Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

July 13th, 2024 - 4:31 am § in Business, Donald Trump, Environment, Politics, Republicans

Project 2025 promotes pollution, ignores climate change

Project 2025, an ultra-conservative blueprint that anticipates Trump will be elected in 2024, looks like it was written by oil industry lobbyists. It “calls for the elimination of multiple energy- and environment-related offices and rules,” The Hill says, and would put political appointe[...]

July 5th, 2024 - 3:33 am § in Environment, Politics, Republicans

GOP’s Project 2025 slashes veterans benefits

Project 2025 (details here), a brainwave of the rightwing Heritage Foundation (profiled here), is a blueprint for sweeping changes to the federal government. Raw Story, a progressive news website, says it would “plunder” veterans benefits (read story here). The original source material ([...]

July 4th, 2024 - 4:56 pm § in Environment, Science

10 earthquakes in 2 days near Vancouver Island

Is the Cascadian fault shifting? There have been “10 earthquakes of at least 4.0 magnitude in the waters west of Puget Sound in the past 24 hours,” including a 4.4 quake yesterday and a 5.7 quake this morning, a Seattle TV station reported on Thursday, July 4, 2024 (read story here). All[...]

June 23rd, 2024 - 1:46 pm § in Environment, Science

Washington’s dangerous mountain

Building communities on top of old mudflows (photo below) was never a good idea. But the housing was needed, so permitting officials allowed it; and there was money to be made, so developers build it. If the mountain abruptly erupts, many people will die (read story here). But it’s closely mon[...]

June 20th, 2024 - 2:26 am § in Environment

PHOTOGRAPHY: What climate change?

This is just weather and practicing for sea level rise. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

June 13th, 2024 - 12:00 am § in Environment, Politics

Florida’s social contract with climate change

Opinion by the Miami Herald Editorial Board, June 12, 2024: “It’s like an unspoken social contract. When people choose to live in South Florida, they must make peace with the possibility that, thanks to hurricanes, there will be flooding and they may incur thousands of dollars to fix their h[...]

May 24th, 2024 - 1:43 am § in Environment, Health, Law and Courts, Politics

RFK Jr. is lying about the pandemic

In his early days Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (photo, left) struggled with drugs and initially failed the New York bar exam, but then bootstrapped himself to a highly successful environmental law career, much of it working for nonprofits and teaching law students (read his bio here). I’ve attended e[...]

May 21st, 2024 - 7:14 pm § in Economics, Environment

Why Washington’s natural gas law won’t save the planet

New restrictions on natural gas use in Washington State were signed into law by Gov. Jay Inlsee in April 2024 (see story here). Democrats, Republicans, progressives, and the building trades council (a mouthpiece for developers) disagree on what the law means. It’s confusing, because after fail[...]

May 15th, 2024 - 2:44 am § in Environment

2023 was hot Hot HOT

Scientists use tree rings, ice cores, and coral reefs to reconstruct Earth’s climate history because they act as time capsules. A tree-ring study published in Nature, a scientific journal, on May 14, 2024, concluded 2023 was the warmest year in “at least” 2,000 years (read CNN stor[...]

May 5th, 2024 - 11:55 am § in Environment

Map: Where cicadas will strike next

(Click on map to enlarge; see story here.) As a side note, will South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem name her next dog “Cicada” before shooting it? (If you haven’t heard about her dog Cricket, go here.) Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]