Got bad allergies this year? Blame it on the weather

This year I was diagnosed with asthma and evidently I have it bad. What’s the cause? Allergies. Lots of rain and late season snow have made grasses and trees that normally bloom at different times of the year bloom at the same time. It’s nice that everything is a verdant green at the same time…

Forty Years Too Late

Most won’t remember the huge legal battle that preceded the building of the New Melones Dam where rafters, Sierra Club and other groups fought to save miles of riparian waterline along the Stanislaus River. Now, 40 years after New Melones Dam was built and miles of river and riparian habitat were destroyed, one little fish…

Sea Ice Retreat Largest Ever

NASA released data today showing the extent the arctic sea ice, located over the North Pole, had diminished due to rising global temperatures. The decline in sea ice is the largest since satellites were first used to monitor thec conditions of the worlds ice packs over 20 years ago. National Snow and Ice Data Center:…

En Masse Bigfoot Sightings Spur Investigation

A rash of recent big foot sightings in rural India is prompting authorities to investigate. What makes these sightings different is almost all have been within the last month. Discovery Channel: “The bizarre sightings have been made in the Garo hills area of Meghalaya state, close to the borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan, with villagers…

Castro Proposes Energy Savings Over U.S. Biofuel Dependancy

Here’s something interesting from the web. Cuban President Fidel Castro has published some articles in Granma, the Cuban daily newspaper, pointing out what should be apparent to every American, trading our dependency on foreign oil for a dependency on biofuels will only hurt us in the end. Caribbean Net News: “Castro and his Venezuelan counterpart…

Dolphins singing ‘Batman’ theme

ABC.net.au: Scientists have taught dolphins to combine both rhythm and vocalisations to produce music, resulting in an extremely high-pitched, short version of the Batman theme song. The findings, outlined in two studies, are the first time that nonhuman mammals have demonstrated they can recognise rhythms and reproduce them vocally. Photo courtesy of Stacina. Tags: nature,…

Back From The Brink of Extinction

Mercury News: “In the latest step toward bringing back North America’s largest bird from near-extinction, three endangered California condors raised in captivity are scheduled to be released Saturday at Pinnacles National Monument, south of Hollister. Over the next several weeks, four other condors also will be released at Pinnacles, an expanse of rocky outcroppings 80…

The Pacific Northwest is Moving. Did You Feel It?

Live Science: An important seismic event imperceptible to humans has begun in the Pacific Northwest as predicted, according to the government agency Geological Survey of Canada. The chance of a major earthquake is 30 times higher now for a roughly two-week period, but the odds are still remote, scientists say. The event is called episodic…

Judge Stops Logging On National Monument

Some of the worlds largest and oldest trees have been saved the saw after a federal judge issued an injunction and questioned the lumber companies reasons for not cutting the trees when originally given permission. Mercury News: “A federal judge halted the Bush administration’s bid to keep logging 2,000 acres in Giant Sequoia National Monument,…