Epic Photos Expose Mankind’s Uneasy Relationship With Water - http://www.wired.com/2014/04/ed-burtynsky-water/

Photo: Dryland Farming, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain, 2010 Edward Burtynsky | WIRED.com

Epic Photos Expose Mankind’s Uneasy Relationship With Water - http://www.wired.com/2014/04/ed-burtynsky-water/

Photo: Dryland Farming, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain, 2010 Edward Burtynsky | WIRED.com

nbcnews:

Our year of extremes: Did climate change just hit home?
(Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images file)
The dazzling icescape at the top of our planet is mutating into a place that is barely recognizable to those who have studied it for years.
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nbcnews:

Our year of extremes: Did climate change just hit home?

(Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images file)

The dazzling icescape at the top of our planet is mutating into a place that is barely recognizable to those who have studied it for years.

Continue reading

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kqedscience:

Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change
Studying the important partnership between soil and plants may lead to some solutions for the ongoing problems arising from climate change. The East Bay Regional Park District’s Sharol Nelson-Embry highlights a recent panel discussion in San Francisco with local soil scientists and author Kristin Ohlson on carbon sequestration - learn more at KQED Science. 

kqedscience:

Soil Science May Be Important Key to Tackling Climate Change

Studying the important partnership between soil and plants may lead to some solutions for the ongoing problems arising from climate change. The East Bay Regional Park District’s Sharol Nelson-Embry highlights a recent panel discussion in San Francisco with local soil scientists and author Kristin Ohlson on carbon sequestration - learn more at KQED Science

Monkeys and Moral Quandaries
I took this picture at the zoo a couple of years ago. Every time I look at it, I can’t help but think that the monkey on the left looks guilty, like he thinks he doesn’t deserve that nice grooming from his friend.
A while back, I wrote about how I felt a bit guilty using the information we get from the chronofacts for personal use. I mean, we’re basically eavesdropping on people from the future when we listen to these voicemails. Through the chronofacts, we’re somehow now privy to secret knowledge that should have belonged only to the people of the future.
But maybe it doesn’t belong to just them. As the chronofall is nearing its end date, I’m realizing that feeling guilty about any of this doesn’t really help anyone. I don’t know why we’re getting this information. Is it just a random glitch in the technology used in the future? Or is someone intentionally sending the voicemails back in time for us to hear? We really don’t know and I don’t know if we ever will.
If we can use this information to not only better the world, but to better our own lives, why not do it? I’ve decided (for myself anyway) there’s really no reason to feel guilty over receiving something so completely amazing.
If I could, I’d send my own little monkey chronofact back to the zoo on the day I took this picture. I’d tell the little guy, “Just lean back, close your eyes and enjoy that grooming, little monkey. Stop worrying so darn much.”

Monkeys and Moral Quandaries

I took this picture at the zoo a couple of years ago. Every time I look at it, I can’t help but think that the monkey on the left looks guilty, like he thinks he doesn’t deserve that nice grooming from his friend.

A while back, I wrote about how I felt a bit guilty using the information we get from the chronofacts for personal use. I mean, we’re basically eavesdropping on people from the future when we listen to these voicemails. Through the chronofacts, we’re somehow now privy to secret knowledge that should have belonged only to the people of the future.

But maybe it doesn’t belong to just them. As the chronofall is nearing its end date, I’m realizing that feeling guilty about any of this doesn’t really help anyone. I don’t know why we’re getting this information. Is it just a random glitch in the technology used in the future? Or is someone intentionally sending the voicemails back in time for us to hear? We really don’t know and I don’t know if we ever will.

If we can use this information to not only better the world, but to better our own lives, why not do it? I’ve decided (for myself anyway) there’s really no reason to feel guilty over receiving something so completely amazing.

If I could, I’d send my own little monkey chronofact back to the zoo on the day I took this picture. I’d tell the little guy, “Just lean back, close your eyes and enjoy that grooming, little monkey. Stop worrying so darn much.”

birdandmoon:

If climate change were a dude, we’d kick him out of our house.
My arm has been injured so I haven’t been able to make many comics, but I’m recovering. Soon, more animal comics!

birdandmoon:

If climate change were a dude, we’d kick him out of our house.

