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    Daily Digest 11/18 – Dust Storm Sweeps Over Colorado, Almonds Are Sucking California Dry

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:26 PM

Economy

Japan Is Dying And We Still Don’t Get It (Don R.)

Therefore, the sole thing QE stimulus has achieved is a wealth transfer from poorer to rich. And that’s not only the case in Japan. Mario Draghi yesterday hinted – again – at all the stuff he could start buying next year, including sovereign bonds, even though that would violate EU law. And whether or not Germany will let him in the end, the fact that he keeps the option alive even if only in theory, tells us plenty about the mindset at the ECB.

Energy and the future of food (Eric G.)

Food energy is never free. To acquire it, all animals and plants must expend energy. Plants must devote sugars and other metabolically valuable biomolecules towards the process of growth, always reaching upwards to avoid being shaded out by other plants so as to maintain their access to sunlight. They must also reach through the soil to gain access to new supplies of minerals. Animals search their surroundings for preferred foods, then defend it against their competitors.

Arctic Haboob: Dust Storm Sweeps Over Colorado (bobwise32952)

The Weather Channel explained that the dust storm – properly known as a haboob – was kicked up by high winds following behind the arctic front that is bringing cold temperatures to much of the country.

Sustainable Cloth: A Vermont designer takes up the regional textile challenge (Ishana I.)

Creating the Winter Moose fabric is about connecting masters and experts who have not worked together before. It is about learning the strengths and weaknesses of one geographic region, and helping to rebuild what has been lost. For example, the finishing techniques for woolen goods, that were part of the first mills in Vermont, are no longer available in all of New England. This is an opportunity to add new innovation to the revival of old traditions. By combining research with ingenuity, I think we can weave a community around a local industry that has a rich history in the area.

Soaking Up Greenhouse Gases Like A Sponge (Evan K.)

How can you safely dispose of an old refrigerator without letting the greenhouse gas Freon, which kept it cool, escape into the atmosphere? There have been a few efforts to address this problem, but so far all of them have fallen short.

Now, though, chemists at the University of Houston (UH) have produced a molecule that spontaneously assembles into a lightweight, spongy substance that can soak up huge quantities of many airborne pollutants.

How almonds are sucking California dry (jdargis)

While comedians joke that it’s so dry in California these days that the longest lines at Disneyland are for the water fountains – or ponder replacing the bear on the California state flag with a camel – what this place is witnessing is a dust bowl of truly Steinbeckian proportions.

Companies and water: Value diluted (Dennis C.)

IN 2013 a Chilean court ruled that Barrick of Canada, the world’s largest gold-mining firm, could not go ahead with its Pascua Lama mine until it could guarantee not to pollute downstream water or damage nearby glaciers.

3 Billion Gallons Of Fracking Wastewater Pumped Into Clean California Aquifiers: “Errors Were Made” State Admits (pinecarr)


In “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing operations, oil and gas companies use massive amounts of water to force the release of underground fossil fuels. The practice produces large amounts of waste water that must then be disposed of.

Marshall said that often times, oil and gas companies simply re-inject that waste water back deep underground where the oil extraction took place. But other times, Marshall said, the waste water is re-injected into aquifers closer to the surface. Those injections are supposed to go into aquifers that the EPA calls “exempt”—in other words, not clean enough for humans to drink or use.

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