard the “priDEEP” name of a Western Tanager one current morning in Seattle when this chicken landed in a Holm Oak. However whereas Western Tanager females could be pale, they’ve robust wing bars and don’t have caps. This chicken seems to don’t have any wing bars and a darkish cap. Nevertheless, the angle in these photographs could obscure any wing bars. A educated birding buddy instructed a feminine Wilson’s Warbler. That made sense due to the cap, however this chicken regarded completely different from the feminine Wilson’s I’ve seen, in addition to from photographs in a number of sources. Lastly I checked out Stokes, which confirmed a first-year feminine Wilson’s Warbler. That appears just like the chicken. What do others assume? I’d respect any concepts. One other buddy thinks the insect in its invoice is a sawfly.” 

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Jeff Graham writes—Purple Martins: “Purple martins are the most important of the swallows. That they had not been breeding within the Seattle space the place I do most of my birding. When one martin was seen analyzing a wooden duck field, it set in movement a change of the wooden duck field right into a swallow field. An addition was added to the opposite facet of the wooden duck field since martins have communal nesting areas. I had not efficiently photographed a male purple martin, however I obtained my likelihood this 12 months when two pairs of martins used the nesting containers to rear younger. The photographs present a male in flight (not simple the way in which they dip and alter instructions shortly), an grownup with two chicks on the field and two extra within the gap of the field, and one the place an grownup is flying in to feed a bug to the chicks. The GBH on the field simply added to my story. At one time, twenty purple martins have been seen flying within the air close to the nest field website. A number of profitable broods have been hatched.” 

David Neiwert writes—Therapy for the crazy season: The sound of orcas breathing: “The endangered Southern Resident orcas have been scarce within the San Juan Islands this summer season, showing for two weeks in July after which disappearing for the remainder of the summer season. Their look this 12 months was stuffed with hopeful indicators, together with several noteworthy pregnancies, and the truth that they largely seem like well-fed. The J pod made a reappearance right here Wednesday, passing by Lime Kiln Lighthouse on the western facet of San Juan Island—shut sufficient to listen to their respiration, which is a marvelously therapeutic sound that locations the listener instantly within the whales’ world. On this madhouse of a political season, it was a therapeutic sound for a few of us.” 

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CaptBLI writes—The Daily Bucket – Low to the ground: “I practically walked over this stunning fungus throughout my day by day stroll.  I like blue in nature and the completely different shade at all times catch my eye.  With that bias said, that is probably the most putting mushroom I’ve ever seen.  My discovery obtained higher with a bit extra analysis.  Let me inform you extra about it. Simply trying on the leaf litter, the highest of the mushroom has a pale, powdery hue.  When scratching the leaves off, I discovered a deeper blue emerged alongside my finger nail path, (as seen within the title picture).  There have been a number of rising collectively so I select one to look at.”

OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – smoke comes west after 80°F nor’easter windstorm: “Wildfire smoke is an ongoing horrible story for folk within the West this summer season. We’ve been listening to reviews from our California bucketeers; at this time western Washington is underneath a thick pall of it. The smoke is coming from the Japanese Washington wildfires, primarily the Evans hearth out by Yakima. Final night time the moon rose orangish so we knew it was coming in. This morning it’s dense and acrid. […] The new windstorm would have been the first information to report from right here: plenty of leaves, needles and cones everywhere in the yard, together with fir scales. True firs bear cones on higher branches and the cones don’t fall off as items. The scales break off individually. On this unprecedented wind, all of them broke away in at some point. The chippies are most likely in heaven.” 

Lenny Flank writes—f: “Some Florida critters encountered throughout my day by day walks.” 

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Squirrel with an M&M that somebody gave him. He peeled off the sweet half and ate the peanut.

Jeff Graham writes—Green heron likes to dance: “I get a lot enjoyment watching birds. This inexperienced heron supplied a lot leisure because it caught fish, groomed after which made my spouse and me get away into laughter because it broke out in a ‘funky rooster’ dance.

