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ecowatchorg:

Climate Change Causes Chain Reaction in Ecosystems
An ecosystem is made up of a multitude of species interacting with each other and this study has shown that many of the climate-related impacts on a given species occur as a result of changes in other species within the ecosystem, which then cascade through …
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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/15/climate-change-chain-reaction-ecosystems/

ecowatchorg:

Climate Change Causes Chain Reaction in Ecosystems

An ecosystem is made up of a multitude of species interacting with each other and this study has shown that many of the climate-related impacts on a given species occur as a result of changes in other species within the ecosystem, which then cascade through …

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/15/climate-change-chain-reaction-ecosystems/

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nprfreshair:

By Robert Jahns 

Google Reportedly Looking for Even More Office Space in New York

Notes From Last Night’s California High Speed Rail Lecture

I went to see Dan Richard, one of the head Board Members of the California High Speed Rail Association and I learned a lot about the project!

It’s been 50 years since Japan opened it’s first Bullet Train

Why build the first part in the Central Valley (As opposed to a direct line from SF to LA)

  1. Mostly flat area/Highest number of layable track
  2. Fasted growing area. 4.2 million people (More than Conneticut)
  3. Trains in this region can be tested up to 250mph
  4. Develop spine of the network.

3 out the 6 busiest Amtrak routes are in California

  1. Northeast Regional (July 2013 ridership: 687,331)
  2. Acela Express (July 2013 ridership: 276,477)
  3. Pacific Surfliner (Southern CA)  July 2013 ridership: 271,517
  4. Capitol Corridor (Northern CA) July 2013 ridership: 140,533
  5. Keystone Service (NY to Harrisburg) July 2013 ridership: 123,874
  6. San Joaquin (Central CA) July 2013 ridership: 117,348

Funding (No Planned Operating Subsidy)

Design-Build Approach the same way that brought past BART projects in on time & under budget. With 3% embedded inflation, a faster build time lowers overall costs.

Right now, a train from LA to SF in under 2 1/5 hours would already cost 15% less than the basic air fare price.

Challenges

  • Current lawsuits (At the time of the Golden Gate Bridge construction over 2,300 were files)
  • Sustained interest of government leaders
  • Stable funding source (Advances private interest)

maptacular:

There’s Been a Huge Burst of Earthquakes in a Part of Ohio That Has Never Had Them
“Last month, the state of Ohio shut down Hilcorp Energy’s major fracking operation near the Pennsylvania border after five earthquakes occurred over the course of two days, including one that reached magnitude 3. No earthquakes had ever been reported in the area, located near the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Poland, Ohio.
Now, scientists say they have evidence that links the quakes directly to Hilcorp Energy’s fracking operations. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources claimed in a statement that their scientists “believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” and have taken immediate action to shut down seven wells. The department has issued new requirements that wells drilling within three miles of a known underground geologic fault line or any location with a measured 2.0 magnitude or greater seismic event since 1999 be equipped with seismic monitors.”
Via PolicyMic

maptacular:

There’s Been a Huge Burst of Earthquakes in a Part of Ohio That Has Never Had Them

Last month, the state of Ohio shut down Hilcorp Energy’s major fracking operation near the Pennsylvania border after five earthquakes occurred over the course of two days, including one that reached magnitude 3. No earthquakes had ever been reported in the area, located near the Carbon Limestone Landfill in Poland, Ohio.

Now, scientists say they have evidence that links the quakes directly to Hilcorp Energy’s fracking operations. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources claimed in a statement that their scientists “believe the sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area,” and have taken immediate action to shut down seven wells. The department has issued new requirements that wells drilling within three miles of a known underground geologic fault line or any location with a measured 2.0 magnitude or greater seismic event since 1999 be equipped with seismic monitors.”

