priceless. And worthless.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean's plastic trash

quote [ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ? Engineers are deploying a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom is being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ? an island of trash twice the size of Texas. ]

Very challenging project due to the extremely low density of material, not to mention the small particulate size. I would like to see the Asian countries that are now contributing more than 80 percent of new plastic from their rivers, step up and start doing upstream cleanups as well.

Nevertheless, it's a start, and I look forward to the results of this attempt.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+5 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@2:47pmGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 10 September 2018

Florence isn't the only one. There are 3 more hurricanes brewing

quote [ "Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is greater than normal," the National Hurricane Center reported Monday at 11 a.m. "Although Isaac is forecast to begin weakening when it approaches the Lesser Antilles, it is still expected to be at or near hurricane intensity when it reaches the islands."

Winds of tropical storm force could reach Puerto Rico Thursday evening. ]

Full in extended - Not very often that you're better off in in FL rather than NC this time of the year. Batten down the hatches over there.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@8:55pmGMT] [3 comments]

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Let Them Have Playgrounds

quote [ There children could play out of sight, directed by themselves, digging and building elaborate structures as they wished. It was both a subversive and egalitarian act, a semi-secret independent space defying the invaders. ]

Seeing the shoutbox I was digging up that Human Transit article again and somehow ended up finding old bookmarks on architecture. Looks like SE is missing an urban/architecture tag.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@7:54pmGMT] [3 comments]

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Alberta?s War on Rats

quote [ The brown rat is an extremely invasive species?a pest, that survive on human-produced garbage, usually, but often times this nasty rodent will help themselves to food meant for human consumption. Rats also carry disease. Throughout history rodent-borne diseases have caused more human death than any other epidemics on earth. ]

Listen to cats and rough rats war under the window
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:16amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Naked Mole Rat Queens Control Their Subjects By Having Them Eat Poop

quote [ Naked mole rats are intensely social creatures, and poop is a central part of their social lives. ]

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@1:22amGMT] [5 comments]

Sea level rise could put some SDG&E substations at risk, climate study says

quote [ Rising sea levels in the coming decades could leave electricity substations operated by San Diego Gas & Electric in the Mission Bay and San Diego Bay areas vulnerable in the event of once-in-a-century coastal flooding, according to a report that was part of an extensive statewide study released Monday.

It?s the fourth iteration of the assessment ? the last one was issued in 2012 ? and includes 44 technical reports and 13 summary reports. The assessment?s studies were supported by the California Energy Commission and the California Natural Resources Agency. ]

Posted because this is my home - full article in extended (paywall/etc)

Also in extended "When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers"

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3]
[by knumbknutz@12:56amGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 24 August 2018

Big oil asks government to protect its Texas facilities from climate change

quote [ Like other oceanfront projects, this one would protect homes, delicate ecosystems and vital infrastructure, but it also has another priority: to shield some of the crown jewels of the petroleum industry, which is blamed for contributing to global warming and now wants the federal government to build safeguards against the consequences of it. ]

Governments answer: What climate change???

Also in extended - our cal district 50 resident scumbag Duncan Hunter throws his wife under the bus hours after his indictment for campaign fund abuse, and the WH may have blocked a bill in the Senate to protect upcoming elections.

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@3:09pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Are Cities Making Animals Smarter?

quote [ A mysterious wild cat in Sri Lanka may hold a clue. ]

[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Interesting]
[by arrowhen@5:43pmGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 9 August 2018

US invaded by savage tick that sucks animals dry, spawns without mating

quote [ Eight states reporting the little suckers. No evidence they're carrying disease?yet. ]

I feel a tick in my head and he's sucking on my head
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+3 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:02amGMT] [11 comments]

how much water is needed to produce electricity

quote [ In the US and Europe, more than half of the water drawn from nature is used for power generation. This year?s heatwave has forced some of those power plants to shut down. The amount of water needed to produce electricity varies by a huge range: between 0 gallons (for sources like solar and wind) to 60,000 gallons for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity produced (for sources like nuclear and coal).Concentrated solar and geothermal contribute less than 1% of the world?s electricity, whereas coal, natural gas, and nuclear contribute more than 75%. Hydropower uses a lot of water, too: 4,500 gallons per MWh ]

Surprised so many nuclear power plants had to shut down during a heat wave.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by yunnaf@12:22amGMT] [1 comment]

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