Surferbird News-Links, 50th Edition

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Hiking the Golan Trail, cooling in the North Atlantic Ocean, evidence-based medicine, green kitchens, an early spring and more—these are highlights from today's Surferbird News-Links.

You've heard of day-old bread, right? Well, this post feels like a five-day-old Surferbird News Links! Seriously. I started writing this one over the weekend. But finally, after some tummy trouble, here it is at last. Do you know where the owl goes when she's recovering from stomach aches? She flies over to the land of geological faults and earthquakes, of course. Have I peeked your interest? Or, maybe you think I'm crazy. I'm cool with whichever. But if you can wait until the next edition of Surferbird News-Links, I'll share my special geologically interesting place with you! Yes, that's a bribe. 

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Hiking along the Golan Trail in Israel (sierraclub.org)

As long as you don't venture off the trail, everything will be fine. This was a fascinating read about a part of the world I know very little about. But please do avoid the minefields!

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Environment

Environmentalists often predict future problems before they happen  (edge.ensia.com)

Ensia launched a new multimedia platform, the first of which features environmentalists who've issued warnings long before events happen. When will governments and its citizens listen? I love taking in information this way. The images work with the storyline to make a lasting impression.

Climate change

A portion of the North Atlantic Ocean has a 50 percent chance of cooling much faster than scientists originally predicted. (climatenewsnetwork.net)

That's why scientists call it climate change, not global warming. But not everyone agrees on the rate and time frame, so I'm leaving you with that uncertainty. Still, the article points out the need for Northern Atlantic climates to prepare.

Early spring in the Southeast (U.S.) is connected to climate change, so says the U.S. Geological Survey. Here are insights that explain why. Or maybe the weather is simply having a mood swing.

By the time you read this, those of you living in the Eastern U.S. could be headed back into winter, depending on whether you live in the northern or the southern part. That's the trouble with a five-day-old blog post that includes weather. :)

Understanding the relationship between pollution and climate changes in Antarctica (climatecentral.org)

Originally published at The Guardian, this was a fascinating read. Did you know that reducing non-carbon (for example, sulfur and soot) pollution could actually reduce localized cooling because these types of particles reflect sunlight? But who wants to breath in sulfur and soot in order to do that? In Antarctica, scientists are studying the relationship between greenhouse gases and non-carbon pollution (aerosols) to better understand how they affect climate.

Food and farming

Does holistic grazing restore rangeland? (sierraclub.org)

Definitely gives us something to think about—it's a well-documented debate, one that you can read more about, here (en.wikipedia.org).

The ethics of eating meat (sierraclub.org)

I'll leave you to read this one because I know people often have strong feeling about eating meat.

Health

Evidenced-based medicine (theatlantic.com)

If you don't read any other article in this edition of Surferbird News-Links, read this one. It's long, but well worth the effort if you plan to have a say in your health care. I was mortified, though.

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Designing a green kitchen (treehugger.com)

Take a cultural walk through the history of kitchens in this excellent and informative slide-show presentation. Although more than just entertaining, the author provides valuable suggestions and tips for designing a functional, safe and aesthetically-pleasing kitchen. Both the author and I had to wonder, however, why photos of kitchens almost always feature one woman—not a man, not a woman and a man, and not even two women.

Science and technology

Seven new planets (inhabitat.com) And there's a longer version of the same story here (theguardian.com).

Really, really, old news—this is for those of you who've been hiding under a rock. In the not so distant past, I didn't read any news. Can you believe that? Friends and family told me everything. If they hadn't told me, I wouldn't have known about important discoveries like this one.

Perspectives

Living with spotty electricity near Silicon Valley (qz.com)

This insightful article on how fragile our technology is made me wistful about my not so distant past when I didn't read the news. Ahem—please see the above comment. It was the author's description of listening to the rain and giving in to the loss of technology that made me want to find a rock to hide under. But a cabin would be so much nicer.

Laura