Tag Archives: weather
Rebuilding from the recent Sonoma County floods
by Adam Taggart
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 2:15 PM
In late February, Sonoma County California experienced intense flooding causing several hundred millions of dollars in damage. Fortunately loss of life was very low relative to the fires that ravaged the same region the year before.
In this week's podcast, we talk with Adam Parks, whom we've interviewed previously about sourcing and preparing sustainably-raised meat (he operates a meat CSA in Sonoma County). Adam's business in Sebastopol, CA was hit hard by the flooding, and he graciously paused his recovery efforts to give us a play-by-play account of what happened during the disaster and how Sonoma County is recovering from the floods.
This is a little different from our usual fare, but is an instructive reminder that disasters strike without warning, and that when they do, most people and businesses are caught completely unawares.
The latest on what science has to say
by Adam Taggart
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 9:27 PM
Mark Cochrane, Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the Geospatial Science Center of Excellence at South Dakota State University, returns to the podcast after a year and a half to update us on what the latest science has to tell us on the (often controversial) topic of climate change.
Mark has been researching the climate for over 20 years, and among his many other accomplishments, moderates what we believe to be the most level-headed, open-minded and data-centric discussion forum on climate change available on the Internet today.
In this week's podcast, Mark updates us on the latest empirical data, separates out what science can and cannot prove today regarding climate change, and provides clarity into closely-related but less well-understood issues, such as ocean acidification.
We are killing the ecosystems we depend on
by Adam Taggart
Friday, December 5, 2014, 11:54 PM
Following up on the previous chapter focusing on human-caused resource depletion, the other disheartening part of the story of the environment concerns the things we humans put back into it, and the impact they have on the ecosystems that support all of life — ours included.
Like the economy, ecosystems are complex systems. That means that they owe their complexity and order to energy flows and, most importantly, they are inherently unpredictable. How they will respond to the change by a thousand rapid insults is unknown and literally unknowable.
Daily PrepWinter Walk
Steps and checklists to get yourself ready for the cold
Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:09 PM
With the latest round of Polar Vortex weather and extreme cold hitting many parts of the country, it is a good idea to refresh you knowledge of Winter preparedness and review your supplies and preps before you need to use them.
Here are a number of tips and lists to help you become more prepared for winter: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather
Or so we're being told
by Chris Martenson
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:55 AM
It's just another day in the spin factory so let's have some fun with it.
Lately 'bad weather' was cited as the reason that Walmart and FedEx earnings were disappointing. If it isn't 'one-time' charges that happen every quarter being removed from reported results, it's the weather being blamed for somehow hurting operations.
Using your environment to know what to expect
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 9:00 PM
Is it happening? And what can we do?
by Adam Taggart
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 5:12 PM
In this week's podcast, Chris sits down with Mark Cochrane to discuss global climate change.
Mark is a professor and senior research scientist at the Geospatial Science Center of Excellence (the GSCE) at South Dakota State University. He is also the creator of Peak Prosperity's excellent forum thread on climate change.
In this interview, Chris and Mark explore the science behind the study of climate change, what it tells us, and what steps individuals concerned about the trend can take.
Daily DigestImage by wharman, Flickr Creative Commons
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 2:49 PM
- Back to Basics – Gold, Silver, and the Economy
- "Major Shocks Will Become The Norm From Now On"
- US targets digital currency in huge fraud probe
- OECD: Europe's Recession Threatens Entire Global Economy
- ‘A disaster in slow motion’: Wine country latest California region to face fiscal crisis
- How Islamist militancy threatens Africa
- China's dead pig scandal ushers in hard times for fishermen and hog farmers
- Portland, Maine Doctor Forgoes Insurance To Provide Affordable Care To Community
- GMO lose Europe – victory for environmental organisations
- Weather disasters increasing, insurance industry warns
- GM salmon can breed with wild fish and pass on genes
- Oops: Europe’s green mandates have resulted in more imported coal and wood consumption
- Harper government nixed reviews for some oil sands projects following warnings of water disruption
- Corn Growers Turn to Pesticides After Genetically Modified Seeds Fail
- In China, 'cancer villages' a reality of life
- Officials: NM ranch had 1,000 emaciated cattle
History warns we're sleepwalking towards collapse
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 12:13 AM
For most people, the collapse of civilizations is a subject much more appetizingly viewed in the rearview mirror than straight ahead down whatever path or roadway we are on.
Jared Diamond wrote about the collapse of earlier civilizations to great acclaim and brisk sales, in a nimbus of unimpeachable respectability. The stories he told about bygone cultures gone to seed were, above all, dramatic. No reviewers or other intellectual auditors dissed him for suggesting that empires inevitably run aground on the shoals of resource depletion, population overshoot, changes in the weather, and the diminishing returns of complexity.
Yet these are exactly the same problems that industrial-technocratic societies face today, and those of us who venture to discuss them are consigned to a tin-foil-hat brigade, along with the UFO abductees and Bigfoot trackers. This is unfortunate, but completely predictable, since the sunk costs in all the stuff of daily life (freeways, malls, tract houses) are so grotesquely huge that letting go of them is strictly unthinkable. We’re stuck with a very elaborate setup that has no future, but we refuse to consider the consequences…