Archive for January, 2013

Positive Is Negative

21 January 2013

Each day brings new bad news about the climate. This news from a German research center–hey, skeptics, nice to know the hoax is global, huh?–announces a positive feedback loop in the Arctic ice: “Melt Ponds Cause Artic Sea Ice to Melt More Rapidly”

Positive feedback loops like this scare the bejeebers out of me since they indicate climate change is speeding up and will likely speed up more. Yippee.

See also the Summit County News version of the German article: Climate: Arctic Ice Melting from ‘the Inside-Out’

Cassandra

No Guilt-Free Lunch

17 January 2013

A local restaurant just put the most delicious salad on its menu–quinoa and kale. The mix sounds rather icky, but it turned out to be plate-licking good. And now I get to feel guilty about eating it.

“Can Vegans Stomach the Unpalatable Truth about Quinoa?”

There is a ray of hope. A few farms grow quinoa here in Colorado. Should I ask about the source or should I just gobble?

Cassandra

Lower Crime: Get the Lead Out?

10 January 2013

George Monboit’s January 7, 2013, op-ed piece presents an unusual theory of crime:
“The Grime Behind the Crime.”

He may be on to something.

Or not.

Either way it’s worth considering.

Cassandra

Spam Spam Spam–and Spelling

9 January 2013

Normally, spam annoys, but sometimes it also amuses. I smiled as I hit delete on this bit of spam posing as a comment:

advertising is of course necessary if you want to reach a lot of costumers for your products.

I love unintentional humor, and this error reminded me of a student essay I read many years ago where an otherwise bright young woman wrote about a revolution started by “angry pheasants.”

Cassandra

Op-ed: Colorado needs to pony up on oil and gas rules

7 January 2013

Summit County Citizens Voice

Setbacks, water quality monitoring needs to err on the side of caution

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Even though Colorado touts clean air and water and healthy lifestyles based on outdoor activities like skiing and hiking, the reality is is far different.

Somehow, government and energy industry spin-meisters have perpetuated a myth of a “clean” natural gas energy boom, but thanks to our almost insatiable thirst for fossil fuels, large parts of the state have been turned into industrial zones. Drill pads, power generators, pumping stations and roads fragmenting forests, sagebrush fields and even residential areas.

Methane leakage from drilling operations is contributing to global warming. Other noxious gases contribute to regional haze and smog, causing serious health problems. At this point, there’s really no telling what’s going on with our groundwater, but every time I hear government and the energy industry say, “don’t worry,” my concern grows, especially as…

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