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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 End of Cold: McMurdo Dry Valleys Unique Environment Threatened sticky icon

CLIMATE CHANGING OUR AMAZING PLANET

The End of Cold
McMurdo Dry Valleys Unique Environment Threatened-Changing

Update
McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica.
 McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER.
Fantastic photo credit: McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER, full-sized.

 

Researchers analyze biodiversity patterns in Antarctic Dry Valleys,
Virginia Tech, March 20, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Who
"...international collaborative team that analyzed biodiversity patterns in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica."

What
"...understanding of the whole (Dry Valleys) community, from bacteria to multicellular invertebrates."

"...analyzing the physical and geochemical drivers that predict biodiversity patterns."

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WEATHER for High Sierra Backpackers: REPORTS, FORECASTS, PREDICTIONS, SNOW, ROADS, CONDITIONS sticky icon

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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

 

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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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2018 News of Health Science, Fitness, the Human Past, Potential & Pitfalls for Backpackers sticky icon

 

 

Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

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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.

 

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All News about High Sierra Trees and Plants sticky icon

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

High Sierra Tree Identification Resources

Tree Forum

 


The Brethren

FERGUSON FIRE

Bottom: 2015

Last
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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.

 

Next
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

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Looking Into the Mirror of Life, 2017, II

 

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High CO2 Levels can Destabilize Marine Layer Clouds

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS

Cloudless Coastal Sunrise
 Is this Our Future? Image by Patty Jansen on Pixabay.
Is this our future? Image by Patty Jansen on Pixabay

 

Loss of Clouds Could Cook Planet

High CO2 Levels can Destabilize Marine Layer Clouds,
California Institute of Technology, February 25, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

CO2 Driven Cloud Loss Triggering
Massive Temp Spike
“At high enough atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, Earth could reach a tipping point where marine stratus clouds become unstable and disappear, triggering a spike in global warming, according to a new modeling study.”

“...could raise surface temperatures by about 8 Kelvin (14 degrees Fahrenheit) globally--may occur at CO2 concentrations above 1,200 parts per million (ppm)...”

“...our results show that there are dangerous climate change thresholds that we had been unaware of...”

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Black Hole Plasma Planet Killer Beam

 

 Astrophysics & Astronomy News

Black Hole Plasma Planet Killer Ray
Black Hole Death Ray, G Pérez Díaz (IAC), University of Southampton.
Great visulation by G Pérez Díaz (IAC),   University of Southampton.

Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams,
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, October 31, 2017.

Cool Black Hole Death Ray Video

 

More Interesting Nature Videos

 

MAIN POINTS

"...observations of a binary system called V404 Cygni - consisting of a star and a black hole closely orbiting each other, with the black hole feeding off matter from the star that falls through the disc..."

"They are nature's very own Death Star beams - ultra-powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of black holes like deadly rays from the Star Wars super-weapon."

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North American City Climates will shift Hundreds of Miles in One Generation

THE CRASHING-SHIFTING CLIMATE NEWS

Will Shift? Will Shift Further? Has Been Moving Rapidly

 Apparent Geographic Climate Shift by 2080s
 Apparent Geographic Climate Shift by 2080s, Matthew Fitzpatrick/University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Average urban dweller is going to have to drive more than 500 miles to the south to find a climate similar to their home city by 2080. Credit to Matthew Fitzpatrick/University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Interactive Geographic Climate-Shift Map

 

Climate of North American cities will shift hundreds of miles in one generation,
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, February 12, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Traveling in Place
“In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away—or to a new climate unlike any found in North America today.”

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Brit Forecast Suggests Earth's Warmest Period on Record is ON DECK

ECO-CRASHING NEWS: HOTTER & HOTTER

Brits See Hot Times Ahead

Met Office Calls for Record Temps to 2023
Read 'em & Weep, Cowboys...
 Met Office Calls for Record Temps to 2023, By The Met Office, UK.
Met Office Calls for Record Temps to 2023, By The Met Office, UK. Original.

 

Forecast suggests Earth's warmest period on record,
University of East Anglia, February 6, 2019.

MAIN POINT

What
“...the publication of the latest Met Office decadal forecast to 2023.”

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2018 NOAA GLOBAL CLIMATE ANALYSIS

 

2018 NOAA GLOBAL CLIMATE ANALYSIS

OMG-LEVEL WARMING
 NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Kathryn Mersmann.
NASA: “Earth's long-term warming trend can be seen in this visualization of NASA's global temperature record, which shows how the planet's temperatures are changing over time, compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980. The record is shown as a running five-year average.”

