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JUNE & MAY 2015 News of Note for BACKPACKERS | High Sierra Backpacker


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 11 May 2015

News Updated
         June 26

In the Sky

Everything you need to know: June Solstice 2015,
Earth-Sky, June 18, 2015.

Star Chart

June 2015 guide to the five visible planets,
Earth-Sky, June 1, 2015.

Dates of sun’s entry into each constellation of the Zodiac, Earth-Sky
May 14, 2015: Sun enters constellation Taurus (53.41o)


Vega in Lyra,

Sea salt on Jupiter’s moon Europa,
Earth-Sky, May 18, 2015.

Upcoming Terestrial Events

Tahoe Rim Trail

June 6th


Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway
Benefit Concert 
Birds of Chicago at Brice Station
June 21 2015,
Murphys, Calif.


Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states,
 AP, June 23, 2015.

 Along our High Sierra Trail Routes
15,000-acre blaze south of Lake Tahoe threatens historic town,
SF Gate, June 22, 2015.



Silver Creek  is NE of Ebbetts Pass, running down along Highway 4 East of the pass. Smoke blowing East, as not to torture nearby hikers along the PCT.

Washington wildfire in California,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, June 22, 2015.

Lake fire and San Gorgonio fire in California
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, June 22, 2015.

Also see


Highway 4
Highway 89
Washington Fire Information

CalTrans Highway 4

CalTrans Highway 89

June 26  

Man, mules lobby for preservation at Capitol,
Sac Bee, June 17, 2015.

Mule's Website
3 Mules
Tahoe to Whitney fully supports Mule!

Cocktail of chemicals may trigger Cancer,
Brunel University, June 23, 2015.


Obesity, excess weight in US continue upswing,
Washington University School of Medicine, June 22, 2015.

Astronomers discover more than 800 dark galaxies in the famous Coma Cluster,
National Institutes of Natural Sciences, June 22, 2015.


 Posted June 19 
This Year Is Headed for the Hottest on Record, by a Long Shot
Hottest May, hottest five months. It's a scorcher
. Bloomberg, June 18, 2015.


Where the F am I?
Illegal Silicone Butt Injections Cause Host of Health Problems.
Live Sciences, June 19, 2015.
This is not the country I was born or grew up in...


Humans creating sixth great extinction of animal species, say scientists,
Guardian, June 19, 2015.
Stanford Report.

Bees feeding on fungicide-dosed flowers develop health issues, studies say,
Guardian, June 18, 2015.


Snake fungal disease parallels white-nose syndrome in bats,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 18, 2015.

Staying cool: Saharan silver ants,
Columbia University, June 18, 2015.

No Conspiracy...
Jet contrails affect surface temperatures,
Penn State, June 18, 2015.

In the Beginning…there was light.
Astronomers find best observational evidence of first-generation stars in the universe,
UC Riverside, June 17, 2015.

Then Life
Scientists find evidence of key ingredient during dawn of life,
UNC, June 18, 2015.


In the End…there was Water
Alaska glaciers make large contributions to global sea level rise,
American Geophysical Union, June 17, 2015.

 And MORE Water: New Numbers
Risk of major sea level rise in Northern Europe,
University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute, June 18, 2015.



Kennewick Man closely related to Native Americans, geneticists say
 Stanford University Medical Center, June 18, 2015.

Wastewater injection rate strongest trigger for induced quakes,
 AAAS, June 18, 2015.


Study shows global warming is unlikely to reduce winter deaths,
CU, June 19, 2015.

Hot lava flows discovered on Venus,
Earth-Sky, June 18, 2015.


 Scary or Cool? Scarool?
Indiana University scientists create computational algorithm for fact-checking,
Indiana University, June 17, 2015.


Orange County Superior Court record-fixing probe may involve 1,000 traffic cases; clerk suspected of altering documents, OC Register, June 18, 2015.

Corporate Cultural Wonderland
Dozens indicted after three L.A. gangs unify under Mexican Mafia, feds allege,
 LAT, June 19, 2015.


NOT a Drought:
Pope Francis warns of destruction of world's ecosystem in leaked encyclical,
Guardian, June 15, 2015.

We are just taking the middle steps of our already-begun journey to "The new Normal." The fun has just begun...


New study shows Arctic Ocean rapidly becoming more corrosive to marine species,
NOAA Headquarters, June 15, 2015.

Accelerated warming of the continental shelf off northeast coast,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, June, 15, 2015.

What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.

Bumble bees in the last frontier, Alaska,
Pensoft Publishers, June 15, 2015.


Wheat fires outside of Huaibei, China,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, June 15, 2015.


New study favors cold, icy early Mars
American Geophysical Union, June 15, 2015.

New map confirms four Milky Way arms,
Earth-Sky, June 14, 2015.


Newfound groups of bacteria are mixing up the tree of life,
University of California – Berkeley, June 15, 2015.

 Historic Action
Senior Water Rights Curtailed in Delta, San Joaquin & Sacramento Watersheds, pdf,
State Water Board, June 12, 2015.


Increased carbon dioxide levels in air restrict plants' ability to absorb nutrients,
University of Gothenburg, June 12, 2015.

Warmer Winter Nights Mean Small Cherry Crop,
 KQED, June 12, 2015.

Study: changing climate prompts boreal forest shift,
University of Alaska Fairbanks, June 11, 2015.


