Roundup: Climate Change and Poetic Geology

Trump Administration Disbands Climate Advisory Committee

From Nature: “The advisory group’s charter expired on 20 August, and Trump administration officials informed members late last week that it would not be renewed. ‘It really makes me worried and deeply sad,’ says Richard Moss, a climate scientist at the University of Maryland in College Park and co-chair of the committee. ‘It’s another thing that is just part of the political football game.'”

Read more about this political football here.

Trump administration will not renew the charter for the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (Source: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons).


A Climate Change Adaptation Laboratory

From the Washington Post: “Lake Palcacocha is a mile long and 250 feet deep, and the effect of a large avalanche would be similar to dropping a bowling ball in a bathtub. Modeling scenarios predict a 100-foot wave so powerful it would blow out the dam. Three billion gallons of ice water would go roaring down the mountain toward the city of Huaraz, burying its 200,000 residents under an Andean tsunami of mud, trees and boulders.”

Read more about lessons from the laboratory here.

As glacial melt flows into Lake Palcacocha, these plastic pipes prevent Huaraz from burial by mudslides (Source: Niels Ackermann/Lundi13).


Clarence King’s Glacial Poetics

From CEA Critic: “What is unusual, especially given what is most obvious to the viewer, is King’s choice to write so little about the serpentine path of the glacier, one that climbs its way easterly towards Shasta’s peak. Perhaps surprised by the discovery, King is more subdued in his description, foregoing hyperbole and remaining more artistically constrained.”

Read more about the geologist’s mastery of language here.

Clarence King, first director of the U.S. Geological Survey, is remembered for his mastery of language (Source: USGS).

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