Bears Ears

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Cedar Mesa Monument, Public Domain (BLM)

Bears Ears is a place of power. Anyone who has walked this erosional landscape of buttes and mesas and experienced the embrace of red rock canyons animated by the handprints of the ancient ones carefully placed on sandstone walls rising upward to a starlit sky cannot stand by and be witness to its demise by those who care only for what the land can produce, the real estate that can be sold, or the commodity it can become.
From Utah’s Red Rock Desert, A Call for Protecting Our Public Lands, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (Yale Environment 360), February 26, 2018 by Terry Tempest Williams

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The red color indicates warm temperature anomalies, the blue color indicates cold temperature anomalies.

The Arctic and Greenland are experiencing extremely warm temperatures while Europe, Russia, and areas further east have extremely cold temperatures.

Food Safety: It’s for the Dogs (too)

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Bluetick Coonhound, Public Domain

The Food and Drug Administration and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are investigating what FDA describes as a ‘pattern of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.’

FDA has received a total of six complaints of illness in animals who were fed the raw pet foods, including the death of one kitten. Salmonella recovered from the kitten was indistinguishable from the Salmonella found in a closed package of Darwin’s food from the same lot that was fed to the animal, according to the agency.

People who handle contaminated pet food and anything it touches, including counter tops, utensils and pet bowls, are at risk of contracting infections from pathogens such as Salmonella. Infected pets, which don’t always show symptoms, can transfer Salmonella infection to people.
FDA, State Investigate Darwin’s Pet Food after Illnesses, Death, Food Safety News, February 14, 2018 by Phyllis Entis

 

Let’s Gut the Weather Service!

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After a year of devastating hurricanes, weather-induced wildfires, and widespread drought the Trump administration’s budget proposes an eight percent drop in the NWS budget. Where will we get our forecasts from, for-profit commercial providers? Keep in mind that Accuweather, The Weather Channel, etc. were not the entities that launched the next generation weather satellite systems.

Fresh on the heels of the costliest year on record for weather disasters, with economic damages exceeding $300 billion in the United States, the Trump administration has proposed cutting the National Weather Service’s budget by about 8 percent. It also recommends eliminating 355 jobs at the agency, including 248 forecasting positions.

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Additional proposed cuts at the Weather Service, part of the overall $75 million reduction, include:

  • A $15 million cut in the surface and marine observations program, which includes data points that provide information on ocean cycles such as El Nino.
  • An $11 million cut to the agency’s tsunami warning program.
  • A $14 million cut to its science and technology integration activities, which would decrease investments in weather and water modeling and some supporting evaluation.

Trump administration proposes 8 percent budget cut at National Weather Service, reduction in staff, The Washington Post, by Jason Samenow, February 12, 2018.