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January 16th, 2022 - 11:41 pm § in Environment, Misc.

Tonga tsunami in California (video)

A tsunami from a massive underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga on Friday, January 14, 2022, struck the California coast the next day after traveling over 5,000 miles. This wave isn’t water from Tonga, it’s California water. In a tsunami or other wave, the water doesn’t travel, only[...]

January 7th, 2022 - 6:56 pm § in Environment, Misc.

San Diego freeway sea lion

A sea lion was rescued from a San Diego freeway median strip 4 miles inland from the bay on Friday morning, January 7, 2020 (read story here). While wandering sea lions are fairly common in that area, this one really gets around: “This sea lion has a history of adventurous travels, SeaWorld s[...]

December 23rd, 2021 - 12:06 am § in Environment, Misc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Antarctica

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December 22nd, 2021 - 11:07 pm § in Environment

Ruining our national parks

Many of America’s most magnificent tracts of real estate are preserved as national parks and monuments. The crowds have never been bigger. The Covid-19 pandemic drove people denied admittance to theaters, stadiums, and shows into the Great Outdoors. It’s not pretty. “The hey-let’[...]

December 15th, 2021 - 8:48 pm § in Environment

Boom! Sea level could jump 10 feet!

“An Antarctic ice shelf could crack and disintegrate within the next decade, allowing a Florida-sized glacier to slide into the ocean and raising sea levels by feet, scientists warned” on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (read story here). “New research … suggests the final colla[...]

December 14th, 2021 - 10:30 am § in Economics, Environment

When construction lumber should be subsidized

Particle board and other lumber products are a lot more expensive than pre-pandemic, but that’s not why I’m posting about this. California has a wildfire problem, and the world has a climate change problem. A partial — and I emphasize only partial — contribution toward solvin[...]

December 2nd, 2021 - 9:51 pm § in Environment

America’s power grid is unready for climate change

Expect power outages to happen more frequently. With Enron not around anymore taking electricity customers hostage, most outages are caused by weather events, which are becoming more frequent and extreme due to climate change. America’s power grid isn’t prepared for that. Weather takes o[...]

November 27th, 2021 - 1:44 am § in Environment, Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics

Arizona GOP sues to keep out climate change

Faced with irrefutable proof of climate change — the proof of their own eyes — Republicans no longer deny it’s happening. Now, their battle has shifted to keeping it out of their states. By preventing people from elsewhere bringing it with them. For example, when the Arizona attorn[...]

November 22nd, 2021 - 1:13 am § in America, China, Environment, Politics

Major cities hire “chief heat officers”

Here in Seattle, we sweltered through prolonged 100-degree-plus heat last summer, and I began joking to friends about buying Arctic beachfront property while it’s available. The warming Arctic is no joke, though. Seattle isn’t one of the cities hiring “chief heat officers” &#[...]

November 17th, 2021 - 2:30 pm § in Environment

Western Washington floods: Bad for people, good for fish

Battered by super-wet “atmospheric rivers” coming in from the Pacific Ocean, western Washington is once again dealing with overflowing rivers, flooded streets and homes, and people needing rescue. More or less happens every winter, although it’s unusually severe this time, because [...]