Rising demand for air conditioning and refrigeration threatens to make planet hotter and undermine pledges to rein in emissions
It is hard to argue that the hottest places on the planet should forgo AC, when the (so-called) first world uses it so profligately.
Essay by Margaret Atwood.
Of the 28 currently active fires in California, this one truly makes me sad. Only 5% contained and set by arson, it has burned through one of my favorite places on the planet. I’ve been camping in that area around 50 times. It is in the El Dorado National Forest on the Western slope of the Sierra Mountains, North of Yosemite NP and SE of Lake Tahoe.
Now it is official.
This decree allows the Southland to siphon our water for their golf courses while bypassing regulations. Other than that I don’t think the decree has much of a bite.
A series of red flag alerts, usually these are only in September/October; never in mid-Winter.
Filed under scary.
The coastal redwoods are currently undergoing their largest growth spurt in 2500 years. More sun, less fog, an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide…good in the short term, probably bad in the long term.
128 Fahrenheit in Death Valley, 117 in Las Vegas and nearly 120 in Phoenix. Ouch!