Big Version. Good Work Credits to: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio-Kathryn Mersmann

 

Trend Line of Continuous Extreme Heating Driving Climate & Weather Changes

2018 was 4th hottest year on record for the globe,
The U.S. experienced 14 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters.
NOAA, February 6, 2019.

 

NASA report

 

MAIN POINTS

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New Level of Extinction Stress Drives Science Forward!

THE RAPID RISE of EXTINCTION STUDIES

 Creatures Subject to Heat Induced Fertility Risk
Many creatures at risk of heat-related fertility-decline extinction. Image by Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Charles Sharp, Toby Hudson, and David Glass, UL.
Many creatures at risk of heat-related fertility-decline extinction. Image by Joaquim Alves Gaspar, Charles Sharp, Toby Hudson, and David Glass, UL. Caption.

 

New Level of Extinction Stress Driving Science Forward!

Climate change and infertility -- a ticking time bomb?
University of Liverpool, January 31, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

CTL
The Death Temperature
“...most of the data on when temperature will prevent species surviving in an area is based on the 'critical thermal limit' or CTL - the temperature at which they collapse, stop moving or die.”

End of Sex Temperature
"There is a risk that we are underestimating the impact of climate change on species survival because we have focused on the temperatures that are lethal to organisms, rather than the temperatures at which organisms can no longer breed."

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End of The Age of Humans: Human Effects Equal Chicxulub Climate Disruption

 

THE END OF AN AGE

The Age of Humans

Human Effects Equal Chicxulub Climate Disruption

The 5 degrees of meteor-induced warming that took out the dinosaurs took 100,000 years to recover,
Science Daily, May 24, 2018.

I long ago wrote that we humans were having an effect on the Earth equilivant to a, "big rock from space," striking our planet. It now seems a very long time ago, that I wrote this.

The years that have passed since I wrote that, until now, are a mere fraction of a second in the bigger scale of, "climate time," and much less than a milli-second in the scale of,  "geological time."

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NASA's New Horizons mission to Ultima Thule in the Distant Kuiper Belt

ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS

NASA's New Horizons mission to the Kuiper Belt
NEW IMAGE
Latest Image of Ultima-Thule
 NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.
Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

UPDATED January 26, 2019

New Horizons' Newest and Best-Yet View of Ultima Thule,
NASA, January 24, 2019.



New Horizons Mission Page,
NASA.

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE & IMAGES

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Polar Vortex Splits Under Warming Stratosphere

 

2019 UPDATE
POLAR VORTEX UPDATE

1-13-19
FORECAST

Wet and Stormy Week for all California; Dry Dipole Pattern to Follow

MAIN POINTS

"...the consensus: the recent stratospheric sudden warming (SSW) event, followed by a breakdown of the stratospheric polar vortex, is now slowly beginning to “couple” with the troposphere below (i.e., the layer where all our weather happens)."

BLOCKING RIDGE
"As this occurs, lobes of cold polar air become displaced to lower latitudes and induce a very wavy pattern in the jet stream–setting up persistent ridges (blocks) and downstream troughs in preferred locations. Unfortunately, California and the West Coast are often at the longitude of a preferred ridge when there is a significant perturbation to the hemispheric flow pattern–and that appears to be the main cause of the projected upcoming ridge pattern. There are currently indications this pattern could persist for 4 weeks or more"

More
The Polar Vortex Has Fallen Apart, Which is Likely to Unleash a Much Colder End to January,
Weather Channel, January 16, 2019.

 

 

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2x- to 3x Heatwave Increase Frequency & Severity in UK Since 1878

CLIMATE CHANGED NEWS & RESEARCH

IT’S HERE: Visible Climate Consequences of WAY Too Many Humans

Two- to three- fold increase in heatwave occurrence and severity seen directly in UK temperature,
University of Warwick, January 21, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

“...A two to three-fold increase in heatwave activity in the United Kingdom since the late 19th century has been identified...”

“...frequency, duration, and severity have increased.”

“This work quantifies the link between more frequent observations of hotter days, and increased heatwave occurrence rates, intensity and average duration”

Specifics
“...they found a two- to three-fold decrease in the average return period (the average time between two successive occurrences) of a six day long heatwave and a two-to three- fold increase in the duration of a heatwave with an average five year return period. The temperature threshold of a six day long heatwave with five year return period has increased, to being typically above 28C.”

Trends
“...we see heatwaves becoming more intense and severe on average.”

 

HEATWAVES
& Extreme Weather, Generally

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