Tag: environment

Rain, rain, go away. Come back when the season’s over.

The Environmentally Conscious [in 39 words]

The western US is a desert. Precipitation is the lifeblood that keeps the majority of its inhabitants alive. We should be prudent with our use of water, and be thankful for any rain or snow that comes our way.

The Self-Centered Fly-Fishing Prick [in 85 words]

The western US is a desert. So what! Precipitation is the lifeblood that keeps the majority of the lawns in the suburban sprawl green, but I don’t use my yard so I say xeroscape it all. Meanwhile, all this recent rain is cramping my style! The entire South Platte river system is blown out. I thought about crossing the divide but that shit is headed up too. A man cannot live on meat and potatoes alone. Nor can he via clandestine bass fishery jaunts either.

MG signing off (after proving that fly-fishers have 118% more to say than environmentalists)

A moment of silence for redfish (UPDATED)

We interrupt this regularly scheduled broadcast to send our thoughts (to the guides) and prayers (for the redfish). And both, to every other creature living on the Gulf Coast, presently in the path of a very nasty oil slick.

The movie Rise, the second production from Confluence Films, highlighted the outstanding fishery that is Louisiana. A band of good folk were portrayed, happy that Hurricane Katrina had actually improved the fishery instead of destroying it.

I’ll remain optimistic about the most recent threat, based on comments from that film about the resiliency of the area. But it is difficult. Reason? We’re now being reminded of the Valdez spill, which happened in Alaska back in 1989. And it just so happens I know that spill quite well, having worked on a damage claim project related to it early in my career. There I crunched numbers provided by Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission – fish tickets, net statistics, boat sizes…you name it. Add pictures, and it gave me an intimate, if morbid, view to what went on.

A moment of silence is in order.

UPDATE: Here is NOAA’s forecast of oil slick movement (pdf) as of 4/28. And for those who aren’t familiar with the loop current mentioned in the comments, here’s an explanation from the University of Miami’s RSMAS.

Breath fresh air – miss good news

I was fishing Wednesday, and I had an all day meeting on Friday (which unfortunately was on a river, so I couldn’t use NewsGator Go! to stay abreast). Saturday I pulled another all-dayer – there was no business talk but there was plenty of discussion regarding “life aquatica” and how to fool them. Some folks might think I missed a lot:

Interestingly, Forbes threw in a note – people aren’t visiting national parks like they use to.

Maybe they’re too busy keeping up with the news.

Environmentalists should embrace the markets

I like the outdoors as much as the granola-eating types, but get a bit aggravated when I see folks pounding the tables over it. It is a product of short-term thinking. It takes decades to create climate change, but moments for markets to react. And markets do react.

Lumber, oil and other commodities whose harvesting affect the climate are already hovering around historical highs. Top-end costs drive down demand, and the harvesting shifts gears. But that is usually not enough.

Insurance industry, enter stage left.
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