Abbey Powell is throwing numbers around like a presidential candidate… $5 Billion? With a B?? Who keeps track of that number? This paper, which appears to be written by smart people from the Nature Conservancy doing actual research, puts the annual costs @ $1 Billion… so not insignificant. The paper also describes the sting and it also sounds significant… So Mark and Abbey best be careful about where they step…
Not totally trusting a The Nature Conservancy report I Google Scholared "red imported fire ant" + cost and found Pimentel, Zuniga and Morrison (2005). They also put the number closer to $1 billion (Table 1). Time to retire the boring and unfunny comic strip.
Pimentel, David, Rodolfo Zuniga, and Doug Morrison. "Update on the environmental and economic costs associated with alien-invasive species in the United States." Ecological economics 52, no. 3 (2005): 273-288.
There seems to be a lack of joint decision making in Weed:
Roseburg Forest Products, an Oregon-based company that owns the pine forest where the spring surfaces, is demanding that the city of Weed get its water elsewhere. ...
For the past 50 years, the company charged the city $1 a year for use of water from the Beaughan Spring. As of July, it began charging $97,500 annually. A contract signed this year directs the city to look for alternative sources.
Roseburg has not made public what it plans to do with the water it wants to take back from the city. But it already sells water to Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring, which bottles it in Weed and ships it as far away as Japan. Crystal Geyser is looking to increase its overall supply.
Residents of Weed, including the current mayor and three former mayors, say the water was always intended for municipal and domestic use and should not be sold to the highest bidder. ...
Bottled-water plants have met with resistance and in some cases protests in a number of places across California, including a Nestlé plant last year in Sacramento. In the water-rich towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta, residents have raised concerns over proposed bottling plants that they say could severely diminish local water supplies.
A measure on the ballot in the November election in Siskiyou County, where the towns are, would for the first time require that companies obtain permits to export water.
The disputes echo California’s broader water wars. Five years of drought have escalated competition among farmers, factories and residents over water use and have pitted the arid south against the more water-rich north. ...
The alternative to legal proceedings for now is to drill a new well at a cost of around $2 million, according to Ron Stock, the Weed city administrator.
Roseburg has suggested a site on its property, but city officials say it is potentially dangerous: The well would be located a few hundred yards from a former wood treatment facility that is contaminated with highly toxic chemicals including arsenic. The facility, which is managed by Roseburg, was fenced off in 1986 and has been declared a Superfund site.
Because of the complex hydrology of the area, including lava tubes that carry water in various directions under the mountains, the city would not know whether the water was safe until it drilled a test well, Mr. Stock said.
There are about 3000 residents in Weed and about half rely on this water source. To be blunt, a new well would only cost about $667 if everyone paid for it. But then, there is uncertainty about whether the new well will be successful. I need an estimate of the range of probabilities before I can do any more. That's harsh.
My name is David Knoller, and I am the Executive Producer of a new drama series entitled THE ONE PERCENT from the MRC (Media Rights Capital) the studio who produces HOUSE OF CARDS. The creators of our series are Alejandro Iñárritu, the director and writer of Birdman & The Revenant, and also from the writing team of Birdman. The series will stat Hillary Swank and Ed Helms.
It is about a patriarchal Ohio farming family who is struggling to keep their farm amid a sea of their neighbors’ GMO leased land, and which due to the loss of their son, has moved them to change to organic farming. There are a lot of other factors to the story, that if this piques interest in someone from your department to advise us, we will more than happy to provide the scripts and storylines.
We will be creating a 40 acre organic farm AND orchard, requiring transplanting of fruit trees, seeding, sowing, etc., along with building the farmhouse and creating a pond. We are doing a scout next week in the Cleveland/Northeast Ohio, and we are hoping we could persuade a very knowledgeable expert from your faculty to meet with us at a couple of farms, and enlighten us and our Production Designer Jack Fisk (Designer of The Revenant and There Will Be Blood) on things we will need to do.
We realize we are in a bit of a time crunch, seasonally speaking, if we want to commence filming in the middle of March. Assuming we will have to get to work immediately before a winter freeze.
Hillary Swank and Ed Helms?
I'm picturing a cross between Million Dollar Baby and The Hangover.