Red Crab Invasion At San Diego Beaches May Signal Coming El Niño,
KPBS, June 12, 2015.


Blanca breaks up hitting Southwest US,
NASA, June 10, 2015.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires drifts down to US,
NASA, June 10, 2015.


Risky outdoor play positively impacts children's health,
UBC study, UBC, June 10, 2015.

Impact of insecticides on the cognitive development of 6-year-old children,
INSERM, June 10, 2015.


Plants may run out of time to grow under ongoing climate change,
PLOS, June 10, 2015.

You're About to See an Incredibly Rare Cloud, and It's Proof the Climate Is Changing, Bloomberg, June 9, 2015.


Nation of Cheaters
Why good people do bad things,
Chicago, Booth School, June 5, 2015.

Scumbag City
Do cheaters have an evolutionary advantage?
Washington University in St. Louis, June 4, 2015.


Fishery Collapse 
Feds, California Agencies Sued Over Water Management Plan,
CPR, June 4, 2015.

Fish Swimming Away
Habitats contracting as fish and coral flee equator,
AAAS, June 4, 2015.

Nowhere to Swim...
Warmer, lower-oxygen oceans will shift marine habitats,
UW, June 4, 2015. 


Sudden draining of glacial lakes explained,
Woods Hole, June 3, 2015. 


Trouble in the tide pools,
UC Davis, June 3, 2015.


New evidence emerges on the origins of life,
UNC Health, June 1, 2015.

Invasive microbe protects corals from global warming, but at a cost,
Penn State, June 1, 2015.


Scientists cannot see the Spirit of life if their lives depended on it...
WSU researchers see link between hunter-gatherer cannabis use, fewer parasites,
WSU, June 1, 2015.
 Each drug physically triggers an emotional-psychological state. All have a spiritual value when not abused. Natives explore this, if not falling into abuse due to industrial-scale supply. Sadly, science cannot see, measure, or understand the power and value of cultural experiences, but only judge them by their "profitability."


Mind-Body Link Proven
Missing link found between brain, immune system -- with major disease implications,
UV Health, June 1, 2015.

Tick News
Researchers' discovery may explain difficulty in treating Lyme disease,
Northeastern University, June 1, 2015. 



Little-known quake, tsunami hazards lurk offshore of Southern California,
AGU, May 29, 2015.

Two Faults Could Make One Big Earthquake,
KQED, May 28, 2015.


Sudden melt strikes glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula,
Ars Technica, May 25, 2015.
Also see:
 Ice Thinning Report.

BAS Press:
 Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from above and below.

British Antarctic Survey


High Sierra Geo History
Growing mystery—getting to the bottom of the highest peak in the Lower 48,
Ars Technica, May, 7, 2015.


Eye of the Storm: InsideTyphoon Dolphin,
NASA, May 24, 2015.

Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits,
Vanderbilt, May 22, 2015.

Serengeti Park disappearing,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Science Daily, May 21, 2015.


A New Design for Antarctic Research, Bloomberg, May 15, 2015.


New evidence links Arctic warming with severe weather, University of Sheffield, May 20, 2015.


Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night, NCAR/University Corp for Atmospheric Research, May 20, 2015.

Study shows Colorado's biggest storms can happen any time, University of Colorado at Boulder, May 20, 2015.


Hack Crash, University at Buffalo, May 20, 2015.


Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests,
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory, May 19, 2015.

Cold-blooded animals find it hard to adjust to global warming,
UC Berkeley, May 19, 2015.


The extent of toxin accumulation in birds off the coast of Canada,
Wiley, May 17, 2015.
(PERFLUOROALKYL ACIDS: What Is the Evidence Telling Us?)


Even El Niño won't end state's drought,
UT San Diego, May 17, 2015.

California water officials deliver sobering facts on depleted wells,
LAT, May 17, 2015.


LAT on Grahanm Hunt's Death with Dean,
LAT, May 18, 2015. 

Extreme athlete Dean Potter hailed as 'a visionary' by fellow climbers and friends,
Guardian, May 14, 2015.


Sensing How Much the Earth Moved in Nepal,
NASA, May 14, 2015.

Kim Dotcom: Julian Assange will be Hillary Clinton’s Worst Nightmare in 2016,
Bloomberg, May 14, 2015.


 El Ni​ño will last through summer, says US climate center,
Guardian, May 14, 2015.


Climate scientists find elusive tropospheric hot spot,
University of New South Wales, May 14, 2015.

Nestlé boss says he wants to bottle more water in California despite drought,
Guardian, May 14, 2015.


U.S. beekeepers lost 40 percent of bees in 2014-15, YubaNet,
May 13, 2015.


BACKPACKER ALERT: El Nino Seasonal Update,
Tahoe to Whitney, May 12, 2015.

New study shows Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from above and below,
British Antarctic Survey, May 12, 2015


Massive southern invasions by northern birds linked to climate shifts,
University of Utah, May 11, 2015.


Drug-resistant 'superbug' strain of typhoid spreads worldwide,
Reuters, May 11, 2015.

Stop Brown's support for Overpopulation: The Tunnels,
Yuba Net, May 11, 2015.


Clear-Cutting Romania: Logging Threatens One of Europe's Last Virgin Forests,
Spegiel, May 8, 2015.


Our Own Corporate Thief:
 Gov. Jerry Brown's Tunnels Plan Remains Scheme to Subsidize Water for Big Agriculture
, Yuba Net, May 1, 2015

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