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Warmer oceans make stronger waves.  

If you are a surfer stuck with mediocre beaches, this is an asset.

But to most swimmers, some boaters, people with beach property, and everyone who wants the sand to stay put instead of washing away, it's a bad thing.  Also it's hard on beach wildlife such as grunion and turtles because heavier surf impedes their reproductive successes.
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This article predicts wilder weather due to climate change.  I've been warning people all along that the Earth can move blindingly fast at times, and that we don't know how the system works that we're messing with, so forget precision in prediction.  You'll have to be satisfied with "FUBAR." 

Also, I have no faith in this new information altering public policy.  Mostly politicians want to stave off change as long as possible. They have that power.  They won't change unless forced to.  As climate change is already upon us and we are long past the point where doing anything about it would mitigate the changes to bearable levels, continuing to fuck around will likely result in a "beyond all recognition" scenario. 

Worth mentioning: impact of sea level rise depends primarily on two factors: total height above sea level and degree of slope.  Nations with a low maximum height (the Maldives is just a few meters at most) and/or a very gradual slope will be largely or wholly inundated.  Those whose coast consists of tall steep cliffs needn't worry on that point.
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Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that can reduce food scraps -- including meat and dairy as well as vegetables -- into highly acidic "pre-compost." Normally this is dug into a garden, but it shouldn't come into direct contact with plant roots immediately. This made me think of two other applications.

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This fulfills a [community profile] snowflake_challenge wish from [personal profile] independence1776. I thought other folks might enjoy it.

Sustainability tips for beginners:




Calculate your environmental footprint to learn where you could make changes:





Capsule wardrobes exist in many variations. The core idea is to assemble a small set of clothes that suit all your needs, thus saving you a ton of space and money while reducing the resources you soak up. Even if you don't go all the way, this is a super useful technique for packing your luggage.







Sustainable travel:





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[personal profile] technoshaman tipped me to this video about undamming the Sandy River.  How fast do you think it will return to normal?  How long will it take to empty the reservoir?  To wash away decades of silt?  To see fish swim past where the dam used to be?  Make your estimates and then watch to see what happens.

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 ... heterodyne.  Duh.  Hence the raging wildfires mentioned recently.
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 ... relates to its generalist specialist status.  That is, the species Homo sapiens has a generalist pool that can rapidly adapt to many different specialized niches.  The article is still groping for an answer.  It's pretty obvious from a quick peek at global culture, though.  Where animals are limited to biological adaptations, which are slow, humans can use technological and behavioral ones, which can move much faster.  We see a little behavioral adaptation in animals but they are largely restricted to biology.  Humans can use intelligence to circumvent  instincts -- not always a long-term advantage, as seen in shift workers, but good for short-term survival.  Then biological adaptation follows along behind, and we see little things like Tibetan resistance to altitude sickness.
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The Mendocino complex of fires is now the largest in California's history.  This sort of thing will only get worse as global warming advances.  For a while, anyway.  Eventually the backlog of flammable material built up by unwise policies will be exhausted, leaving only the small amounts of annually accumulated fuels.  Deserts are much less flammable than forests.
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 ... has negative impacts long after the trees grow back.  Well, duh.  A diligent human can make a cubic yard of soil in about 2 weeks, and a lazy one can do it in 6 months, with composting.  But nature takes about 100 years to make an inch-thick layer.  That means depleted nutrients in soil don't regenerate at all quickly.  So look at the ancient Mayan civilization, where poor farming choices contributed to the downfall of the civilization; and compare that to modern people making similar mistakes on a much larger scale.  We have scads of examples where this happened, yet people refuse to learn from the past.

The stupid, it burns like hydrogen.
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 Another nasty sign of climate change: when the weather is bad and stays that way for long enough to do serious damage.
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 The chemicals are persistent in the environment and chain up through the food pyramid, killing apex predators.
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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "water" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.

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As plastic breaks down into tiny particles, it affects smaller species.  If it chains down to zooplankton, then the oceans could die; and if the oceans die, we die.  Because this is one earth, one water, one air.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "The Big One." I'll be soliciting ideas for superheroes, supervillains, gray capes, nonhuman soups, blue-plate specials, naries, first responders, citizen responders, hapless victims, Pacific Northwest and Californian tribes, scientists and other folks specializing in seismic or related issues, military forces, clergy, traveling, taking cover, running for your life, searching for survivors, rescuing people, counseling, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, asking questions, learning what you can do, fault lines, earthquake shelters, cities in ruins, smashed landmarks, liminal zones, old-growth forests, beaches, sandspits, marshes, tsunami inundation zones, deserts, mountains, roads in various states of repair and disrepair, buildings, airports, harbors and bays, docks, ships, inner space, the subconscious, churches or temples, triage areas, counseling centers, alarms, photogenic megaquakes, tsunamis, landslides, liquefication, fires, floods, earthquake-resistant furniture, unforseen circumstances, emergency tools and supplies, physical first aid, emotional first aid, self-help, personal growth, different schools of therapy, therapeutic tools, trauma, fear, grief, horror, helplessness, traumatic, stress, when the whole world changes out from under you, superpower manifestation, things that can be detected and/or fixed with superpowers that are difficult or impossible to address without them, and poetic forms in particular.

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