My arm has been injured so I haven’t been able to make many comics, but I’m recovering. Soon, more animal comics!

birdandmoon:

Forgive the repost, but lots of folks are talking about Obama’s comments on climate change tonight, so I thought I’d add some quotes that I think are pretty impactful.

stateofdrought:

In light of the ongoing drought, state officials have asked Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent. One technique getting more attention these days is recycling so-called graywater. California passed one of the first laws to allow home graywater use — but obstacles have slowed widespread adoption.

Read the full story at californiareport.org.

Will everyone use graywater in the future to water their gardens and landscaping? Sounds like a decent enough idea to me.

The Air We Breathe

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We’ve decoded a few voicemails that give us a peek at what the air we breathe will be like in the future. Take a listen to this timestream of voicemails. People are staying inside for months at a time? Schools are going on lockdown? People are risking their lives to go outside without a mask on? I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty darn scary. Breathing is kinda up there on the list of things important to humans.

Living near Lake Michigan, I know a little something about not-so-good air quality. Unfortunately, some of the industries that keep the local economy going aren’t exactly in the business of producing clean air. It’s a hard thing to balance. For me, it means I need to take my inhaler a little more often than I probably would if I lived somewhere else. I also need to stay indoors when there’s an air quality warning. These voicemails are from what could conceivably be a time that I am still alive. What will this mean for me or other people with asthma or more serious conditions?

Image Credit : dimitri_c

kqedscience:

Rationing the Rain: How California Distributes Its Water in a Drought
“Distributing enough water to everyone has never been an easy task in perennially thirsty California. But making sure that residents, farms and the environment are all sufficiently hydrated becomes a particularly difficult balancing act during prolonged periods of drought. Simply put, there’s just not enough to go around. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner — whose last piece focused on California agriculture — explains the complicated math of water distribution in the Golden State.”

According to this article, the current drought might become the worst California has ever seen. Deciding who gets water is a delicate balancing act. If drier conditions become the norm, which way will the scale tip? Something will have to give, right?

kqedscience:

Rationing the Rain: How California Distributes Its Water in a Drought

Distributing enough water to everyone has never been an easy task in perennially thirsty California. But making sure that residents, farms and the environment are all sufficiently hydrated becomes a particularly difficult balancing act during prolonged periods of drought. Simply put, there’s just not enough to go around. Cartoon journalist Andy Warner — whose last piece focused on California agriculture — explains the complicated math of water distribution in the Golden State.”

According to this article, the current drought might become the worst California has ever seen. Deciding who gets water is a delicate balancing act. If drier conditions become the norm, which way will the scale tip? Something will have to give, right?

Chronofact Shadow

Chronofact Shadow

stateofdrought:

A tag on orange farmer Matt Fisher’s irrigation spigot reads, “No irrigation water is available this year. Illegal use of irrigation water is subject to penalties. Your meter has been sealed.” The Terra Bella Irrigation District says they will charge $10,000 if farmers cut the seal. Some say the price may be worth it to keep their crops alive. Read the full story on how citrus farmers have been impacted by a cold snap this winter, followed by the drought.Photo by Sasha Khokha/KQED

Wow, illegal use of water?
This sounds like something out of one of the future voicemails we’ve been decoding. Remember this one about Border Patrol stops checking for water smugglers near Lake Michigan?

stateofdrought:

A tag on orange farmer Matt Fisher’s irrigation spigot reads, “No irrigation water is available this year. Illegal use of irrigation water is subject to penalties. Your meter has been sealed.” 

The Terra Bella Irrigation District says they will charge $10,000 if farmers cut the seal. Some say the price may be worth it to keep their crops alive. 

Read the full story on how citrus farmers have been impacted by a cold snap this winter, followed by the drought.

Photo by Sasha Khokha/KQED

Wow, illegal use of water?

This sounds like something out of one of the future voicemails we’ve been decoding. Remember this one about Border Patrol stops checking for water smugglers near Lake Michigan?

earthstory:

Beautiful, highly-detailed simulation of the propagation of the tsunami generated after the magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Chile last week. Via the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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solarreviews:

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for more solar energy facts and news stories: SolarReviews on Facebook, and @SolarReviewsCom on Twitter. 

This doesn’t seem possible. Simply because if it is possible, why haven’t we done it yet???

solarreviews:

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for more solar energy facts and news stories: SolarReviews on Facebook, and @SolarReviewsCom on Twitter. 

This doesn’t seem possible. Simply because if it is possible, why haven’t we done it yet???

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