Trump blames California’s water policies for wildfires

A President bullying people and a state in a time of utter disaster and devastation, blaming them for events that are beyond their control.  Such cruelty and callous disregard for loss of life, property and dignity is totally un-presidential behaviour, yet sadly, such has seemingly become the norm for this administration.

by Timothy Cama – The Hill 

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President Trump is solidifying his opposition to California’s environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state’s historic wildfires.

Trump initiated the spat on Sunday when he tweeted that the fires “are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws,” which cause water to be “diverted into the Pacific Ocean,” and prevent trees from being cleared.

Read the full article from The Hill here.

This Deer Just Trying to Stay Cool Did Some Laps in a Pool — TIME

Look, we’re all going through it with the summer heat wave. All of us: adults, children, dogs… deer. That’s certainly the case for one New Jersey woodland creature who decided to take a dip in a residential pool earlier this week, just chilling amongst the pool floaties in an apparent attempt to beat the all-consuming…

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White House Proposal Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards, No Exception For California — News : NPR

A huge step backwards for people and the planet.  Short-sighted and mean-spirited.  Read the NPR’s full article using the link below.

Government agencies have released a proposal to freeze fuel economy and emissions requirements for six years. The proposed rules would also block California from setting its own, higher standards.(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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Southern Alberta crops suffer as farmers contend with driest soil in 50 years – CBC News

by Sarah Rieger

a large green field: Much of southern Alberta has been experiencing a soil moisture deficit since last summer, according to an agro-meteorologist.
Enter a cap© Grasslands Project Much of southern Alberta has been experiencing a soil moisture deficit since last summer, according to an agro-meteorologist.


“Southern Alberta farmers will be praying for thunderstorms to get their crops through this dry season, as they contend with a serious moisture deficit that stems back to last summer.

“There just isn’t that soil moisture to carry the crops, ideally, through until that next rainfall event,” said Ralph Wright, head of agro-meteorological applications and modelling with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.” 

Read the full article here.

A Few More Bad Apples: As The Climate Changes, Fruit Growing Does, Too — News : NPR

Apple growing is a ruthless business obsessed with good looks. Higher temperatures affect every part of of the fruit’s life cycle, from more pests to changing color — and can even give them sunburn.(Image credit: Jake Rajs/Getty Images)

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Spring Is Springing Sooner, Throwing Nature’s Rhythms Out Of Whack

A warming climate is knocking nature’s rhythms out of sync. High in the Rocky Mountains, scientists have been tracking the impact for decades.(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR)

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Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures — News : NPR

Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. By the time they’re ready, the babies have missed the best food.(Image credit: Thomas Lameris/NIOO-KNAW)

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How Climate Change Threatens Tropical Birds

Hot climate conditions reduce survival of tropical birds, UWindsor study says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/hot-climate-conditions-reduce-survival-tropical-birds-uwindsor-1.4653492

Floating Sunscreen-Like Film Could Protect the Great Barrier Reef

By blocking some of the sunlight hitting the reefs, conservationists hope to dial down the rapid decline of coral.

Read Complete article from National Geographic News here

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