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jotting down notes in my search for (green) hope and awe in an otherwise jaded world

twitter.com/jmckizzle:

    "It’s cold. Al Gore told me this wouldn’t happen."
    Ted Cruz, speaking about energy policy during an event on Monday at the Conservative Policy Summit.  (via officialssay)
    — 1 day ago with 508 notes
    #oy with the poodles already  #ted cruz  #climate change  #energy  #republicans  #politics  #america  #al gore 
    newyorker:

Evan Osnos travels to West Virginia to investigate the recent chemical spill that left hundreds of thousands of residents without access to water, and looks at the coal industry’s political influence in the state: http://nyr.kr/1pxUQaf
Photo Illustration by Spruce.

    newyorker:

    Evan Osnos travels to West Virginia to investigate the recent chemical spill that left hundreds of thousands of residents without access to water, and looks at the coal industry’s political influence in the state: http://nyr.kr/1pxUQaf

    Photo Illustration by Spruce.

    (Source: newyorker.com)

    — 1 week ago with 209 notes
    #coal  #politics  #pollution  #new yorker  #america  #west virginia  #energy  #water 
    Bill would allow states to regulate endangered species →

    Ergo, states could opt out of the Endangered Species Act. 

    Please contact your local representative, or any representative, to voice outrage and opposition to this decision

    — 3 weeks ago
    #obama  #house  #congress  #senate  #legislature  #america  #endangered species  #environment  #activism  #conservation  #action 
    mothernaturenetwork:

How much radiation from Fukushima will hit the West Coast?Scientists are using crowdsourcing to test the water along the Pacific Coast of North America, a project that could predict future risks.

    mothernaturenetwork:

    How much radiation from Fukushima will hit the West Coast?
    Scientists are using crowdsourcing to test the water along the Pacific Coast of North America, a project that could predict future risks.

    — 1 month ago with 76 notes
    #radiation  #pollution  #oceans  #water pollution  #innovation  #crowdsourcing  #research 

    Why land is the only thing worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for. Because it’s the only thing that lasts.

    (Source: yocalio, via modernscarlett)

    — 1 month ago with 1794 notes
    #land  #film  #nature  #quotes 
    Weekend Longread

    newyorker:

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    This weekend, read John McPhee’s 1987 piece, “Atchafalaya,” on the Herculean effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to control the flow of the Mississippi River, the fourth-longest river in the world: http://nyr.kr/19liopS

    (Source: newyorker.com)

    — 1 month ago with 37 notes
    #water  #engineering  #infrastructure  #newyorker  #to read  #longreads  #mississippi river  #army corps 
    "Climate change is a fact."
    The freakin’ President of the United Sates, finally, in the State of the Union (via jtotheizzoe) Thank you Obama
    — 2 months ago with 1967 notes
    #obama  #climate change  #environment  #politics  #sotu  #veritas 
    newsweek:

In LA, we know our region cycles between El Niño years and drought years, but we don’t have many bone-dry years. Right now is the driest the region has been in 163 years of formal record keeping. It’s also probably the driest it’s been in 500 years, and a sign of LA’s bleak future.
The word “drought” has lost all meaning to us though. Our utilities have done a brilliant job of keeping us comfortable, with plentiful running water, while every part of our region without plumbing wilts to a crisp. Talk to older Southern Californians and they’ll throw up finger quotes when they use the word “drought.”
They’ll blame politicians and environmentalists for droughts as though they control the weather. In Sacramento, there’s so much finger-pointing and leftover bitterness from the last drought, or the one before, or the one before that, that we forget to notice that our hills are on fire, bears are wandering into our cities, our air is toxic, and some of our unique flora and fauna face extinction in months, not years.
(via Los Angeles Is Finally Starting to Run Out of Water | VICE United States)

    newsweek:

    In LA, we know our region cycles between El Niño years and drought years, but we don’t have many bone-dry years. Right now is the driest the region has been in 163 years of formal record keeping. It’s also probably the driest it’s been in 500 years, and a sign of LA’s bleak future.

    The word “drought” has lost all meaning to us though. Our utilities have done a brilliant job of keeping us comfortable, with plentiful running water, while every part of our region without plumbing wilts to a crisp. Talk to older Southern Californians and they’ll throw up finger quotes when they use the word “drought.”

    They’ll blame politicians and environmentalists for droughts as though they control the weather. In Sacramento, there’s so much finger-pointing and leftover bitterness from the last drought, or the one before, or the one before that, that we forget to notice that our hills are on fire, bears are wandering into our cities, our air is toxic, and some of our unique flora and fauna face extinction in months, not years.

    (via Los Angeles Is Finally Starting to Run Out of Water | VICE United States)

    — 2 months ago with 179 notes
    #water  #security  #america  #environment  #@los angelos  #vice  #climate change 
    Without Winter Freezes, Mangroves Are Marching North, Scientists Say →

    “I don’t like to think about it, quite frankly,” he said. “It’s a little scary.”

    — 3 months ago with 1 note
    #climate change  #nytimes  #environment  #mangroves  #forests  #ecosystems  #oceans  #bad news  #2014 
    "Scientists predict that by the end of this century, the sea will have risen by almost a full meter on average."
    Secretary Kerry on climate change while in Vietnam, December 15, 2013 (via statedept)

    (Source: state.gov, via statedept)

    — 4 months ago with 97 notes
    #truth  #serious  #timetoact  #climate change  #energy  #america  #pollution 

    mothernaturenetwork:

    7 deserts that used to be verdant fields and forests
    A lot can happen in a few thousand years. Check out these global desert hot spots that used to be lush, green environments.             

    — 5 months ago with 79 notes
    #desertification  #climate change  #environment  #deserts