Martha and the Vandellas would have loved it. Metaphorically speaking, the New York Times practically swooned over it. (“An unforgiving heat wave held much of the West in a sweltering embrace over the weekend, tying or breaking temperature records in several cities, grounding flights, sparking forest fires, and contributing to deaths.”) It was a “deadly” heat wave, a “record” one that, in headlines everywhere, left the West and later the rest of the country “sweltering,” and that was, again in multiple headlines, “scary.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 16, 2013 7:30 am|
So where does all that information the NSA is collecting on Americans and the world go? One place will be the NSA’s massive new spying complex in Utah. Apparently all that data takes a toll on the computers as it has been reported that the center requires 1.7 million gallons of water a day to operate.
|By: DSWright Monday April 22, 2013 11:15 am|
Peter Brabeck, the Chairman of Nestle Group, has a theory about how the world should work regarding access to water and he would like to share his theory (of not sharing).
Brabeck is not a fan of nature, at least not as it is understood today. Saying man can now provide “balance to nature.” Brabeck disparages the “organic movement” and those opposing genetically modified food saying he prefers the American system which, he claims, has not produced a single case of illness. Brabeck may be omitting or may genuinely not know that no one in the US could document such a case of illness, even if it occurred, because GM food is not labeled in America. Brabeck suggests Europeans should cast aside their organic inclinations and adopt the American system.
|By: Barry Eisler Saturday December 15, 2012 1:59 pm|
Anyone who has life insurance, health insurance, or fire insurance already understands the idea of preparing for a bad event you hope won’t happen, so I’m often surprised by how reluctant otherwise thoughtful people are to consider what they might do to make sure they and their loved ones are better prepared for an emergency. We had Katrina in New Orleans, we saw what happened in Japan after the Touhouku quake and tsunami in Japan, we just had Hurricane Sandy in the northeast, and there are countless other examples, some relatively small, some major, that provide ample proof that civilization and its protections and comforts aren’t things we ought to take for granted.
If you’re here today, you’re already sensibly concerned, and having read Mat’s book, I can guarantee you’re about to acquire valuable information that combined with your existing concern will make you better prepared.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 19, 2012 3:22 pm|
The fracking boom happened so quickly that nobody had any time to deal with the consequences. Not only did politicians not anticipate regulations, allowing the industry to operate in a kind of free-fire zone, but the industry didn’t recognize the massive amounts of limited resources they would need to continue fracking in the future. Specifically, they didn’t estimate the water needs.
Fracking requires enormous amounts of water. To frack 35,000 wells for one year, you need roughly 70 billion to 140 billion gallons of water, the amount used by all the citizens of any of the largest cities in America, like Chicago. There’s a limit to how much water will be available over time without just wresting it away from drinking supplies and other human needs, short of draining the oceans (hey, there’s one way to combat sea level rise, just skim it all for fracking!). And a lot of fracking takes place in remote areas without access to that much water without trucking it in. So it has just dawned on the industry that they might want to try to recycle their wastewater.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 28, 2012 2:50 pm|
The biggest reason for the decline in greenhouse gas emissions in the US over the past couple years is the replacement of dirty coal with natural gas to generate electricity. But this will not last if the fracking that has unlocked so much natural gas leads to the release of underground methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Among all the other pollutants we’re seeing in the water supply of areas with a high frequency of fracking, we’re starting to see lots of methane out there.
|By: SouthernDragon Monday August 27, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 2:05 pm|
Marcy Wheeler alerts me to the huge economic consequences of the drought of 2012 as it relates to the Mississippi River. Since those canny Ron Paul supporters shut down the NAFTA Superhighway, the might Mississippi remains the key shipping highway connecting north and south in America. And because of the drought, the water level has dropped so significantly, that barges have to delay their passage.
|By: David Dayen Friday August 3, 2012 8:51 am|
The House of Representatives passed their one-year drought relief bill by a relatively thin margin yesterday, 223-197. They needed 35 votes from Democrats to get it across the line, as 46 Republicans begged off the bill. Here’s the roll call.
The House passed this on the last possible day of the session before the August recess, and the Senate did not get around to passage. So there will be no immediate disaster relief coming for livestock producers suffering under a price spike due to corn shortages.