Via PolicyMic

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thelandofmaps:

Status of Crimea from Google Maps in Russia/United States/Ukraine [809x833]CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!thelandofmaps.tumblr.com

thelandofmaps:

Status of Crimea from Google Maps in Russia/United States/Ukraine [809x833]
CLICK HERE FOR MORE MAPS!
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Blood has once again been spilt in Ukraine. The country is on the brink of civil war.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev • Assessing the current situation in Ukraine, which has escalated once again, as two pro-Russian separatists were wounded in an encounter with Ukranian military forces in Slaviansk. The comments come as a UN report suggests that Russia’s take on the situation in the country is a tad…exaggerated. ”Although there were some attacks against the ethnic Russian community, these were neither systematic nor widespread,” the report stated. (via shortformblog)

jtotheizzoe:

One of my favorite GIFs of one of my favorite NASA visualizations to preview Monday’s It’s Okay To Be Smart and get you excited and all that jazz. Think you can guess what tomorrow’s vid is about?

Blue = sea saltGreen = organicsRed = dustWhite = sulfates

Check out the full NASA video below, featuring simulated global “stuff in the air” over a two year period on Earth. Ain’t Earth beautiful? (Even if, as in this case, it’s a 3 million processor-hour computer animation)

jtotheizzoe:

One of my favorite GIFs of one of my favorite NASA visualizations to preview Monday’s It’s Okay To Be Smart and get you excited and all that jazz. Think you can guess what tomorrow’s vid is about?

Blue = sea salt
Green = organics
Red = dust
White = sulfates

Check out the full NASA video below, featuring simulated global “stuff in the air” over a two year period on Earth. Ain’t Earth beautiful? (Even if, as in this case, it’s a 3 million processor-hour computer animation)

(via climate-changing)

policymic:

10,000 people marched in Moscow to protest Russia’s state media coverage of Ukraine

All eyes are on eastern Ukraine as separatists demand to secede from the country and join Russia. But even as Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys a tide of favorable opinion, he may have some trouble brewing closer to home.

On Sunday, 10,000 people took to the streets of Moscow to protest the state media’s coverage in eastern Ukraine. Waving the Ukrainian flag, protesters at the anti-Kremlin “March for Truth” demanded greater transparency and objectivity in Russian news, as well as protection for independent journalists who speak out against the state.

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Super excited to attend the California #HighSpeedRail event tonight hosted by the #CommonwealthClub in #SF!  (at The Commonwealth Club of California)

Super excited to attend the California #HighSpeedRail event tonight hosted by the #CommonwealthClub in #SF! (at The Commonwealth Club of California)

mapsontheweb:

"Most Valuable Squares" — areas that produce more than $100 billion
atrubetskoy:


This map has the Robinson projection divided into 18,620 squares, showing which ones produce more than US$100 billion in GDP, according to Brookings in 2012.
It should be noted that because the Robinson projection is not equal-area, the squares are not equal in actual size.

mapsontheweb:

"Most Valuable Squares" — areas that produce more than $100 billion

atrubetskoy:

This map has the Robinson projection divided into 18,620 squares, showing which ones produce more than US$100 billion in GDP, according to Brookings in 2012.

It should be noted that because the Robinson projection is not equal-area, the squares are not equal in actual size.

We want to create an environment where people want to walk in, want to bike in and want to take transit in. And that is not a sea of surface parking lots.
webuiltthiscity:

Rooftop garden at the Fairmont Hotel

webuiltthiscity:

Rooftop garden at the Fairmont Hotel

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theatlantic:

The Sad, Slow Death of America’s Retail Workforce

Retail sales just notched their best month since 2012 and the industry has added almost one million jobs since 2010. But the rosy headline stats obscure a more complex and potentially troubling story in retail—particularly for its employees.  
The business of selling stuff is becoming much more efficient. Sales-per-employee have gone from $12,00 to $25,000 in the last two decades. That means that even as consumers spend more, we need fewer workers to stock shelves and process orders.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

The Sad, Slow Death of America’s Retail Workforce

Retail sales just notched their best month since 2012 and the industry has added almost one million jobs since 2010. But the rosy headline stats obscure a more complex and potentially troubling story in retail—particularly for its employees.  

The business of selling stuff is becoming much more efficient. Sales-per-employee have gone from $12,00 to $25,000 in the last two decades. That means that even as consumers spend more, we need fewer workers to stock shelves and process orders.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]