Spotlight on inexperienced information & perspectives: Acid oceans threaten extinction; hawk raised via eagles

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CRITTERS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Zebra Longwing — Heliconius charithonia

PHScott writes—The Daily Bucket: Butterflies! “So a couple of Zebra Longwings, a Sleepy Orange Sulfur and a Giant Swallowtail flew into my backyard. They are running at the aster referred to as Smallanthus. S wrote approximately this perennial ultimate yr. That bucket has lovely flower footage. There’s additionally any other plant being visited — Hyptis – aka Clustered Bushmint – that towers over the A-F’ Smallanthus. Well, it is taller than me while it ain’t leaning over or down at the floor. There’s a continuing barrage of seedlings and 2d yr crops in a position to take over if a gap clears.  […] The Sleepy Orange Sulfur is a brand new one on me even tho they’re not unusual.  It’s small and misplaced within the foliage, plus S can not get very just about them. As it used to be, S were given bit through the socks by way of mosquitos whilst status there at the trail gazing, ready and focusing for H mins. When S labored through ahead of, O used to be dressed in large rubber boots.

ban nock writes—Grizzly Bear To Be Protected Forever: “Today is the day while the grizzly undergo within the Yellowstone ecoregion because it’s referred to as, is formally now not indexed beneath the Endangered Species Act. Of direction it and all massive mammals all the time have the protections of the Endangered Species Act and this variation of list doesn’t even amendment who manages the species at the floor. The states of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, were dealing with the species for years. Fund elevating teams steadily say “protections to be lifted from bears!!!” and that’s merely now not actual, they’re nonetheless absolutely safe, from endangerment and threats, all that’s other is their record and the principles that accompany the record. Scientists take a look at populations, now not people, clinical scientists that may be.”

ban nock writes—Obama Administration Midwest Wolf Delisting Vacated: “In no wonder to somebody a US courtroom of appeals in Washington DC dominated that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) hadn’t correctly accounted for the affects of partial delisting and of ancient vary loss to the grey wolf. www.upi.com/… This is identical reasoning as used to be given for Wyoming which in reality gained delisting on attraction (other courtroom). From reminiscence the unique legality of the ruling used to be lovely just right. The concept is that because the Endangered Species Act now reads a species needs to be restored to it’s whole ancient vary for delisting to happen. The ancient vary comprises each and every state and each and every town within the usa. Suburbs, megalopolises, all over. Of direction the truth is that it is easy to’t have wolves roaming the streets of prime metro spaces and that used to be by no means the cause of restoring remoted populations. When the decrease courtroom first made this ruling so much wolf researchers reacted with consternation because the ruling overlooked the most obvious clinical undeniable fact that wolves have been lengthy due to the fact recovered within the puts the place the motive used to be to have a wolf inhabitants. Wolf numbers within the midwest are within the hundreds and there are such a large amount of that inhabitants estimates are in decline in a few puts because the dogs have over eaten their prey base.

matching mole writes—Dawn Chorus: Hawk Raised through Eagles: “Greetings Chorusers! This is a brief diary a few fairly exceptional adventure that befell prior to now couple of months.  I pink-tailed hawk chick used to be reared and effectively fledged from a bald eagle nest. The nest is in Sidney, BC which is simply out of doors of Victoria on southern Vancouver Island.  There are a large number of Bald Eagles in that a part of the arena.  This adventure has been completely documented and S have embedded a host of youtube movies published by way of Sasse images.  S targeted at the shorter movies, there are a few very lengthy ones if you wish to spend extra time observing this spread. The glaring query is: how did this occur?  There are  hypotheses.  The in all probability is that the chick used to be introduced again to the nest by way of one of the most figure eagles as meals for the eagle chicks however then it someway switched standing from dinner to circle of relatives member.”

owktree writes—Daily Bucket: Mirror Alphabet – “T”: Photo Diary.

owktree writes—Daily Bucket: Tidbits from Western New York: “Some footage from traveling western New York throughout the week of July 4th.  I brief commute to Letchworth State Park has gotten its personal diary so this files putting round my brother’s position and in addition a brief hike to gather mushrooms plus a discuss with to a couple of wineries to the southeast.

