Over Easy: 2600 Miles in 4 Minutes
Andy Davidhazy hiked the Pacific Trail and snapped a selfie every mile- and the video became viral. The music is by Martin Sexton. Ecowatch reports that Andy is now working on a film, Lost or Found.
Ecowatch is also reporting that 9 States Report Record Low Snowpack Amid Epic Drought:
California gets most of the attention in drought news coverage because so much of the state is in exceptional drought—the highest level—but 72 percent of the Western U.S. is experiencing drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor data.
The only areas that are unaffected are the higher elevations in the Rockies, and the interior of Alaska, according to the report.
Even as Californians grapple with the worst drought in history, some residents, including ranchers are wondering why the fracking industry apparently gets a free pass to use – and pollute- the groundwater. In an article titled “Fracking and Big Ag Are Polluting 80 Percent of the Groundwater in California,” Jacqueline Marcus for Buzzflash at Truthout writes:
Ranchers would also like to know why fracking has a free pass to use up to 80 percent of the diminishing groundwater, while at the same time there’s not enough grass to feed horses and cattle. Why is the so-called “green” Governor giving the fossil fuel industry a free pass?
The governor is well versed on the causes of global warming. He has a comprehensive understanding that fossil fuel “greenhouse gas emissions” are at the root cause of producing what could be a permanent drought. How dire is the situation?
To put it simply: no rain, no life. In fact, a disturbing trend in the water sector is accelerating worldwide. The new “water barons” — the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires — are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace. This will limit the available public supply even further.
“Fracking and toxic injection wells may not be the largest uses of water in California, but they are undoubtedly some of the stupidest,” Zack Malitz, an environmental spokesperson says, according to Reuters.