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Another climate heat map – state +/- (surprises!)

Another climate heat map – state +/- (surprises!)

Grist quickly points out that that map can lead to incorrect inferences at a quick blush, quote: “But there’s more to the data than meets the eye. Saha says that some of the states that seem to be lagging behind, including California and Washington, already had fairly low carbon intensity before the study period began. (Carbon intensity is a measurement of the carbon emitted per dollar of economic growth.) In other words, the large cuts in the Northeast may reflect…

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WAPO on temp changes in CO/UT – farmer hell

WAPO on temp changes in CO/UT – farmer hell

Quote: “Here, on Colorado’s Western Slope, no snow means no snowpack. And no snowpack means no water in an area that’s so dry it’s lucky to get 10 inches of rain a year. A few months after taking the photo, Kehmeier stared across the land his family had tilled for four generations and made a harsh calculation: He could make more money selling his ranch’s water than working his land.” (my bold) source Here’s the area talked about My gasp…

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Brewery growth trend seems to be reversing in OR

Brewery growth trend seems to be reversing in OR

While Oregon has been one of the microbrewery hotspots over the last 20 years or so, and that run was fun to drink along with, but we’re seeing more and more sales / closures of local breweries and pubs based on signs and locked doors – alarmingly BEFORE C-19. While beer drinkers may be in for some changes that this chart does not forecast, this chart shows the danger in rearview data analysis … it looks really good backwards, but…

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US allies kill activists – surprised?

US allies kill activists – surprised?

Really? Only 1 of the top killers of environmental activists is NOT a US ally. Does this mean that some of US tax dollars are going to fund the murder / execution of environmental activists? Maybe, maybe not; but we, as a country and as individuals, say very little and our silence encourages further deaths.

Mt Hood – Timberline Trail

Mt Hood – Timberline Trail

This will be longer than normal – heads up … (covers 4 full days) –> reminder to click on (open) images to see high quality media. My hiking buddy for this trip is an experienced backpacker and this was not his first circuit around Mt. Hood; another key factoid is our average age is 66. We’re slow and we both have severe rubbernecks with scenery – i also take pictures (over 450 this trip). We also met very few people…

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Sides of Mt Hood

Sides of Mt Hood

While walking around on Timberline Trail (review), Mt Hood shows itself in all dimensions, perspectives, light and compositions. Sometimes I found myself shaking my head asking if I was really looking at the same mountain. Regardless, Mt Hood is itself and it is beautiful. There are two parts here. First, I tried my best to pick a set of pics that had similar distance so that we’re sort-of looking apples-to-apples. This is in the gallery below. This set starts at…

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Mt Hood – Water

Mt Hood – Water

On the Timberline Trail (review), water or ice is almost always in view. Water is not always available to drink but usually not far … Ice, raging glacial creeks, ponds, springs with quiet streams and of course the remnant snowfields that just won’t melt (but often have delightful streams of runoff for drinking after filtering). The entire landscape of Mt Hood is a water and ice masterpiece evolving since the last eruption. A work of art … As the other…

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Mt Hood – FLOWERS

Mt Hood – FLOWERS

This post is one of several related to the Timberline Trail hike around Mt Hood (Index). Flowers were totally in bloom over the days we walked around Mt Hood – July 30-Aug 3. The south side (Paradise Park by Rootsrated). Both of us had been to Paradise Park multiple times, but for neither of us, were the flowers this vibrant and peaking across the species – truly a special time. The west side was a bit flower bare in the…

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Hiking around Mt Hood: index

Hiking around Mt Hood: index

Or, better known as the PCT and Timberline Trail loop. This past week, a hiking buddy and I walked around Mt Hood. A ~40 mile walk thru some of the most beautiful spots in Oregon, but not without dangers and adventures. The posts will come serially as they are ready … I am planning on the following: Hike debrief – what we did and what others might think add to their trip planning (post) Sides of Mt Hood – pics…

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Bumblebees ‘farm’ flowers to accelerate pollen production

Bumblebees ‘farm’ flowers to accelerate pollen production

Some days, I read somehting and all i can say is ‘WOW’ – incredibly interesting and something that I did not know – one of those ‘blow me away’ factoids. A recent study of bumblebees and how they can influence flowers to accelerate pollen production was one of them … and scientists have yet to figure out how they do it – only that they can, and do! Source Quote below is the kernel of their findings, “Based on their…

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Grist answers, “What’s the more climate-conscious diet: plant-based or place-based?”

Grist answers, “What’s the more climate-conscious diet: plant-based or place-based?”

It’s a great and often asked question … the full post is here. The answer in a nutshell, quote: “The most effective change you can make to your diet, in terms of greenhouse gas reduction, is to go plant-based and limit meat consumption. That’s it. It’s also certainly lower impact in terms of water usage.”

Working from home (WFH) & education levels

Working from home (WFH) & education levels

Seems like the higher your education level, the more flexibility and options you have for working locations – or WFH basically. Source This is not surprising, but there is a terrible social construct inference that hurts my soul. The lesser educated are expendable and the right people to put on front lines in a ‘war’ – sound familiar? Knights and foot soldiers (peasants) anyone?

So much to think about …

So much to think about …

This recent post by Dr H has my head spinning; mostly around topics that have been forefront and already twirling, but this is worth the read. The structrual changes C-19 may bring are broad and wide – socially, economically, poltitically foremost. But, there seems two questions that I spiral down to: a) what changes in my own personal behavior should I make to help move my community to a more positive space (safe space – health and economic), and b)…

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Could US do this? – NO!

Could US do this? – NO!

Quote: “The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Wednesday, 119 new infection have been traced back to the 29-year-old and that 5,517 fellow clubgoers have been contacted in the process. This has led to 7,272 additional tests being administered on Tuesday (on top of the baseline of 4,000 to 5,000 tests carried out daily in the country) to patrons and their families/immediate contacts. Authorities said they had identified a total of more than 11,000 people…

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