CLIMATE CHAOS

Pakalolo writes—Despite heavy snowstorm in Greenland,soften hurries up. Brown carbon guidelines planet’s radiation stability: “The Arctic is warming two times as rapid as the remainder of the arena and in Greenland, that is the 2d biggest bite of ice in the world, warming on my own can’t give an explanation for the serious erosion of it’s ice cap.  There is now a certain development of unseasonably heat summers and winters. Microbes and algae, which develop at the rainy floor from early snow melting, 24 hour solar and lot’s of liquid water at the ice sheet, produce colours that spice up absorption of solar power. Soot and mud from our fossil gas emissions and local weather amendment more advantageous grass and wooded area fires that blow from decrease latitudes and darken the ice play a task, as do adjustments in climate styles that increasingly more steer heat, wet air over the susceptible ice. Andrea Thompson of Climate Central studies on 2017 summer time snow fall. While there have been a few bouts of melting in advance in the summertime, the elements has because shifted. In contemporary weeks, summer time snows have crowned up that already strangely top snow load. Right now, the ice sheet’s floor has approximately B.T occasions the volume of mass than standard; on the comparable aspect in 2012, it had B.T occasions not up to commonplace, Box stated.

jamess writes—Al Gore Spotlights the Road-Blocks in advance …”The love of cash, is the basis of all chaos. Good factor the ones days are over, eh?   Where lobbyists, and planned dis-knowledge, and the structural catering to the tremendous-wealthy — are all issues of the previous … Finally, Humanity could make that Quantum Leap, that we’ve been prime as much as for hundreds of years … If most effective first, we care for a ‘few issues’ … ‘In Tennessee we’ve an expression: ‘If you spot a turtle on most sensible of a fence publish, you’ll be able to be lovely positive it didn’t get there on its own.’ And for those who see those ranges of local weather denial, you’ll be able to be lovely positive it didn’t simply unfold itself. The massive carbon polluters have spent among $1bn and $2bn spreading fake doubt. Do you realize the guide, Merchants of Doubt?  It files how the tobacco business discredited the consensus on cigarette smoking and most cancers by way of developing doubt, and presentations the way it’s associated with the local weather denial motion. They employed a number of the comparable PR companies and one of the most similar assume tanks. And, actually, a few of people who paintings on local weather amendment denial in fact nonetheless dispute the hyperlinks among cigarette smoking and lung most cancers.’

Mokurai writes—What do O say to those that deny international warming? “S used to be requested that on Quora, and started my reaction this manner: You can inform them that it now not issues what they consider. Here is the remainder of the query. My family member is a some distance proper Republican who adamantly denies international warming. He cites a few proven fact that the web international temperature hasn’t modified within the ultimate two decades. Well, alt-reality. Without the supply, O can not debunk this declare correctly, however in reality we will be able to simply forget about it, as A will give an explanation for. A have stated this stuff prior to, however they undergo repeating in a single position. You can inform them that it now not issues what they consider, as a result of renewable power is less expensive than coal, and we’re ultimate in on oil and herbal fuel. Of Two Global Warming Debates, One is Over The global handed Peak Coal in 2013, as first cited by way of Goldman-Sachs, no den of tree-huggers. Coal has been in serious decline, with large bankruptcies and cancellations of plant and port development around the globe. It can best worsen for the business, like candles and whale oil and draft horses and the proverbial buggy-whip makers ahead of them.

Extreme Weather & Natural Phenomena

DarkSyde writes—The warmth is actually on: “As if the wasteland southwest wanted extra warmth presently of yr, right here’s a cheery remark: This yr’s sizzling summer time occasions, like warmth waves rolling thru southern Europe and temperatures nearing one hundred thirty levels Fahrenheit in Pakistan, are a part of this broader development. The chart above, according to knowledge from James Hansen, a retired NASA local weather scientist and professor at Columbia University, presentations how summer time temperatures have shifted towards extra excessive warmth over the last a couple of many years. … Practically, that suggests so much summers at the moment are both scorching or extraordinarily scorching in comparison with the mid-twentieth century.”

OCEANS, WATER, DROUGHT

Dan Bacher writes—California DFW problems allow to kill endangered salmon & smelt in Delta Tunnels: “The challenge of the CDFW “is to regulate California’s numerous fish, flora and fauna, and plant tools, and the habitats upon which they rely, for his or her ecological values and for his or her use and delight through the general public.” However, in an obvious violation of its challenge, the allow lets in the challenge to kill state-indexed species, together with Sacramento River spring and wintry weather-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt and different fish species, throughout the development and operation of the 2 large 35 mile lengthy tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. ‘Issuance of this allow represents any other vital milestone within the WaterFix making plans procedure,’ proclaimed the statement concerning the allow at the California WaterFix website online. ‘As defined within the allow software, WaterFix will enforce measures for development and operation of the challenge to completely mitigate the affects of any incidental take of state-indexed species, and can supply further coverage thru actual-time operation of the amenities in a fashion that avoids and minimizes incidental take’.”

