The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

Last week the governor ordered a state agency to stop issuing fracking permits to oil drillers, starting as of 2024. This is less of a big deal than it seems. Hydraulic fracturing is rarely used in California because the permitting process was tightened in 2014 and because our earthquake-shaken rocks are already well fractured, and […]

The twilight of California oil — Oakland Geology

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

The New Yorker has an article that cuts to the chase about what humans need to do to deal with Climate Change. It talks about the need to stop burning things and the fallacy in policies that treat biomass as “carbon-neutral”. If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it […]

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

Microplastic pollution has reached every part of the planet — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

Minuscule plastic particles in the lungs of pregnant rodents pass quickly into the hearts, minds and different organs of their embryos, research shows. It is the primary examination in a live warm blooded creature to show that the placenta doesn’t impede such particles. The examinations likewise showed that the rodent babies presented to the particles […]

Microplastic pollution has reached every part of the planet — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH

How Many Fish Are Eating Plastic — Natural History Wanderings

The Revelator reports A new study reveals that certain kinds of fish are more likely to have ingested plastic — including hundreds of species people depend on for food. Read about study at  New Research Shows Just How Many Fish Are Eating Plastic • The Revelator

How Many Fish Are Eating Plastic — Natural History Wanderings

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently updated its red list of endangered species. Their assessment of  71,576 species concludes that 21,286 are now threatened with extinction. Some of their recent updates serious declines in the population of the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), a close relative of the giraffe, unique to the rainforests of […]

Endangered Species Updates — Natural History Wanderings

Kern County, California, approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings

KTLA reports A plan to fast-track drilling of thousands of new oil and gas wells over the next 15 years in California’s prime oil patch was approved Monday by Kern County officials over objections by environmental groups. The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve a revised ordinance supported by the influential petroleum […]

Kern County approves plan to allow thousands of new oil wells despite environmental objections — Natural History Wanderings

No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports A missed deadline for flights to look for polar bears means the work to locate oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is effectively killed. An Alaska Native group failed to meet a critical deadline as part of its proposal to conduct a seismic survey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the […]

No Drilling in Alaskan Arctic Refuge  — Natural History Wanderings

Biden Moves to Dial Down America’s Soaring Methane Emissions  — Natural History Wanderings

The Revelator reports Experts say the new administration can jumpstart climate protections by taking on rising methane emissions, but it won’t be easy or quick. Methane — an invisible and odorless gas — makes up just a tiny trace of the Earth’s atmosphere and survives in the air for only about 10 years before degrading. […]

Biden Moves to Dial Down America’s Soaring Methane Emissions  — Natural History Wanderings

A large number of gray whales are starving and dying in the eastern North Pacific  — Natural History Wanderings

ScienceDaily reports It is now the third year that gray whales have been found in very poor condition or dead in large numbers along the west coast of Mexico, USA and Canada, and scientist have raised their concerns. An international study suggests that starvation is contributing to these mortalities. Read more at  A large number […]

A large number of gray whales are starving and dying in the eastern North Pacific  — Natural History Wanderings

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands

John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]

What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands