Thursday, November 8, 2018

11/8 Shaggy mane, whale-watch ban, kids' climate case, reinvented toilet, climate change votes, Big Oil

Shaggy mane [Dick Culbertson/Wikimedia]
Shaggy Mane Coprinus comatus
Shaggy mane is found in spring or fall after rain in the open, on the ground, in gravel by roadsides, near garbage dumps or in decaying sawdust near old logging roads. It is a well-known, edible mushroom of good flavor and consistency when young. It is easily distinguished from other inky caps by its height and conspicuously scaly-cap. (The New Savory Wild Mushroom)

Washington task force calls for whale-watching boat tour ban
The Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily ban commercial whale-watching boat tours. The group advising the governor voted Tuesday to recommend a three- to five-year moratorium in order to reduce boating traffic and help orcas hunting for food. Orcas have hit the lowest numbers in more than three decades, capturing global attention as starvation has caused their deaths. Just 74 animals remain in the area. Researchers say reducing boat traffic must be the first step to mitigating the problem because white noise makes it difficult for them to find salmon. Critics say the move doesn’t address their dwindling food supply, and that barge and commercial fishing boats are far louder. The task force previously considered creating a permit system for commercial whale-watching trips. (Associated Press) See also: Learning From Gorillas to Save Killer Whales  Kat Kerlin writes. (UC Davis)

Trump Administration Again Asks Court To Scrap Climate Change Case
For the fourth time, the Trump administration is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order dismissal of a youth-led climate case that could go to trial in Eugene. Government attorneys filed an emergency motion with the appeals court late Monday. A spokesman for the Department of Justice indicated to The Register-Guard last Friday that the government would continue trying to keep the case from going to trial. Jack Moran reports. (Eugene Register-Guard)

Sedron develops new toilet technology
Sedron Technologies — formerly Janicki Bioenergy — revealed this week a new self-sustaining toilet design at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing. The toilet, developed with funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, operates without any plumbing, Sedron Technologies President Sara Van Tassel said. Once flushed, waste from the toilet is heated, evaporating the water and killing pathogens, Van Tassel said. The dried solids are then burned to create steam to generate electricity for the household and to power the toilet. The excess heat is used to dry incoming waste, while excess water is used to flush the toilet. Julia-Grace Sanders reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Efforts to Fight Climate Change Had a Tough Election Day
On Election Day, the House went to the Democrats, the Senate to the Republicans, and only two of seven climate-related measures on ballots across the country went in the planet’s favor. Floridians passed one of the strangest, Amendment 9, which bans both indoor vaping at work and offshore fossil-fuel drilling. Nevadans said yes to Question 6, which requires the state’s electricity providers to source half of their energy from renewable sources by 2030, but they also voted to allow utilities to retain their monopolies. In the rest of the country, the tens of millions of dollars that industry spent to protect the status quo prevailed. Carolyn Kormann reports. (New Yorker) See also: Up Against Big Oil in the Midterms  The election produced some wins for the climate, but also underscored the power of the fossil fuel industry. Bill McKibben writes. (NY Times)
Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  228 AM PST Thu Nov 8 2018   

TODAY  E wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 3 ft  at 10 seconds. 

TONIGHT  E wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 or 2 ft. W swell 2 ft  at 12 seconds. A chance of rain after midnight.

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