Weather or Not category archive
Farron marvels at Donald Trump’s claim that a cleaner environment will somehow harm poor and minority persons.
At the Bangor Daily News, Basav Sen of the Climate Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies outlines the Trump administration’s war on science. A snippet:
Recently, the Department of Energy began referring to natural gas as “freedom gas,” which sounds like something straight out of satire site The Onion. Unintentional humor aside, this choice of terminology resembles the calculated debasement of language by totalitarian states.
Last November, when a report by government scientists contradicted Trump’s position and showed that the United States will suffer devastating consequences from climate change, the president simply declared that reality was irrelevant. “I don’t believe it” was his response.
Will Bunch struggles with Republicans’ crusade against dealing with, or even admitting the reality of, climate change.
Earlier this week I linked to a news report about how sea level rise due to climate change is causing the salinization of farmland. Yesterday brought came a another story about salt-water encroachment in a completely different location. A snippet:
Scientists estimate the age of black gums in an old-growth forest surrounded by Bear Swamp in Cumberland County ranges from 400 to 500 years, making it among the most ancient of trees in the most ancient forest of its kind surviving in the Northeast U.S.
But sea-level rise fueled by warmer oceans and sinking land is pushing saltwater ever closer to the trees, with the potential to kill them in the not-so-distant future.
In related news, my local rag has a long Washington Post article about how sea-level rise and result salt infusion in groundwater is rendering some coastal farmlands infertile.
I know it’s really really cold in parts of the country and I am in no way wishing to minimize that–in face, I’m glad that we’re not in the path of the blast–but this item is, as Zandar is fond of saying, StupidiNews.
Remember, I worked for the railroad for 25 years.
There’s nothing new about railroads’ putting hotpots next to switches to keep switches from icing up. As I write this, it’s -19 Fahrenheits in Chicago. The hotpots would likely be there were it +19 Fahrenheits, if icing were a threat.
The AP should be ashamed of itself.
. . . our local NOAA weather station’s radar is broken (that’s the one linked to over there—->, on the sidebar), and, due to the Trumpian temper tantrum, repairs are blowing in the wind.