A great read on how climate change (models project an increase of nine degrees in Australia by the end of the century) is ravaging an entire continent. Author Jeff Goodell quotes economist Tom Schelling—“Global warming is a problem that is going to primarily affect future generations of poor people”—to discourage this belief. Australia’s extremes are already being pushed to the limit—floods, droughts, fires—and should act as a warning to the rest of the world.
The forecast was 60 and rainy, but instead of changing our weekend plans we just brought along an extra change of clothes. Spent another Saturday hiking through the Catskills, making it to the summit of Table Mountain. There was construction on Denning Road, keeping us from the trailhead and adding four extra miles to our hiking distance. This, in addition to the less-than-ideal weather made us take a raincheck on summiting Peekamoose Mountain, just a little over a mile away from the first peak. Next time.
[No mountain range views today, just fog and clouds. Looking up at the rain gods through low visibility]
[The Neversink River running the length of Denning Road, and later zigzagging through the hiking trail]
[Bright, wet leaves on the ground tell us that autumn is in full swing]
[At times the trail would narrow, other times it would widen. There was a lot more bushwhacking on this hike than the last. Kate saying hello on one of the side trails]
Took a day to get out of the city and into the mountains for a rocky climb in the Catskills. Finished the Indian Head loop (blue foot trail to red) of Devil’s Path in five hours. Remnants of the last month’s tropical storms and signs of autumn visible throughout the trail.
The final location has yet to be announced, but The Center, a meant-to-be ghost town soon-to-be built on New Mexico state land will act as a mock city for testing out emerging technology revolving around clean tech and smart systems. The Center is planned to be a 20-square mile replica of an American town of 35,000, acting as a stimulus for investment into the state economy and a real-world site to implement research.
With billions of barrels and trillions of dollars at stake, it’s seemingly every (wo)man/oil company/country for themselves. Infographic taken from London’s The Independent article: melting Arctic sea ice > Shell/Cairn/ExxonMobil/BP/Rosneft v. the environment.
New energy wave (literally) of the future. By 2050, energy harvested from wave and tidal streams in the seas could possibly be lighting our world—producing, as studied by the Carbon Trust and highlighted in New Scientist, three times as much energy as the current output in the UK.
- 500 million birds killed by cats
- 100 million birds killed by flying into glass buildings
- 11 million birds killed by automobiles
- 10 million birds killed by power lines
- 150,000 birds killed by wind turbines
Relative or not, there is a cost that comes with development and trade-offs that come with different types of clean tech. (numbers, national annual averages)
Possible winning mitigation strategy: carbon capture and storage into the ground, mixing injections of CO2 and carbonated water to form carbonic acid, which in turn mineralizes the porous basalt rock into calcium carbonate (limestone). CarbFix to start project in Iceland sometime next month.
Well, I didn’t really have one, but it sure feels like it. As I broaden my job search in the city to open vacancies abroad, I also open up the scope of the blog that I kept this summer while working for the endangered species division of Fish and Wildlife. I’ve decided to call this conservation/conversation, a place to link to interesting articles and scribble down thoughts while I hunt for my next placement.
One of sixteen sunrises that astronauts see from space, taken at the International Space Station. Photo from NASA’s Image of the Day.