Dan Bacher writes—Big Oil spent $10.H million ultimate quarter to cross Jerry Brown’s cap-and-industry invoice: “State officers and the mainstream media depicted the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-industry invoice final month as a “ancient local weather victory,” however over sixty five environmental justice, conservation and public hobby companies slammed the invoice as a result of the devastating have an effect on it’s going to have on entrance line groups, the folk of California and our air and water. The lobbying bills through the oil business in the second one quarter of 2017 found out how pressing the business felt it used to be to cross the invoice, AB 398, that used to be in accordance with a Big Oil desire listing. Chevron, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and Tesoro took the highest 3 spots for lobbying bills  among April B and June 30, 2017, consistent with knowledge filed with the California Secretary of State. The teams stated they spent the cash to foyer for AB 398, at the side of lobbying for and towards different law. The San Ramon-primarily based Chevron and subsidiaries crowned all different lobbyists with $S,153,952 spent, adopted via the Sacramento-primarily based WSPA with $T,528,751 and San Antonio-primarily based Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co. LLC with $T,193.489. (cal-get right of entry to.sos.ca.gov/…) That’s a complete of $10,876,192 — in only one quarter!”

CANDIDATES, STATE AND DC ECO-RELATED POLITICS​

Kerry Eleveld writes—New team goals to do for scientists what Emily’s List did for feminine applicants: “Breast most cancers researcher Shaughnessy Naughton ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Pennsylvania in each 2014 and 2016. Now, she’s were given a brand new project: Helping scientists like herself get elected within the age of faux information and rampant denialism. Naughton based the Pi-impressed workforce 314 Action and it’s beginning to pay dividends, write sMother Jones’ Tim Murphy: The applicants additionally come with a volcanologist who’s concerned that her favourite analysis spot can be spread out for construction; an aerospace engineer who’s operating towards the local weather-denying head of the House Science Committee; a pediatrician who spends a part of the yr treating leprosy sufferers in Vietnam; and a physicist who concerns what finances cuts may imply to the federal analysis facility the place she spent her profession. All advised, greater than a dozen Democratic applicants with technology backgrounds have introduced their candidacies for Congress or are anticipated to within the coming months.

ENERGY

Fossil Fuels

Karen Feridun writes—Pennsylvania Needs a Ban on Fracking, Not a Severance Tax:The severance tax on shale fuel extraction is at the desk in Pennsylvania … once more. Only this time, it has an opportunity of passing. The state Senate has already voted for the cheap that features a small severance tax in change for the gutting of the DEP’s authority over shale fuel construction. (DEP, it will be so much more uncomplicated to shield you for those who’d if truth be told paintings in the most productive pastime of the general public and the surroundings as soon as in a whilst. See Mariner East T. See Auditor General’s record. See mistaken air high quality have a look at. See fracking waste landfill data. See unexplained drop of $H.nine million high-quality. See water infection data. See the Woodlands. See the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.) The House has but to vote at the tax. They’ve usually been extra immune to a severance tax than the Senate has been, so it’s most certainly simply to make some degree that an alternate has been presented as a part of a ‘People’s Budget,’ SB 566, a severance tax with ‘no strings hooked up’.

Mary Anne Hitt writes—Scott Pruitt Must Not Delay Critical Water Toxics Standards for Coal Plants: “This week, O used to be venerated to face in Washington, E.A., along group and environmental leaders from 10 states to oppose Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt’s proceeding efforts to weaken  blank water protections towards coal plant air pollution. We began the day with a press convention on the National Press Club, the place S referred to as on Trump and Pruitt to ‘prevent pandering to polluters with deep wallet and do their process of shielding native water provides from commercial coal sludge that may be spewing out of energy crops throughout our united states of america.’ We then moved to EPA headquarters for a public listening to, which used to be ruled through individuals who antagonistic the weakening the protections. According to the EPA, coal-fired energy crops are the unmarried largest supply of poisonous water air pollution on this united states of america, greater than all different commercial resources mixed. Every yr they unlock hundreds of thousands of kilos of poisonous metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury into our streams, rivers, and lakes. This poses an actual and provide risk to tens of millions of Americans, as a result of those pollutants are associated with well being issues starting from most cancers to start defects, and just about forty % of all coal crops sell off their poisonous wastewater inside of 5 miles of a downstream group’s consuming water consumption.

