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Posted on March 20 at 5:20 p.m.

Thank you, State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson.

California has no water to waste.

Now to tackle over-construction.

Ditto, your remark, Jeff Butler.

Many remarks belong in the 5th grade joke room.

On Jackson Goes After DOGGR

Posted on March 20 at 5:15 p.m.

Always great photography - both at work and at play. Well done.

On Photog Richard Salas Takes Us On an Underwater Adventure

Posted on March 17 at 8:41 a.m.

This is surely a Tempest in a Teepee, but some of the comments are no better. In the grand scheme of things - which is more important? Excellence at SBCC, or a minor tiff about a tepee. Yet, it has been suggested that all of that excellence be shut down because of a minor tiff. When criticizing, do not appear no better than that being criticized. The Tempest in a Teepee has resulted in a Torrent of Triviality.

I commend Gaskin for a non-confrontational manner. Possibly this will calm matters and allow a further discussion among various people on campus. One thing to remember to those who were upset - "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" when done in a non-commercial manner. The SBCC teepee was an appreciation rather than disrespect. Which is not something that could be said about some comments on this matter.

On Tempest in a Teepee at SBCC

Posted on March 7 at 2:14 p.m.

---- Here’s why hundreds of starving sea lion pups are washing ashore in California
Sick, starving and dying sea lion pups are washing up on the shores of California in record numbers this year. In 2015, 940 young sea lions have turned up, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said last week — four times the number California would normally see. But why?

Experts say it’s the warm water. Scientists believe warmer coastal waters force the prey of sea lions — squid and sardines, for example — deeper beneath the ocean’s surface. Then nursing sea lion mothers must look further afield for food, leaving their pups for longer than normal. Deprived of sustenance and weakened, the pups limply wash ashore.

Some, without understanding much of the science, like to cut-and-paste articles that bolster the denier belief - regardless of whether they say anything significant or truthful. Hopefully, the above sequence of articles will indicate

a) that there never was an "hiatus". It was masked by the PDO.
b) 2014 was the hottest year on record; and 2015 will probably be even hotter.
c) there is an alarming decrease of Arctic Ice.
d) the hotter it gets, there could be some alarming feedback processes that will accelerate the pace of GW.

There is much more - but interested readers can find it easily on the internet.

On Focusing on Climate Change

Posted on March 7 at 2:11 p.m.

---- The Arctic sea ice is melting. It is melting far more rapidly than ever expected.
This loss is measured in the form of square kilometers melted, in the form of ice thinned, in the form of new, blue water visible. Yet it is a loss beyond mere numbers and measures. A loss that has a profound impact to the Earth and its climate systems.

---- Are We Entering a New Period of Rapid Global Warming?
One crucial point is that global warming didn’t “stop” during the hiatus: the world’s oceans actually gained heat at an accelerated pace. Trade winds blew more strongly from east to west across the Pacific, consistent with the tendency toward La Niña conditions, as described in this open-access article by NCAR’s Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo. Over parts of the central tropical Pacific, trade winds averaged about 3 mph stronger during 1999-2012 compared to 1976-1988. These speeds are higher than for any previous hiatus on record, bolstering the idea that other factors may have joined this negative PDO/IPO phase. The faster trade winds encouraged upwelling of cooler water to the east and helped deepen and strengthen the warm pool to the west—enough, in fact, to raise sea level around the Philippines by as much as 8 inches. Other parts of the deep ocean warmed as well. A new study led by Dean Roemmich (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) maps the areas of greatest ocean heating from 2006 to 2013 and finds that significant warming extended to depths of greater than 6600 feet.

---- Mighty El Niño is back – here's what you need to know
El Niño transfers huge amounts of heat from the oceans to the atmosphere, and there are hints that this El Niño, combined with the already very warm global oceans, could bring about a new phase in global warming. An associated slow-moving indicator of Pacific Ocean temperatures, called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), reached record levels in December and January. A persistently strong PDO is associated with cold winters in the eastern US and drought in California – we've had both in abundance this year.

Should the PDO stay strong, it will essentially join forces with El Niño and increase the odds that 2015 will rank as the warmest year on record globally. Last autumn, I wrote that a PDO signal like we're currently seeing could kick off a surge of global warming over the next five to 10 years.

---- Researchers find warmer ocean waters cause increasing methane emissions
Read more:

..... continued

On Focusing on Climate Change

Posted on March 7 at 1:43 p.m.

I thought you were better than reading Breitbart.

1) Watch Ocean Acidification in Real Time

2) Ocean acidification is already a reality for Washington State's large shellfish industry, because oyster and other larvae can't form shells. Acidic water dissolves shells, and if the water is acidic enough, it can for pits in the shells of mature animals. But XPrize and other scientists warn that could just be the beginning if the world's oceans can't be healed, fearing that acidifying water will damage the small organisms that whale's rely on, and is damaging coral reefs and other parts of the ocean ecosystem.

3) WALPOLE, Maine — Something was wrong with the larvae.

Bill Mook noticed the newly born oysters of his coastal hatchery often failed to thrive after heavy rainfalls. The storms left the brackish seawater he was pumping into his tanks from the nearby Damariscotta River estuary too acidic for the pinhead-sized mollusks.

To stay in business, he had to change the pH balance of the water. And as heavy storms have become more frequent in recent years, he has had to adjust that balance more often to keep the oysters alive.

His experience reflects drastic changes in the chemistry of coastal waters, the result of increasing acidification, which have been setting off alarms among fishermen, climate scientists, and policy makers from Cape Cod to Casco Bay.

On Protein for the Planet

Posted on March 1 at 5:09 p.m.

There should be a flat rate per person of how much water one can consume, regardless of where that person lives. After all, aren't we all equal under the law.

On Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts

Posted on March 1 at 5:06 p.m.

Maybe those almost daily upgrade offers by Cox will stop appearing in my mailbox. Cox - no matter how many you send, even with a shiny silver card, I will not upgrade to something I don't want. May as well save the postage and the slick stationery.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on February 20 at 9:47 a.m.

Citizens should voluntarily limit themselves to 2 kids or less. Anyone who has more children, is in effect being selfish - there are limited resources on this planet, and we are bumping up against those limits. If good sense does not prevail, then we are dooming ourselves. However, most of the population increase is happening in third world countries, where it is often impossible to limit offspring number.

As for the denial of CC/GW, some remind me of those in history who were persecuted for daring to suggest that the sun does not revolve around the earth, and that the earth is not flat.

Science illiteracy is a problem in this country.

On Mega-Drought Mega-Trends

Posted on February 20 at 9:37 a.m.

I think the OP should do a little homework before writing nonsense (thank you Makwa). No law has ever been established out of "guilt". In fact, the little that Native Americans have left remaining to them now, is thanks to greed that took everything it could without taking it all, with not one iota of guilt contributing.

Of note, in 1980, the Supreme Court upheld that the Black Hills area had been taken illegally by the US, and in fact belongs to the Sioux nation. No "guilt" has persuaded the US to give it back - in fact the US offered to buy it for over a $billion. The Sioux refused, and it remains at an impasse.

Additionally, sacred Indian land has recently been given to a foreign mining company. No guilt there.

I believe that 100+ treaties were broken. Some guilt there. All of this recent (often erroneous) Chumash bashing reveals that there is no guilt either.

On Some Chumash Are More Equal Than Others

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