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News and information about the Sierra Nevada Environment, and the environment in general. Posts about science in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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The Last 11 Hours over the Northeastern Pacific
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Looking into the Mirror of Life: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, Winter & Spring of 2019 sticky icon

 

 

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.

 

 

Updated 

May 18, 2019

 

LATEST NEWS BELOW

 

 

2018 Astro Phys & Science News

 

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Eco Crash News, 2018: Observing Our Rapidly Shifting Seasons and Ecosystems sticky icon

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

2018


Last
Updated Daily 

December 16,  2018

 

Next
2019 Climate Change News

 

 The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

Blooming, feeding, mating, and migration patterns of all living things are changing around the world.

Here we track the obvious and the subtle human affects on Nature. The club and the knife, if you will.

 

 

Next
2019 Climate Change News

Earlier
October through December 2017

 

 

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Looking into the Mirror of Life III: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers, 2018 sticky icon

 

 

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science News for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.

 

 

Last
Updated 

December 22, 2018

 

2018 NEWS BELOW

 

2019 ASTRONOMY-PHYSICS NEWS

 

 

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Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

LAST
Updated

December 27, 2018

 

January 1, 2018 & 19:
HAPPY NEW YEARS!

  

 

2018 News Below

 

Later Health News
Health & Fitness News, 2019

Earlier Health News
Health & Fitness News, 2015-2017

  

 

Our goal here is to provide the best information how to deal with internal and external threats to your health. But why?

 

FIELD GRADE
Our greater goal is to attain "Field Conditioning." Field Conditioning is an advanced state of fitness where we are capable of moving and operating effectively across great distances over all types of terrain, at high or low altitude, in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions over extended time spans, under all seasonal conditions, while carrying the weight required to withstand these environmental conditions, feed ourselves well, and safely reach our goal. 

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Looking into the Mirror of Life II: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers sticky icon

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

This is the amazing universe we are walking through.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental nature of the motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves, what we are hiking through, and our choices along our journey.

 

 

Last Updated 

December 24, 2017

 

September thru December 2017
Astro Phys NEWS BELOW

 

Next Astro Physics Page: 2018

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NEW ERA on our PLANET: Tracking the Anthropocene sticky icon

BELOW

2015
to
JULY, 2018


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July 2018 to Present

 

 INTRODUCTION
Nature is no longer in charge. There's a new sheriff in town, and he's a real piece of work. In any case, the greedy motivations of man have replaced the driving fertility of Nature as the leading force on this planet, and even the scientists have noticed. Which means it needs a name...

 

Done. I already named it, when I recognized the depth of our nasty effects a long time ago: The Scum-o-cene. We are leaving the spiritual and physical equivilant of a nasty bathtub ring on the Spirit and Body of Nature as humanity, "consumes" both.

I abhor and reject identification as a, "consumer."

Check out these next introductory articles, then we follow the general outlines of our re-modeling of this world.

 

 REFERENCES

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All Tree News
Generally Covering the Plant World

 

 TREE & PLANT
NEWS

2015 through 2018

 2018

Next Year's Tree & Plant News
2019

 

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High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

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The Brethren

FERGUSON FIRE

Bottom: 2015

Last
Updated

2018

December 21

PLANTS, TREES, WEATHER, WATER, & FORESTS

Observing the Decline of the Doomed Forests in the Southwestern US

Southwest forest trees will grow much slower in the 21st century

 

 

 

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This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

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2018 Water and Fish News

 

Below
June 2015
to
December 28, 2017

Last Updated
December 28, 2017:

 

Nestle Water Heist Update

State DWR & NPR Discover Theivery, Yawn, Don't Care, Will Issue Permit

 

 

 

December 24

The Great Water Ripoff Advances

SoCal will Grow at All Costs to Man & Nature

 

 

Symbolic of the Corporate Ripoff

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Looking into the Mirror of Life sticky icon

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS
&
Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

Interestingly enough, we have to understand the fundamental motions & relationships within the Universe around us to find our precise position on this Earth, to understand our context within its Nature, and how we can or cannot fit perfectly into the greater Universe around us.