Michael T. Klare by the use of TomDispatch writes—Spreading the Cult of Carbon: “To spread the chant of fossil fuels, Trump has transform the country’s carbon-pusher in leader. He’s already for my part engaged in power international relations, at the same time as hard that more than a few cupboard officers make oil, fuel, and coal exports a concern. On June twenty ninth, as an example, he publicly ordered the Treasury Department to get rid of ‘limitations to the financing of extremely environment friendly out of the country coal power crops.’ In the similar speech, he noted his want to provide American coal to Ukraine, recently bring to a halt from Russian herbal fuel way to its ongoing war with that u . s . a .. ‘Ukraine already tells us they want hundreds of thousands and tens of millions of metric lots [of coal]presently,’ Trump stated, mentioning that there are lots of different nations in a equivalent state, ‘and we need to promote it to them, and to everybody else in all places the globe who wishes it.’ He brought, ‘We are a most sensible manufacturer of petroleum and the quantity-one manufacturer of herbal fuel. We have so a lot more than we ever idea imaginable, and we’re going to be an exporter… We will export American power in all places the arena, all over the globe’.”

charliehall2 writes—Our insane fixation on fossil gas construction will provide Trump a large victory: “S disaster could also be approximately to occur in Virginia. Lt. Governor Ralph Northam gained a hotly contested number one for Virginia Governor over former congressman Tom Perriello, who has counseled Northam within the basic election. The race is the absolute so much top visibility within the usa this yr as a Democrat is strongly liked to win the Governor’s race in New Jersey and Bill De Blasio seems like a very easy re-opt for in New York City. […] And the nutty some distance left goes all out to wreck Northam over a subject matter that is not even a state factor: Gas pipeline development. The Washington Post has a tale in this: Basically, Dominion Energy, which owns Virginia’s biggest electrical and fuel application, needs to construct a pipeline to raised serve its consumers and probably to permit extra fuel slightly than coal for use to generate electrical energy and to export herbal fuel to markets in another country. There aren’t any negatives on this! Replacing coal with fuel as an electrical energy era gas is all just right, and pipelines are the one protected and financial method to shipping the gas. The choice on this a part of the United States is coal and we will have to be approach past desiring to speak about why coal is one hundred% dangerous.”

Emissions Controls & Carbon Taxes

Meteor Blades writes—Court provides some other kick to Trump regime over delaying methane discounts, however battle is not over: “In a ruling issued Monday, a 3-pass judgement on panel of the G.I. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia smacked the Environmental Protection Agency once more, requiring that it in an instant start implementing an Obama management rule that set requirements for the oil and herbal fuel business’s methane emissions. The Trump regime had issued a -yr prolong for implementing the guideline. Although environmental advocates have been happy through the courtroom’s determination, business and a few conservative companies have appealed to the whole eleven-pass judgement on circuit courtroom in hopes it is going to overrule the panel and make allowance the methane rule to be postponed whilst additional research are undertaken. Thus, the struggle will proceed.

Lefty Coaster writes—DC Appeals Court regulations EPA will have to put in force new Methane air pollution rule: “S federal courtroom informed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to put in force an Obama management methane air pollution rule. The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit got here after the judges gave the company a -week reprieve from its ruling in advance in July that the EPA broke the regulation while it attempted to prolong enforcement in advance. Despite the reprieve, the Trump management has now not requested for all of the eleven-pass judgement on courtroom to rehear its case, the usual subsequent step for interesting a ruling for a 3-pass judgement on panel.”

Renewables, Efficiency & Conservation

Michael Brune writes—Full Speed Ahead in California: “Remember President Trump’s first talk over with to California? Probably now not, as a result of Air Force One has slightly been west of the Mississippi. Not as soon as has Trump set foot in California, even if he owns a superbly just right golfing path in Los Angeles County. What’s he fearful of? Massive protests and withering public scorn from a state that he misplaced via greater than F million votes and has performed his best possible to alienate ever considering the fact that? If so, he’s erroneous. Donald Trump will have to be thankful to California. As somebody with no interest in accountable governance (or accountable anything else, for that topic), he will have to delight in that California has actual leaders doing actual paintings on fixing actual issues. Somebody has to do it, proper? At least, because the failing increasingly more winning New York Times placed it in an op-ed final week, ‘till there are extra accountable adults within the White House.’ Realistically, Californians shouldn’t be expecting a thanks observe from the White House every time quickly. The remainder of us, despite the fact that, will have to be now not handiest  thankful but in addition inspired through what’s taking place in California. The state has been pushing the envelope on blank power and local weather motion for greater than a decade, and Trump’s election has impressed its leaders to push even more difficult—with actual effects.”

