Friday, July 19, 2019

Loose Feathers #706

Yellow-headed Blackbird / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Loose Feathers #705

Tree Swallow / my photo
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  • While the DNC still has not approved an official climate debate for the 2020 election cycle, a group of journalists and environmental groups will host a climate summit in September.
  • One way that climate change is changing hurricanes, like the one due to hit Louisiana this weekend, is by making them wetter.
  • Restoring forests could absorb a significant amount of carbon, but scientists disagree on how large the benefit would be. 
  • A company that planned to do aerial surveys of Arctic NWR now says it will not do them. The Interior Department is still determined to sell drilling leases in the refuge.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Loose Feathers #704

Canada Geese / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Loose Feathers #703

Western Tanager / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Loose Feathers #702

Wilson's Phalarope / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, June 07, 2019

Loose Feathers #701

Great Blue Heron / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Loose Feathers #700

Great Black-backed Gull / Photo by Amanda Boyd/USFWS
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  • Climate change is uncovering the bodies of dead hikers on Mount Everest and may make the ascent more difficult in the future as its snowpack and glaciers continue to melt.
  • A concerning trend is the rise of extinction denialism, usually working in parallel with climate change denialism. 
  • Even though Trump administration officials seem to understand that climate change is real, they have been doing all they can to suppress any use of climate science
  • One example of that is their farcical attempt to rebrand natural gas as "freedom gas."
  • Two proposed natural gas pipelines in Virginia have run into legal trouble because of shortcuts the companies used (with the cooperation of regulators) to get their pipelines approved. 
  • The Interior Department postponed a plan to lease lands near Chaco Canyon for fossil fuel drilling.
  • States in the Colorado River's watershed recently agreed to a new framework for dividing the river's water, but a new round of negotiations may be more contentious.
  • A former government employee says that he was pressured by the Trump administration to approve development plans no matter the environmental consequences. 
  • The towns of Brigantine, Avalon, and Stone Harbor in New Jersey are banning plastic bags as of this weekend.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Loose Feathers #699

Turkey and Black Vultures / photo by me
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Loose Feathers #698

Upland Sandpiper / Photo by Jennifer Strickland/USFWS
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Friday, May 10, 2019

Loose Feathers #697

Willet / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, May 03, 2019

Loose Feathers #696

Green-winged Teal / Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Loose Feathers #695

Green-winged Teal / Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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