Reading Around the Internet: A Little Listening for Friday Afternoon

As I finish up the week and was checking through the news, I stumbled on this interview with Chris Koster, Missouri’s current Attorney General. Brownfield Ag News interviewed him because he’s running for governor. He discusses several issues that are of interest to DPP and our readers, including the Waters of the US litigation, other litigation involving regulatory issues, infrastructure issues, and agricultural bills pending in the state legislature. I’m posting this less because of the election and more because in his discussion he gives some good updates various matters.  Here’s the link — scroll down to find the recording of the interview, which is about 30 minutes in length. 

I tried to find something similar from Eric Greitens, who is also running for governor. Apparently, Brownfield Ag News asked him for an interview and his campaign declined to do something similar. I haven’t yet found any discussion as substantive and wide-ranging as this, but if a reader is aware of one (other than material on his campaign site), please feel free to send me the link. After I review it, I’ll be happy to post it.

Reading Around the Internet: January 12, 2016

I guess having a cold makes me more likely to blog… It certainly puts me in front of the computer a whole lot more…

With apologies to those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook who likely already saw this, I wanted to post this for my DPP readers, too. I have been reading about the earthquake that happened in Nepal in April of 2015, and bumped into an article on-line in the Daily Mail titled “Deadly ‘kink’ in the fault line beneath Nepal causes the Himalayas to GROW but also threatens to unleash another earthquake.  It’s a fascinating discussion of the geology of the Himalaya mountains, and what caused the big earthquake in April. Anyone interested in earthquake science (or anyone who lives on a fault line) should find it an interesting read.

Also very importantly for disaster recovery purposes, the geologists studying the 2015 Gorkha earthquake are strongly suggesting that there may be another strong earthquake in the next few years. This is because only part of the pressure on the fault line was released in the earthquake — which means another section may yet move. If true, then those rebuilding in the area should consider the possibility of another strong earthquake sooner rather than later. Some organizations have, in fact, been working to help the Nepalese rebuild and develop more quake-resistant houses.

The summary of the research can be found at the link above (just click the title of the article). There’s graphics and a video or two. For the more scientifically minded, the research was published in Nature Geoscience. There’s some technical language here, but I applaud the authors for, mostly, explaining their work in language that I could understand. Here’s a link to that article (click here), which appears to be ungated thanks to the nature.come sharing initiative. In case the link doesn’t work, the full citation is:

Elliott, J.R., R. Jolivet, P.J. Gonzalez, J.-P. Avouac, J. Hollingsworth, M.P. Searle, and V.L. Stevens. “Himalayan megathrust geometry and relation to topography revealed by the Gurkha earthquake.” Natural Geoscience, advance on-line publication, http://www.nature.com/naturegeoscience.

In the meantime, I do want to point out, since many of my readers have suffered through natural disasters, that the situation in Nepal has been sad and difficult.  Right now, however, relief efforts are also being complicated by winter weather. This is a major humanitarian crisis that has received some attention, but not nearly enough.