Tuesday, December 31, 2013

12/31 A Sense of Scale, light bulbs, 2014

Drumbeg Park, Gabriola Island (Laurie MacBride)
A Sense of Scale
Laurie MacBride in Eye On Environment writes: "It’s important to keep a sense of scale about our place in world. Our species holds more than its fair share of influence over our planet’s health and future. But at the same time, we humans are collectively just one tiny fragment of the vast, intricate and delicately balanced ecosystem that makes up our earthly home. Too often we get wrapped up in our own problems and plans, and lose our sense of perspective. Instead, let’s notice and honour the amazing array of life that’s all around us, every day of the year – grasses, trees and other human beings included. Here’s wishing a happy new year to all blog readers!"

Light bulb ban ignites buying bonanza
The new year ushers in a new era in home lighting in the U.S. After January 1, manufacturers can no longer make 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs. They do not meet new energy efficiency standards.  The 75 and 100 watt bulbs were already banned. That leaves consumers with three basic options; Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), light emitting diode (LED), or Halogen lights. Gary Chittim reports.

New blog: As we close out 2013, here's What I'm Looking For In 2014.  Best wishes and thanks for reading these postings. Mike Sato

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 852 PM PST MON DEC 30 2013
TUE
SW WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 7 FT AT 15 SECONDS. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN
 RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON.
TUE NIGHT
E WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 13 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. PATCHY FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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