Posts filed under ‘Nature’
I woke up late this morning so I had to scramble to get to the food bank on time and I didn’t think to take a photo of the quarter inch of snow on the grass in the backyard. When I got home though there was still some on the table where the grill is:
Our first snow, on September 12! Yikes. I read somewhere yesterday that if it did snow last night it would be our third earliest ever here in Boulder. So, here we go. (I’m ready.)
Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.
Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that. They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like: In a nutshell: Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:
The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do. That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.
Wow. Via NASA:
As an island in the moist, atmospherically turbulent North Atlantic, Iceland is often shrouded in cloud cover and hard to observe from space. And lately, the island is making some of its own cloud cover, as the Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes and spewed lava and hot gas. The view of the Holuhraun lava field has been spectacular from the ground and from low-flying aircraft. Infrared imaging makes the view spectacular from space, too.
On September 6, 2014, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this view of the ongoing eruption. The false-color images combine shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (OLI bands 6-5-3). Ice and the plume of steam and sulfur dioxide appear cyan and bright blue, while liquid water is navy blue. Bare or rocky ground around the Holuhraun lava field appears in shades of green or brown in this band combination. Fresh lava is bright orange and red.
Wow. It would be indescribably intense to do this, but interesting too. The lava is beautiful. Mesmerizing.
Sam Cossman and George Kourounis guided by volcanic pioneers Geoff Mackely and Brad Ambrose become among the first explorers to step foot inside the worlds most dangerous and inaccessible volcano, Marum Crater. More people have visited the moon than the firey bottom of this spectacular and deadly place.
This gorgeousness from Globe_Pics (Allen, Texas (no date given)) arrived in my Twitter feed this morning. Look at that breathtaking cloud:
CARBON is the first film in the Green World Rising Series.
Take 2:40 minutes out of your day to watch this regarding why the Arctic — the “Soul of the Earth” — should be made a sanctuary: