Global warming, or, “holy crap”

  Mother Jones has obtained a copy of the draft  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s 2013 Summary for Policymakers report, and is highlighting five of the most “holy crap” moments from it. While Mother Jones notes that its 95 percent certain humans are behind much of the global warming experienced in the last 60 years (file under “no shit”), the document, as Mother Jones reports, “says, very bluntly, just how bad global warming is going to be. It gives a sense of irreversibility, of scale…and, of direness.” You can read their summary here. It’s worth a look. Meanwhile, earlier this … Continue reading Global warming, or, “holy crap”

The air out there: How Utah is dealing with winter air pollution

Winter pollution in the Wasatch Front — an area of north central Utah — has some of the worst air quality in the country. It’s baffling in a way, since the area is a hub of outdoor splendor. In February, the New York Times explored the issue: For the last few years, the area has been grappling with one of the nation’s most vexing pollution problems, where atmospheric inversions during the winter months lead to a thick fog of dirty air cloaking the region. … According to [Utah’s Division of Air Quality] , Salt Lake County has experienced 22 days this … Continue reading The air out there: How Utah is dealing with winter air pollution

Salmon Watch

Thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, you can watch Sockeye Salmon in Steep Creek, Juneau, Alaska, via an underwater camera. From the Anchorage Daily News: The cam is nearing its peak of the season, with sockeye salmon arriving in large numbers in the middle of July, said U.S. Forest Service fisheries biologist Pete Schneider. “We’re just getting to the prime time,” he said Continue reading Salmon Watch