Paul Kedrosky's favourite picture from the fires: "this ironic shot of new hilltop construction in the urban/wilderness interface viewed through the fork of a tree singed in the 2003 wildfires."
Lots of relevant reading in the Sunday Times: Rethinking Fire Policy in the Tinderbox Zone: "As Californians sift through the cinders of this week's deadly wildfires, there is a growing consensus that the state's war against such disasters — as it is currently being fought — cannot be won. "California has lost 1.5 million acres in the last four years," said Richard A. Minnich, a professor of earth sciences who teaches fire ecology at the University of California, Riverside. "When do we declare the policy a failure?"
Friedman of the Week Dept: Did We Do That? Why do I feel like I began my reporting career 30 years ago listening to the BBC World Service and I'm going to end it glued to the Weather Channel?
Warming Revives Flora and Fauna in Greenland -A strange thing is happening at the edge of Poul Bjerge's forest, a place so minute and unexpected that it brings to mind the teeny plot of land Woody Allen's father carries around in the film "Love and Death."....But now that the climate is warming, it is not just old trees that are growing. A Greenlandic supermarket is stocking locally grown cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage this year for the first time. Eight sheep farmers are growing potatoes commercially. Five more are experimenting with vegetables. And Kenneth Hoeg, the region's chief agriculture adviser, says he does not see why southern Greenland cannot eventually be full of vegetable farms and viable forests.
On an Upstate Wind Turbine Project, Opinions as Varied as the Weather- As we stumble toward what's supposed to be a greener future, almost everyone, in the abstract, is for wind energy, surely as green, safe and abundant an energy source as there is. But, as residents of Long Island saw last summer in a proposal for wind turbines off Jones Beach that was quickly deep-sixed, it's often not so simple at all. So on the road from Grand Gorge to Stamford you see the yard signs popping up in front of barns and houses — "Yes to Clean Energy" on some, "No Industrial Wind Turbines" or "Save Our Mountains" on others.