Posts filed under ‘The Environment, Weather, Etc.’
I took this photo a few minutes ago of “ice needles” on a Silver Lace vine in the backyard. This, apparently, is hoar frost.
Gawd, better late than never I guess:
25 Years After Exxon Valdez, U.S. Mandates Double-Hulled Oil Tankers
Oil tankers bring about 15 million gallons of oil every day into Washington state. Starting Jan. 1, those ships are required to have double hulls.
The oil-spill prevention measure has been in the works for decades, ever since Capt. Joseph Hazelwood ran the Exxon Valdez onto Alaska’s Bligh Reef in 1989. Eleven million gallons of oil spilled into Prince William Sound, killing thousands of seabirds and sea otters, devastating the region’s fisheries and unleashing action in Washington, D.C.
A year after what was then the nation’s worst oil spill, the U.S. Congress required oil tankers to have double hulls. […] The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 gave ship owners 25 years to phase out their single-hull tankers.
Man oh man, they had an epic snowfall in Buffalo last night. I was looking at some pictures posted to Twitter hastag #BuffaloSnow just now and shazam, this one made me smile but also, wow, just wow!
This landed in my inbox a few minutes ago and…I like it:
The symbol above represents extinction. The circle signifies the planet, while the hourglass inside serves as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. The world is currently undergoing a mass extinction event, and this symbol is intended to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis. Estimates are that somewhere between 30,000 and 140,000 species are becoming extinct every year in what scientists have named the Holocene, or Sixth Mass Extinction. This ongoing process of destruction is being caused by the impact of human activity. Within the next few decades approximately 50% of all species that now exist will have become extinct. Such a catastrophic loss of biodiversity is highly likely to cause widespread ecosystem collapse and consequently render the planet uninhabitable for humans.
In order to spread the message as widely as possible, please create this symbol in any location you feel able to. Thank you.
I’ve always had a thing in my head that said it’s always colder at the North Pole (i.e., the Arctic) than it is in parts to the south. That seemed to be a truism everyone took for granted. But, alas, no more. Look at this temperature prediction map for next Friday, November 14. It’s going to be cold as hell in the central U.S. and warm in the ah, Arctic.
This ain’t right.
Larger version here.
What with Republicans set to take control of the United States Senate next year, the likely new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will be Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, who authored this book:
The timing couldn’t be worse.
I had no idea any ice anywhere on Earth ever got this thick. Ever.