David Neiwert writes—All-too-brief orca gathering welcomes healthy new calf with its once-mourning mother: “Late final Saturday afternoon, seemingly out of the blue, whale watchers out in Haro Strait between San Juan and Vancouver islands have been handled to what has develop into a uncommon occasion: a ‘superpod,’ one of many giant gatherings of all three pods—some 72 whales—within the endangered Southern Resident killer-whale (SRKW) inhabitants of the Salish Sea. They placed on a outstanding show, too: breaching, porpoising, romping with each other in an considerable present of play habits, nearly as in the event that they have been celebrating. They apparently had one thing to have fun, too: J-35 Tahlequah, the pregnant 22-year-old female orca who had gained world consideration in 2018 by mourning her useless calf for 17 straight days, confirmed off what seems to be a healthy new calf, promptly dubbed J-57. The information was greeted excitedly by the scientists learning the Southern Residents—though the gathering in Haro Strait was short-lived. The subsequent day, the whales had vanished, returning to the coastal continental shelf the place they’ve been spending the big majority of their time.” 

Jelly Ear Fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae) growing on a living tree bough.
Jelly Ear Fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae)

lostintheozarks writes—The Daily Bucket – There’s a Fungus Among Us: “Douglas County, Missouri. September 7, 2020. Over the previous few weeks we’ve had an sudden quantity of rainfall — not the flooding sort, only a good soaking rain nearly daily for about 10 days. On a current morning stroll I encountered a number of several types of fungi. Ahhh! A bucket stuffed with mushrooms and different fungi is within the works! Many of the fungi I noticed at this time have been  rising on tree trunks and boughs — most of which have been totally alive, resembling this Jelly (or wooden) Ear Fungus: Auricularia auricula-judae, often known as the wooden ear, jelly ear, or by a lot of different widespread names, is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus discovered worldwide. The fruiting physique is distinguished by its noticeably ear-like form and brown coloration; it grows upon wooden, particularly elder.

Let's try to get that itch!
After scratching that itch he realizes there are not any chicken feeders the place he can get at them and senses that there are people shut by, so he ambles again within the path of the woods.

lostintheozarks writes—The Daily Bucket – A Morning Surprise: “Douglas County Missouri. September 11, 2020. This morning we have been sitting within the sun-room having fun with a quiet morning when impulsively I noticed a darkish determine meandering in our path alongside the walkway by way of our woods towards our entrance yard. I managed to say “oh, oh, oh, bear!” And we each headed for our cameras. Mine was additional away than his, so by the point I used to be able to shoot, he had the prime place trying by way of the glass on our sun-room door. I needed to accept capturing by way of the screens on our home windows!” 

CLIMATE CHAOS

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Two Moore Climate Denial Docs That Will Fail To Fill The Gore-Sized Hole In Denier’s Egos: “When Al Gore launched An Inconvenient Reality in 2006, he received an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, deniers have attacked Gore at each alternative, however they’ve additionally tried their hardest to emulate his documentary’s groundbreaking mainstream relevance. They’ve failed, however not for lack of attempting. The most recent instance, found at WUWT, comes from Canada, the place one filmmaker’s denial doc was apparently nominated for a formidable six awards on the illustrious and world-renown Alberta Movie and Tv Awards. Oh-so-cleverly titled ‘Global Warning,’ the video apparently blames Calgary’s financial issues on local weather insurance policies. According to a story about it from last fall, the filmmaker began planning this documentary in 2008, and certainly, it sounds fairly stale, that includes the identical forged of characters as comparable works.