Million Dollar Hangover?
The Hungover Baby?
In Northeast Ohio.
Here's the synopsis: Set against the world of organic farming, a dysfunctional family is struggling to keep their family farm from financial ruin, until a bizarre twist of fate changes their lives forever.
Normally, a withdrawal wouldn’t raise our eyebrows, but climate scientist Gavin Schmidt pointed out on Twitter that the authors’ names are eerily similar to another pair who have published climate papers together: Ned Nikolov and Karl Zeller. Yes, that’s correct — Den Volokin and Lark ReLlez are Ned Nikolov and Karl Zeller spelled backwards. Nikolov and Zeller are currently listed as a physical scientist and a meteorologist, respectively, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ...
Volokin and ReLlez aren’t the first fake names to be used in the literature — in 1978, Polly Matzinger added the name of her dog (Galadriel Mirkwood) to a Journal of Experimental Medicinepaper, protesting the use of passive voice in scientific papers. What’s not yet clear here, however, is whether or not the authors disclosed to the journal that they were publishing under assumed names.
Hmmm. I may be doing something wrong but I think that Karl spelled backwards is Lrak, not Lark. Burn!
*Roxie is not the smartest of our pets. I'm not sure if she could actually contribute to a refereed journal article, bless her heart. Patches, on the other hand, will likely contribute more than some of my co-authors. Burn!
Last year, the NFL (Nation Football League -- American Football for those not in America) televised a national game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills. In their never ending attempt to find new ways to get fans to buy 'alternate' jerseys, the NFL has Nike design special 'Color Rush' uniforms for the game. In this case, the Bills wore solid red uniforms and the Jets wore solid green, The game was played on a solid green turf field.
During the game, here is what I posted to Facebook:
Watching the Bills/Jets game. Bills wearing all red. Jets wearing all green. Playing on a green field. Obviously the NFL doesn't care about those of us who are colorblind. I think I might have to call my ADA representative.
Expanding on last year's limited release, the NFL unveiled Nike Color Rush uniforms for all 32 teams.
After testing out the unconventional jerseys with eight squads last year, the league will wear them during Thursday Night Football games throughout the season.
The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills will wear the Color Rush uniforms this Thursday night. Their respective green and red attire caused problems for colorblind viewers last year, but the Jets will instead wear all-white jerseys to prevent another contrast controversy.
*The standard question I get when I tell someone I am colorblind.
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President Obama is set to vastly expand a marine sanctuary northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, White House officials said Thursday, creating the world’s largest protected marine area as he seeks to cement his environmental legacy in his last months in office.
Mr. Obama will travel next week to Midway Atoll, a remote spit of land within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, to recognize the designation and highlight the importance of protecting pristine lands and waters as the perils of climate change intensify.
The move, which will more than quadruple the size of the refuge and has been championed by conservationists, scientists and native Hawaiians, is the latest example of Mr. Obama’s expansive exercise of executive power to preserve public lands and waters.
“This act — to build resilience in our oceans, and sustain the diversity and productivity of sea life — could usher in a new century of conservation for our most special, and fragile, ocean areas,” said Sarah Chasis, director of the oceans program at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Using the 100-year-old Antiquities Act, which was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. Obama has protected hundreds of millions of acres in places of ecological, historical or cultural significance — more than any other American president. In 2014, he also greatly expanded the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, south and west of Hawaii. But he has often drawn criticism from Republicans for acting unilaterally.
Created by President George W. Bush in 2006, the Papahanaumokuakea monument surrounds the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and is home to an estimated 7,000 marine and terrestrial species, a quarter of which are found nowhere else on earth.
These include millions of tropical sea birds, endangered whales and sea turtles, and black coral, considered the longest-living marine species, according to information provided by the administration. Mr. Obama’s action will expand the size of the monument, which now encompasses a little less than 140,000 square miles, to more than 580,000.
Louis Agnese Jr., president of the University of the Incarnate Word, has been placed on a 90-day medical leave because of “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments,” The San Antonio Express-News reported on Thursday. ...
Mr. Agnese denied that his behavior has changed. “I will have the board send out a retraction to that [expletive] they sent out today,” Mr. Agnese told the Express-News.
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