We follow science to better understand ourselves and our choices.

 

 

Last Updated 

 August 31 2017

 

Covering Astrophysics
from
October of 2015 through August of 2017

SEE BELOW

 


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Looking Into the Mirror of Life, 2017, II

 

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UN Reports Major Planetary Climate & Ecosystem Breakdown, Global Extinction Event Underway

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Destructive Development
Beach pollution at Kuta Beach, Bali
UN IPBES 2019 Report, Beach pollution at Kuta beach, Bali, Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock.
The High Tide of Human Crap. UN IPBES Report, Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock

 

Major Planetary Breakdown Underway

Media Release
Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating,’
IPBES, May 4, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Who
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

"All States Members of the United Nations are eligible for IPBES membership, with a large number of NGOs, organisations, conventions and civil society groupings participating in the formal IPBES process as observers."

FINDINGS

Vast Rapid Changes
"Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely..."

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Climate Extremes Cause up to Half Global Crop Variability

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS, CLIMATE DRIVEN CROP VARIABILITY

Map of Global Regions
Continental regions for staple crops, Supplied by author, University of New South Wales..
Continental regions for staple crops, Supplied by author, University of New South Wales.

 

Turning Up the Heat

Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations,
University of New South Wales, May 3, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Extreme Weather & Crop Yields
"Researchers from Australia, Germany and the US have quantified the effect of climate extremes, such as droughts or heatwaves, on the yield variability of staple crops around the world."

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Eco-Crashing News, 2019 Arctic Warming Specifics, Timing Spring

 

 

Eco-Crashing News

Arctic Warming Specifics

Early Melting of Winter Snowfall Advances the Arctic Springtime,
University of Edinburgh, April 24, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Earlier and Earlier Melts, Rising Temps
“The early arrival of spring in parts of the Arctic is driven by winter snow melting sooner than in previous decades and by rising temperatures”

Study Zone
“...a study of plants at coastal sites around the Arctic tundra...”

Study
“…the timing of activity in seasonal vegetation...gathered data on the greening and flowering of 14 plant species at four sites in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. ”

Sorting Influences
“...to better understand which factors have the greatest influence on the timing of spring plants in the tundra - temperatures, snow melt or sea ice melt.”

Bingo!
Snow Melt
“Variation in the timing of leaves and flowers appearing on plants between the sites was found to be linked to the timing of local snow melt and, to a lesser extent, temperatures.”

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Paris Pact: Goals Not Obtainable under Current Endless Global Growth Model

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Paris Pact: Goals Not Obtainable under Current Global Endless Growth Model

New studies highlight challenge of meeting Paris Agreement climate goals,
American Geophysical Union, April 22, 2019.

MAIN POINT

Failure: Pact Does Not Work
“Even if U.S., China, the European Union and India increased their contributions to limit emissions, the rest of the world would need to drop to virtually zero emissions by 2030 in order for the planet to reach its goal of limiting the increase in temperature from pre-industrial times to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Scientists on Crack Pipe
Grasping for Straws

“Peters and his co-authors argue that in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, leading countries need to develop low, zero or even negative carbon emissions energy technologies that can be deployed at scale in the developing world.”

 

Bottom Line

Complete Admission of Failure
The main point seems to be that their own, “pact,” goals are not even possible or attainable under their own pact’s framework, that their worthless pact is in fact, worthless.

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Temperature Dataset Correlation Supports Grim Climate Models

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Temperature Dataset Correlation Supports Grim Climate Models

NASA study Verifies Global Warming Trends,
IOP Publishing, April 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Compared Main Temperature Data Sets
Compared 15 years of AIRS satellite temp data against 15 years of GISTEMP station-based temp data, and, “found a high level of consistency between the two datasets over the past 15 years.”

AIRS
“AIRS data reflects skin temperature at the surface of the ocean, land, and snow/ice covered regions.”

GISTEMP
“Surface-based data are a blend of two metre surface air data anomalies over land, and bulk sea surface temperature anomalies in the ocean.”