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Dr. Curry’s Newest Kook: (Not Quite) Fresh New (False) Ideas From the “Ethical Skeptic”: “The most recent instance of one thing that somebody ought to’ve identified higher than to have posted comes from Dr. Judith Curry, who has reposted ‘a thought-provoking article from [her] new favourite weblog, The Moral Skeptic.’ She prefaces the put up with an excerpt from the Ethical Skeptic’s about page, and to be trustworthy it’s superb Curry may see something on the location by way of all the large purple flags indicating that it is a less-than-reputable supply. The weblog has the design really feel of a frayed inspirational poster barely clinging to the wood-panel wall within the basement rec room of a youth ministry, but the tone of the writing is extra of a math scholar’s Adderall-addled impersonation of a philosophy professor. After which there’s the sidebar, which options quite a lot of definitely-very-real blurbs, just like the glowing reward from ‘Tech Journalist,’ who mentioned, ‘I think that I possess neither the lifetime nor competencies to understand all that’s mentioned therein; nonetheless inside I additionally suspect greatness’.”

ClimateDenierRoundup writes—Climate Contrarian Movement In Europe Looks A Lot Like U.S. Denial: “The most recent is from a bunch of Spanish lecturers, working with UC-Boulder denial skilled Maxwell Boykoff to map out the European Local weather Contrarian Motion. The paper, published just yesterday within the journal Climatic Change, not solely examined which organizations are pushing local weather denial, however then additionally examined their messages. They discovered, regardless of the relatively completely different contexts, European denial appears to be like and sounds fairly just like its American counterpart.” 

PinkistheNewBlue writes—Global Warming – the Past is Our Future:

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(The analysis paper is here.) Previous and future traits in world imply temperature spanning the final 67 million years. Oxygen isotope values in deep-sea benthic foraminifera from sediment cores are a measure of worldwide temperature and ice quantity. Temperature is relative to the 1961-1990 world imply. Knowledge from ice core data of the final 25,000 years illustrate the transition from the final glacial to the present hotter interval, the Holocene. Historic knowledge from 1850 to at this time present the distinct improve after 1950 marking the onset of the Anthropocene. Future projections for world temperature for 3 Consultant Focus Pathways (RCP) eventualities in relation to the benthic deep-sea report recommend that by 2100 the local weather state will likely be akin to the Miocene Local weather Optimum (~16 million years in the past), properly past the edge for nucleating continental ice sheets. If emissions are fixed after 2100 and will not be stabilized earlier than 2250, world local weather by 2300 may enter the hothouse world of the early Eocene (~50 million years in the past) with its a number of world warming occasions and no giant ice sheets on the poles. Credit score: Westerhold et al., CENOGRID

Excessive Climate & Pure Phenomena

Mark Sumner writes—To fight forest fires, we may need … more forests. And much better data about the changing climate: “There may be completely little doubt that the horrendous hearth season within the western half of the USA is immediately attributable to human-caused local weather change, and to not both fairy-tale terrorists or a failure to sweep the forest floors. Intensification of seasons, with shifting rainfall patterns and extremes of temperature, have made for a complete sequence of nightmare occasions within the West over the past decade. And that’s even when there will not be increasingly common thunderstorm blasting the surroundings with tens of hundreds of fire-starting bolts. Nonetheless, simply understanding the foundation explanation for the life-threatening fires doesn’t assist relating to combating them. One thing that might assist: Predictions. Figuring out when fires may begin, the areas which might be most threatened, and reaching higher accuracy in figuring out wildfire dangers would assist to allocate sources, plan budgets, and perceive the place fires are going, not excellent now, however over the approaching years.”

FoundingFatherDAR writes—Gov. Newsom Tours Butte Co. Fire Damage, Unloads About Climate Change and Path Forward:

Homer J writes—They’re evacuating Shaver Lake. The mountaintop is on fire. We knew this day would come: “My household’s world is certainly one of smoke and hearth at this time. Our household has a house down the hill from Shaver Lake, CA close to the bottom of the escarpment of the Excessive Sierra, within the shadow of Black Mountain. Black Mountain is pine forest and it was once inexperienced. However 5 years of drought weakened the timber, killing a few of them. The hotter winters allowed bark beetles – usually dormant in sub-freezing winters – to kill off hundreds of timber out our again window. Two years in the past, Black Mountain turned brown – from useless timber. The entire space above us is a tinderbox.
Yesterday, they closed off Route 168 eastbound, the four-lane highway up the mountain. The closure level is in Prather, a bit greater than a mile from our place. It is closed to all however emergency autos.”

