onshore wind

Propelled by relentless ocean waves and strong onshore winds, small grains of sand accumulated to form the impressive dunes of Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge in California. Stretching inland from the Pacific Ocean, the migrating dunes are home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, like the northern elephant seal, the western snowy plover and the California red-legged frog. Two remote hiking areas offer visitors a chance to explore this dynamic landscape in peace and solitude. Photo by Ian Shive, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The signs as untranslatable phrases

Aries: Hiraeth (welsh)- Refers to a particular type of longing for the homeland or the romanticised past. This word has many connections to nostalgia although rather than referring to a specific time, Hiraeth is mostly associated with a place.

Taurus: Waldeinsamkeit (German)- refers to “a feeling of solitude, being alone in the woods and a connectedness to nature.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a poem about it by the same name)

Gemini: Mokita (Kivila)- spoken in Papua New Guinea, this word translates loosely as “the truth we all know but agree not to talk about.”

Cancer: Suadade (Portuguese)- Saudade refers to the feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost. Saudade is not just a feeling but also something one can “have”.

Leo: Komorebi (Japanese)- Refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees.

Virgo: Cacimbo (Kimbundu)- Refers to a heavy mist or drizzle that occurs in the Congo basin area, often accompanied by onshore winds. It is synonymous for the cool season.

Libra: Aware (Japanese)- the bittersweet feeling of a brief and fading moment of beauty.

Scorpio: Mangata (Swedish)- the reflection of the moonlight on water

Sagittarius: Fernweh (German)- feeling homesick for a place you’ve never been.

Capricorn: Gokotta (Swedish)- to wake up early in the morning with the intention of going outside to hear the birds sing.

Aquarius: Jayus (Indonesian)- Refers to a friend with a bad sense of humor, who tells “a joke so poorly told and so unfunny that one cannot help but to laugh.”

Pisces: Wabi Sabi (Japanese)- accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.


“He remembered waking once on such a night to the clatter of crabs in the pan where he’d left steakbones from the night before. Faint deep coals of driftwood fire pulsing in the onshore wind. Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again. When he went back to the fire he knelt and smoothed her hair as she slept and he said if he were God he would have made the world just so and no different.”
    - Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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YOU GUYS.  I am so excited to present our exclusive First Read of Erik Larson’s new Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. Larson is a master of popular history; his The Devil in the White City is one of my favorite books of all time – and now he’s turned his attention to the tragic sinking of the Lusitania, an event that helped bring the United States into World War I.  Here’s a little taste:

That same day, Friday, April 30, a vessel of a dif­ferent sort began making its way toward the British Isles, the German submarine Unterseeboot-20, traveling under orders that gave its new patrol a heightened urgency. The boat slipped from its harbor at Emden, on the northwest coast of Germany, at 6:00 a.m., with no fanfare. The crews of U‑boats nicknamed the North Sea “Bright Hans,” but today the sea and sky were gray, as was the flat terrain that surrounded the harbor. Submarines stood side by side at their moorage, roped to one another, their conning towers like distant castles. The wind came onshore at 4 knots.

Find the entire excerpt here.

– Petra

David Duchovny wrote an article for the Huffington Post with Jigar Shah (President & Co-Founder, Generate Capital…)

*This man is perfect, honestly.❤️*

Renewables and Nuclear Can No Longer Afford To Be Foes

The recent US election deeply concerns many of us who care about the urgent issue of climate change. The incoming Administration may try to repeal new laws to control climate pollution from power plants, but it can’t repeal the laws of nature and physics. Those point towards severe stress on people and the planet from the ever-increasing flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from burning coal, gas and oil.

The good news is states can act even if the federal government doesn’t, and they can make some big moves. New York did just that this past August. With support from Governor Cuomo, the state’s Public Service Commission required the state’s utilities to obtain 50% of their electricity from zero-carbon energy by 2030. In doing so, New York joins California as having the most ambitious low carbon electricity goals in the nation and the world.

The Commission also ensured that, during the transition to 2030, New York does not go backward on carbon dioxide emissions and add further warming to the atmosphere. To build that firewall, the Commission created a mechanism to ensure that New York’s four upstate nuclear energy plants operate during this period rather than be shut down and replaced by cheap and polluting fossil-fueled power. (The downstate Indian Point plants were not included because they were deemed competitive in that part of the state).

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Before the referendum; “a yes vote will only damage renewable energy sources.” After the referendum and after the Tories return to power; “we’re going to frack your land because fuck you that’s why.” The Conservatives promised in their manifesto to hold down bills and increase renewable energy. But onshore wind is the cheapest readily-available form of clean energy in the UK. That’s why some experts have described their decision to kill the onshore wind programme as bizarre and irrational. Friends of the Earth’s renewable energy campaigner Alasdair Cameron said: “While the government rolls out the red carpet for fracking, they’re pulling the rug out from under onshore wind. "Proposed changes to the planning system could make it more difficult for local authorities to give the go-ahead to new wind installations - even if it’s the local community who want to build and run them.”