Confirmed
Hottest Years Ever
"Both data sets demonstrate the earth's surface has been warming globally over this period, and that 2016, 2017, and 2015 have been the warmest years in the instrumental record, in that order.“

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Land, Sea, & Now the Air: Microplastics are Everywhere!

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Land, Sea, & Now the Air: Microplastics Everywhere

Alarming Study Finds That Wind Can Actually Carry Microplastics to Remote Places,
Science Alert, April 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Widespread Plastic
“...plastic litter is a key environmental challenge for this generation - detected in soil, rivers, oceans, and lakes...”

Microplastic Airborne Transport, Too?
"We suggest that microplastics can reach and affect remote, sparsely inhabited areas through atmospheric transport."

“Tucked in one of the most untouched areas of Europe, these samples show a similar level of atmospheric plastic pollution to megacities like Paris - at times, even more so.”

This, “...small pilot study now suggests that tiny fragments of this synthetic material are raining down in some of the most remote regions of the world.”

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GRACE Gravity Survey Measures the Masses of Climate Changes

 

ASTROPHYSICS, GEOGRAPHY, & CLIMATE

The Satellite Twins GRACE
The satellite twins GRACE with the Earth's gravitational field, AIRBUS/GFZ.
The twin satellites GRACE revealing the Earth's gravitational field.

 

Gravity is our Friend. Until it Isn't

What Earth's Gravity Reveals about Climate Change,
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre, April 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

GRACE
“Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment”

Launched
March 17, 2002

Surprise Duration
“...the mission lasted a good 15 years - more than three times as long as expected.”

“...recorded the Earth's gravitational field and its changes over time in more than 160 months.”

Ice Sheets and Glaciers

“...produced the first direct measurement of ice-mass loss from ice sheets and glaciers ever.”

Man-Made Ice Loss
“...between April 2002 and June 2017 Greenland lost about 260 billion tons of ice per year, Antarctica about 140 billion tons.”

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Grim News about The Future of the Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018

 

ECO-CRASHING NEWS

Grim News about The Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018

Simultaneous Heatwaves Caused by Anthropogenic Climate Change,
ETH Zurich, April 10, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018

“Multiple places around the world experienced heat so severe that people died of heatstroke, power generation had to be curtailed, rails and roads started to melt, and forests went up in flames. What was truly sobering about this heatwave was that it affected not only one area, such as the Mediterranean region, but several across the temperate zones and the Arctic simultaneously.”

One Reason: Humans
“...the only explanation of why heat affected so many areas over several months is anthropogenic climate change.”

"Without the climate change that can be explained by human activity, we wouldn't have such a large area being simultaneously affected by heat as we did in 2018."

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ECO-CRASHING NEWS: Comprehensive Arctic Warming Underway

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS: Arctic Warming

Scene of the Crime
Southern Brooks Range from Dalton Highway
Southern Brooks Range from Dalton Highway, UAF photo by Todd Paris.
Changing beauties of the peaks of the southern Brooks Range along a stretch of the Dalton Highway, about 250 miles north of Fairbanks, UAF photo by Todd Paris.

 

Traditional Arctic Climate & Global Weather Influences Almost Gone

Air temperatures in the Arctic are driving system change,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, April 8, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Major Changes Underway
“...increasing air temperatures and precipitation are drivers of major changes in various components of the Arctic system."

Unprecedented
"The Arctic system is trending away from its 20th century state and into an unprecedented state, with implications not only within but beyond the Arctic."

"Never have so many Arctic indicators been brought together in a single paper."

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A Closer Look: Korolev Crater & the Moons of Mars

 

UPDATED

Observe Two Solar Eclipses from the Surface of Mars

Phobos

Demos

 

ASTROPHYSICS, ASTRONOMY, & THE ATMOSPHERE of MARS


TWO FACES of MARS
 NASA, ESA, and STScI.

Hubble reveals Clear & Dusty Faces of Mars. Credits: NASA, ESA, and STScI

Mars Seen in Clear and Dusty Conditions,
NASA, July 26, 2018

 

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