Homer J writes—Creek Fire: We Lost Cressman’s overnight. Our family had to evacuate. The worst may be yet to come: “The Creek Hearth continues to make nationwide headlines. Army chopper pilots and crews have rescued one other 78 individuals at this time who had been trapped on the mountain amid the flames. The have battled thick smoke and hellish terrain, typically attempting repeatedly to land safely. A few of these rescued have sought security wading into lakes and reservoirs. There are nonetheless extra ready and praying for rescue. […] Our household needed to evacuate our house yesterday. Extra on that later. I’m nonetheless attempting to course of the lack of a bit normal retailer that’s been part of the realm for greater than a century, and means lots to me personally. We misplaced Cressman’s Basic Retailer to the hearth final night time. Cressman’s was situated in Pine Ridge, on the 4,000 foot degree, halfway from the underside of the 4 lane highway to Shaver Lake. It had been there since 1904, again when logging was king. Earlier than Shaver and China Peak/Sierra Summit have been resorts, and earlier than PG&E constructed producing stuff at Shaver and Huntington and Edison Lakes, Cressman’s was there.”

Homer J writes—Creek Fire: Smoke blots out sun, temps 30 degrees lower, stories of loss. We may still have a home: “Creek Hearth Replace as of Friday morning: 6% containment. 100,000 gallons of retardant dumped Thursday to carry the road. Winds have been typically calm. The hearth has now consumed 175,000 acres, which equals about 275 sq. miles, or 4 instances the scale of Washington, DC.  The smoke is so heavy up the mountain in the direction of Shaver Lake that the TV crew that went as much as see what was left of Cressman’s yesterday needed to flip again a part of the way in which up the hill this morning. The reporter mentioned it was getting too smoky of their automobile and the air filtration system couldn’t deal with all of it, in order that they went again down the hill to Sierra Excessive College to do their 530am reside shot. In the present day’s heavy smoke will hamper visibility, and that can make combating the hearth by air much more tough this morning, if not unimaginable in some locations.

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lineatus writes—The West Coast is burning. Thoughts? “That is the view to the west from my house in San Francisco.  It’s 10:30 am and appears like twilight.  Automobiles have headlights on.  The sky is the colour of a rusty metal beam, or possibly tea with a splash of milk.  The smoke going previous is from fires a whole lot of miles away in Northern California and Oregon.  Wanting on the satellite tv for pc maps it should most likely proceed for a number of days.  And we’re fortunate — it’s simply the smoke right here, not the precise flames. That may take months to finish. I hope that Biden and/or Harris discuss what’s occurring out right here. You realize that 45 received’t, at the least not in a manner that reveals any real concern for the individuals. We have been lucky that our 90 12 months outdated household cabin, constructed by hubby’s household from scrap lumber throughout the despair, was not misplaced within the Santa Cruz fires a number of weeks in the past.  Much more lucky, our neighbors there — all full-time residents — got here by way of safely. However although our little group was protected (this time) different mates and beloved native companies misplaced their properties within the fires”

Grabber by the Heel writes—Our valley is on fire: “Our Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon is on hearth. Areas of Ashland, all of Phoenix, all of Expertise, and all of Medford are being evacuated. The pastures, pear groves, and wineries are swept with flames and excessive winds, and the native channels 5, 10, 12, all owned by nationwide media conglomerates, are airing America’s Obtained Expertise, Love Island, and What Would you Do?”

ninkasi23 writes—West Coast Fires: Disaster Check In!There are such a lot of devastating fires all all through the Pacific Northwest and California that many people are nervous about fellow kossacks in addition to household & mates. Data is spotty and localized so discovering dependable stuff is essential! I’m right here in Medford OR and we’re okay,thus far. The fires close to us have been horrible Tuesday night time and I get numerous data from Fb and Twitter concerning evacuation alerts in addition to sources. I will likely be placing up hyperlinks as I can and welcome people so as to add essential stuff within the feedback.