REGULATIONS & PROTECTIONS

Walter Einenkel writes—Top EPA authentic resigns and slams Pruitt, Trump: ‘The fact is there’s NO conflict on coal’: “While EPA head Scott Pruitt “reorganizes” the Environmental Protection Agency by way of shifting price range clear of exact technology systems to fund his personal private safety drive and working out how you can flip the company into a local weather denial propaganda device, critical individuals are discovering themselves and not using a different choice however to go away. Meet Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Southland labored on the EPA for the ultimate 30 years. Ms. Southland has made up our minds to go away and she wrote a scathing go out letter that has surfaced and is stated on through The Hill. In the letter, Southland talks approximately the good stuff the EPA has performed all the way through her profession within the hopes of shielding our air and water from air pollution.—now not completely or temporarily, clearly, however all the time shifting in the suitable path.

WILDERNESS, NATIONAL FORESTS AND PARKS, OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

Gabe Ortiz writes—CBP would possibly rapid-monitor a 3-mile bite of wall immediately thru a Texas flora and fauna safe haven: “Donald Trump’s border wall that Mexico won’t ever pay for gained’t do shit to prevent the unlawful border crossings which might be if truth be told already at a report low thank you largely to the paintings of his predecessor. But consistent with a G.A. Fish and Wildlife Service reliable, Customs and Border Protection the federal government ‘has been quietly making ready a website to construct a just about O-mile border barrier during the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge,’ a plan that stands to chop directly thru a wildcat safe haven and “one of the final surviving stands of sabal palm timber in South Texas”: O wall slicing during the safe haven may just do critical environmental injury, Chapman stated, undermining the rationale Congress appropriated cash to shop for the land within the first position. But underneath a 2005 regulation, the Department of Homeland Security can waive any environmental laws that might generally obstruct development in a delicate flora and fauna space.

AGRICULTURE​, FOOD & GARDENING

RhodeIslandAspie writes—Alt-proper Non-scientist Is Trump’s Choice To Be Top Scientist at USDA: “According to CNN, Trump has picked but any other extremist for crucial management place, specifically, most sensible scientist on the USDA. According to the thing, he has no qualifications in any way for the task, different being as much as his neck in a long way proper politics. According to the CNN piece, he has maintained a now-defunct weblog for years during which he accused progressives of “enslaving” minorities, referred to as black leaders “race investors,” and categorized former President Barack Obama a “Maoist” with “communist” roots. Politico additionally contains a devastating piece approximately him, even if they don’t noticed to care so much concerning the hate mongering and like to be aware of his whole loss of qualifications for the task.”

TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

PeninsulaProgCHS writes—Why We Fight for Better Transit in Charleston, SC & the Lowcountry: “Charleston, SC- 102 Million Dollars of your Transit Funding will have been diverted, deferred, or one thing else. The distinction doesn’t topic so much if you end up status within the rain looking ahead to a CARTA bus which comes as soon as an hour. O understand that is lengthy, however on the grounds that A overlooked an afternoon on the seashore to write down it, should you care, you will have to learn it. You’ll be performed sooner than the bus arrives. If you’re ready on a bus to take you to an area seashore, you’ll be able to end War and Peace as smartly. […] Bus carrier within the Lowcountry has been so dangerous for see you later that riders care approximately little greater than wether or now not the bus comes on time, a vital factor while many routes run most effective as soon as an hour and your hours are handiest value H or nine greenbacks each and every on your organisation. Many transit riders right here spend eleven to twelve hours an afternoon on their task and transit trip. If they get a whole shift, that’s H hours. The relax is spent ready at stops and crawling thru visitors. If the grimy water doesn’t get too deep operating around the rubber mats overlaying the ground to empty out of the doorways, they don’t in reality care. They simply need to get house.

MISCELLANY

Walter Einenkel writes—It seems that Foxconn’s deal comprises billions in tax breaks and large environmental regulation waivers: “When unpopular President Donald Trump isn’t fabricating congratulatory telephone calls he’s won from Steve Bannon maintaining a handkerchief over the telephone the Boy Scouts, he’s looking to tout the large $10 billion funding in Wisconsin being made through Tawanese electronics large Foxconn. That’s a large deal. A marvel how they made it occur? With ‘incentives’ in fact. […]  The Taiwanese corporate would require an array of air and water air pollution lets in, starting from prescribed limits on smokestacks to the development of inexperienced infrastructure to retaining rain from washing off a B,000-acre campus and flooding neighboring spaces. ‘This goes to require all arms on deck,’ former Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank stated. Business Insider issues out that the want to create area, and shortly, for Foxconn method slicing a few corners—and through ‘corners’ we imply ‘breathable air’ and ‘non-polluted water.’”

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