Dan Okay writes—Apocalypse San Francisco [Update with Satellite View]: “We get dawn in San Francisco round 1 / 4 to seven as of late. Which is about when the cats get me up (I’m the one  they anticipate to feed them). This morning the cats have been late, and after I regarded out the window I may see why — it was pitch black exterior. For the final couple of days we’ve been ready to have a look at the solar by way of breakfast with out even blinking, as a result of the smoke layer was thick sufficient. This morning, and even now (11:15), we will’t even discover it. What’s occurring is that smoke from a number of fires is accumulating excessive over San Francisco — so at the least our air high quality is OK. However beneath that could be a layer of heavy fog, which got here in final night round 6 and is simply now beginning to break up.”

funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket. A Succession of Smoke: (A photograph diary) “It began quietly sufficient. The lightning that got here by way of on August 17 made little thunder right here the place I reside in Quincy, CA. The sky was merely overcast, no massive cumulonimbus clouds with anvil tops, no gusty winds or rain or hail, no good flashes from lightning bolts. However Mom Nature could be refined in Her look and motion but devastating in Her power and punches.
 

Besame writes—I hate to do this again, but the west coast is burning so let’s have a wildfire check in: “I’ve misplaced observe of all of the fires in California, Oregon, and Washington. It appears like the entire west coast is aflame or darkened by smoke and ash. I do know fires are raging in different states however for the previous day, my focus has been from southeast Washington by way of Oregon to northern California. The Creek Hearth that triggered dramatic helicopter rescues of campers is additional south, as is the hearth began by the ridiculous gender reveal stunt. In Oregon, a hearth began simply north of Ashland and burned up the I-5 hall to Medford however reviews are it has calmed, spared Medford and a few evacuations have been downgraded. One other Oregon hearth east of Eugene (Santiam Hearth) burned down a number of small cities alongside the McKenzie River. There are too many extra fires to record. CalTopo has a real-time map of the fires with wind speed/direction. Huge Sur’s Dolan Fire has info here.

Meteor Blades writes—Smoke and flames engulf West Coast as blazes force evacuation of 12% of Oregon’s population: “The California governor said, ‘We do not have a hearth season anymore. It begins to start with of the 12 months and goes all 12 months round and so it has created, in fact, massive challenges.’ That isn’t Gavin Newsom, the present Democratic governor, speaking. It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the Republican governor in 2008. It didn’t make the relentless local weather science deniers filling the ranks of his social gathering’s elite pleased when he dared blame the state of affairs at the least partly on local weather change. Scientists have no doubt. As apocalyptic wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington, and different Western states burn tens of millions of acres, destroy hundreds of constructions, kill scores of individuals, blanket the air with unhealthy smoke, and pressure the evacuation of dozens of communities, denial has develop into ever much less tenable and the not-so-distant future ever extra worrisome.

Aldous J Pennyfarthing writes—Trump hasn’t tweeted about West Coast wildfires since November, when he tweeted nonsense: “I reside in Oregon. My state is burning. Individuals are dropping their properties and being pressured to evacuate. I’m choking on smoke and God is aware of what else. The place is Donald Trump? Oh, that’s proper. I reside in a blue state. By no means thoughts. So in case you’ve by no means checked out the Trump Twitter archive, I can inform you from expertise that it’s a terrific useful resource […] I do know Trump has no likelihood of profitable Oregon — or California or Washington — so he clearly doesn’t give a shit about what occurs to us. However may he at the least fake to care?” 

Lefty Coaster writes—Trump hasn’t mentioned the Western Wildfire Crisis in over four weeks (because he hates the West): “The final time Mr Trump even talked about the wildfire disaster within the west was August twentieth, when he supplied this ridiculous, infantile recommendation: Trump hits California officials over wildfires: ‘You’ve got to clean your floors’. […]  ‘And I see once more, the forest fires are beginning,’ Trump mentioned. ‘They’re beginning once more in California. And I mentioned, you have to clear your flooring. You have to clear your flooring.’ ‘I have been telling them this now for 3 years, however they do not wish to pay attention,’ he added.”

Lurker within the Darkish writes—Oregon Wildfire Maps: “Needed to supply a pair Map sources to trace measurement, path, and areas impacted by the Wildfires raging in Oregon.  The websites beneath may also be used to trace fires all up and down the west coast in addition to inland states. NASA Satellite Map.  Seems to be correct and updated. Inciweb.  InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident data administration system. Good data, generally gradual to replace because it depends on front-line assessments/updates and God is aware of these people are busy. Both seek for particular incident or state and map will zoom in.  You may as well zoom in/out through the use of the controls on the left hand facet of the display.”

DocLT writes—An update on Monterey bay area CA’s heat wave: “Final week folks within the foothills have been respiration smoke from our Bay Space fires.  So at this time we’ve been respiration their smoke from the Creek Hearth, which is the hearth that triggered Shaver Lake to be evacuated in addition to surrounding over 100 campers at Mammoth Pool reservoir, who required rescue by helicopter.  Our particle rely all day over just about your entire San Francisco Bay space was over 150 ppm > 2.5 microns, which is unhealthy and prone to lead to respiratory signs even for these with out underlying circumstances if uncovered for twenty-four hours. Not like yesterday, there was some temperature reduction on the seashores—not in every single place on the coast however at choose places, abating inside the first mile away from shore.”
 

OCEANS, WATER, DROUGHT

Dan Bacher writes—CA Water Justice, Tribal Advocates Host “Mobilizing for Water Justice” Webinar Series Sept. 14-18: “The organizers of the Advocacy and Water Safety in Native California Audio system Sequence are internet hosting a brand new webinar sequence aimed toward taking motion towards environmental racism and for water justice in California. Humboldt State College Native American Research and Save California Salmon are organizing the ‘Mobilizing for Water Justice in California’ Webinar Sequence on Sept. 14-18 at 3:30 p.m. The sequence will give attention to taking motion for points associated to water diversions and dams on Native lands, water privatization, environmental racism and entry to wash water. Webinars will likely be an hour lengthy and can embody an outline of a water injustice and a possibility to take motion.

Dan Bacher writes—Trump Administration announces public comment period extension for Shasta Dam proposal to October 5: “The Bureau of Reclamation at this time introduced a “digital open” home web site for the controversial Shasta Dam increase proposal EIS, formally often known as the Shasta Lake Water Assets Investigation Draft Supplemental Environmental Impression Assertion: http://www.virtualpublicengagement.com/usbr_shasta/index.html. Moreover, the general public remark interval is prolonged to October 5 to permit extra time for public engagement.Reclamation has been pushing the dam increase proposal for years to ship extra Sacramento River water to the Westlands Water District and different company agribusiness pursuits within the San Joaquin Valley. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, different California Tribes, environmental teams and fishing organizations are opposing the proposal as a result of it might end result within the destruction of imperiled salmon and steelhead populations and end result within the inundation of the remaining sacred cultural websites of the Winnemem Wintu. In an unlimited battle of curiosity David Bernhardt, the Secretary of Inside, is a former lobbyist for the Westlands Water District, the primary proponent of the dam increase proposal.” 

CANDIDATES, STATE AND DC ECO-RELATED POLITICS

poopdogcomedy writes—IA-Sen: Climate Denier Joni Ernst (R) Is About To Face A Reckoning With Iowa Farmers: “Inside Climate News has been doing profiles on the key races this 12 months and the way local weather change has been a difficulty in these races. One of many massive races they’ve been following is the Iowa U.S. Senate race between U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R. IA) and businesswoman Theresa Greenfield (D. IA): The state has been battered by a succession of droughts, floods and heatwaves lately. Then in August, a freakish sequence of hurricane-force “derecho” storms swept throughout the central a part of the state, decimating 10 million acres of crops, or about 40 % of the state’s output. The state’s farmers—largely conservative and proof against the science of local weather change—have needed to settle for that one thing is, certainly, occurring. Ernst, who has repeatedly mentioned she does not consider that human-caused emissions are fueling a warming ambiance, doesn’t join that erratic, damaging climate to local weather change.” 

AGRICULTURE​, FOOD & GARDENS

Missys Brother writes—Saturday Morning Garden Blog – Vol. 16.37: when life gives you tomatoes, make Gazpacho! “Gazpacho is actually certainly one of summer season’s most interesting pleasures in our family. It’s like consuming pure nutritional vitamins straight up as a liquid salad. Gazpacho origins are thought thus far again to the seventh century. Advantages: Regardless of the elements, gazpacho is a wholesome soup wealthy in minerals, antioxidants, fiber and in nutritional vitamins C, A and E. Crimson tomatoes, for instance, are excessive in carotenoids resembling lycopene and beta-carotene, antioxidants that may stop prostate most cancers, hypertension and eye issues. There are actually a whole lot of gazpacho recipes on-line. My partner, P, is initially from Chile (Spanish with a heavy dose of German and Irish thrown into the combo), lived in New York Metropolis for over twenty years and whereas there had a number of Chilean mates. A couple of of them had lived in Spain for years and that is the place our recipe beneath comes from. P is kind of a chef and by no means makes use of recipes or cookbooks. (exception is The Gaijin Cookbook however primarily for inspiration) Additionally every batch of gazpacho is rarely fairly the identical however at all times scrumptious. The three major Spanish elements are tomatoes, inexperienced bell peppers and cucumbers they usually additionally insist on Sherry Vinegar.”

MISCELLANY

paradox writes—Those Far-Left Radicals and Their Electric Engines: “The second main instant change would be the disappearance of gasoline, thank god, the angels, Buddha and Mohammed the fucking inside combustion age is over too. All of our engines—the vehicles, the yard home equipment, the compressors—all of them will very quickly get replaced with electrical engines, we will’t wreck the ambiance for future generations, they deserve the identical surroundings likelihood given to us. What sacrifice us liberals demand from the nation, sure, the radicalism is superb, isn’t it? Exchange one sort of engine with one other, oh my god, you imply the air will at all times be clear? Daily? The bronchial asthma and bronchitis illnesses will vanish from our kids? The Center East will now not have us by the balls? Oh my god, the fear of all of it!”

Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: Orca that lost calf 2 years ago has another; green groups fund Democratic candidates: “Earth Issues is a Each day Kos compendium of great, disturbing, and hideous information briefs in regards to the surroundings. • Sen. Tom Udall reportedly on Biden’s short list for interior secretary: The New Mexico senator introduced final 12 months that he wouldn’t run for a 3rd time period in 2020, however he mentioned on the time he wasn’t retiring from politics. Others—together with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee—are on the record, however sources say Udall is on prime. Six a long time in the past, President John F. Kennedy picked Udall’s father, Stewart Udall, to function inside secretary, and he’s broadly considered as having been exemplary within the put up he held for eight years. Sen. Udall was additionally thought-about for the job in 2013 when Ken Salazar resigned. Sally Jewell was chosen as a substitute.” 

mettle fatigue writes—Closing the loop: UBQ plant in Netherlands converting waste into plastic, wood, concrete substitutes: “UBQ’s patented course of converts landfill-destined family waste right into a sustainable, bio-based thermoplastic materials. This novel composite materials can substitute for standard plastic, wooden and concrete within the manufacturing of hundreds of on a regular basis merchandise. […] Diverting the waste from landfills prevents the emission of methane, groundwater leakage and different toxins. In accordance with Quantis, a number one supplier of environmental impression assessments, each ton of UBQ Materials produced diverts 11.7 tons of CO2 equal, qualifying it as ‘probably the most local weather optimistic thermoplastic materials on the planet’ […] The Netherlands facility is anticipated to provide 70,000 tons of UBQ materials per 12 months for the manufacturing of all the pieces from development items (like pipes, bricks, flooring, roofing and panels) to produce chain logistics (like delivery pallets, bins, crates and show items) and even 3D printing.”