tagged w/ Climate Change
Gas prices just keep going up. We went to Los Alamos for an introduction to the NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.) This fun little car just plugs into a regular outlet and is rated at 245 mpg. As Richard Dunn says, ? you can?t beat that.?
We hope this offers an alternative to the family second or third car for those short trips off necessity near home. For more information on plug-in alternatives you can start by visiting www.pluginamerica.com
Thanks for taking the time to watch and help us to consider a more sustainable future.
Gas prices just keep going up. We went to Los Alamos for an introduction to the NEV... more
Robert Corell was the lead scientist of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Report regarding climate change in the Arctic. I recommend reading this interview with him as he basically corroborates what Al Gore has also been stating, and explains why sea level rise may well be greater than reported by the IPCC, as they only considered water expansion from warming oceans not including addiitonal melt water from glaciers that would be added to it. With Greenland melting at such a rapid pace that must be considered. As he stated, we must now build a "climate cathedral."Robert Corell was the lead scientist of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment Report... more
After years of holding out against proposals to combat climate change, President Bush has finally signed a bill that sets energy efficiency levels for homes and cars. But environmentalists say the measures are too limited.
"The reaction of environmentalists was mixed: grateful that the White House has belatedly adopted some of the policies they have been advocating but warning that the measures were too limited and not due to be implemented for years."
I'm sorry, but this photo makes me giggle. Tee hee!!After years of holding out against proposals to combat climate change, President Bush... more
Scientists have come up with extreme -- some might say crazy -- schemes to counteract global warming. This year saw the most radical geo-engineering ideas yet: man-made volcanoes, orbiting mirror fleets and ocean re-engineering to cool the planet and absorb carbon dioxide.
Some say the extreme temperatures predicted for the near future call for extreme measures. Others say the solutions could be worse than the problem. Check out this top 10 list of the most unorthodox ways to save our planet.Scientists have come up with extreme -- some might say crazy -- schemes to counteract... more
(Marquette, Michigan) - The Manoomin Project is restoring wild rice to northern Michigan after the grain disappeared a century ago due to logging, pesticides and other manmade impact.
Over 100 at-risk teens are learning to respect themselves, nature and American Indian culture by planting more than one ton of wild rice during the past four summers. The teens also learn about social issues like racism against Native Americans.
The 2007 planting was delayed six weeks until November due to low water levels.
The teens first participate as part of juvenile court probation for minor crimes but many enjoy the project so much they return the next year.
Guides from several tribes volunteer to teach the teens how to take water samples, and about the historical and cultural importance of the grain that is used in many American Indian ceremonies.
The project was founded by the non-profit Cedar Tree Institute and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC).
Guides belong to KBIC, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa (Ottawa) Indians based in downstate Harbor Springs, Michigan, and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa located close to International Falls, Minnesota near the Canadian border.
Rev. Jon Magnuson, project founder, praised the tribes for working with the teens, most of whom are white. The project includes classroom time, stress reduction exercises, and learning about social issues like prejudice against Native Americans.
In July 2007, the teens heard from Ojibwa elder and Vietnam War veteran Glen Bressette who explained he was the target of racism while their age and overcame problems familiar to the youth like substance abuse and scrapes with the law that included being shot at by police while stealing gas.
The teens witnessed Bressette have a dramatic flashback when a helicopter flew low and close to their meeting site along Lake Superior. He had been a gunner aboard a chopper in Vietnam.
American Indian guide Don Chosa said the teens carry hundreds of pounds of wild rice seeds for miles through thick forests and over mountains to get to seven secret remote planting sites along rivers and lakes. During the hikes, the teens have come upon bears, eagles and other wildlife.
An annual "Blessing of the Wild Rice" ceremony is held that includes American Indian food, songs, language, and prayers. If they want, the teens have the opportunity to learn about God and the environment but they are not forced to be be involved in any religious activities.
Manoomin Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson looks at the 2007 planting and four years of success.(Marquette, Michigan) - The Manoomin Project is restoring wild rice to northern... more
Oceans cover 70% of this planet. Without them our planet dies. However, I am sure the EPA will once again fail to see the moral imperative of doing what is right.Oceans cover 70% of this planet. Without them our planet dies. However, I am sure the... more
In the last few months, it has been harder and harder to misinterpret the signs that our world is spinning out of kilter. Major cities in North and South America, Asia and Australia are nearly out of water due to massive droughts and melting glaciers. Desperate farmers are losing their livelihoods. Peoples in the frozen Arctic and on low-lying Pacific islands are planning evacuations of places they have long called home. Unprecedented wildfires have forced a half million people from their homes in one country and caused a national emergency that almost brought down the government in another. Climate refugees have migrated into areas already inhabited by people with different cultures, religions, and traditions, increasing the potential for conflict. Stronger storms in the Pacific and Atlantic have threatened whole cities. Millions have been displaced by massive flooding in South Asia, Mexico, and 18 countries in Africa. As temperature extremes have increased, tens of thousands have lost their lives. We are recklessly burning and clearing our forests and driving more and more species into extinction. The very web of life on which we depend is being ripped and frayed.
We never intended to cause all this destruction, just as Alfred Nobel never intended that dynamite be used for waging war. He had hoped his invention would promote human progress. We shared that same worthy goal when we began burning massive quantities of coal, then oil and methane.
Even in Nobel?s time, there were a few warnings of the likely consequences. One of the very first winners of the Prize in chemistry worried that, ?We are evaporating our coal mines into the air.? After performing 10,000 equations by hand, Svante Arrhenius calculated that the earth?s average temperature would increase by many degrees if we doubled the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Seventy years later, my teacher, Roger Revelle, and his colleague, Dave Keeling, began to precisely document the increasing CO2 levels day by day.
But unlike most other forms of pollution, CO2 is invisible, tasteless, and odorless -- which has helped keep the truth about what it is doing to our climate out of sight and out of mind. Moreover, the catastrophe now threatening us is unprecedented ? and we often confuse the unprecedented with the improbable.
We also find it hard to imagine making the massive changes that are now necessary to solve the crisis. And when large truths are genuinely inconvenient, whole societies can, at least for a time, ignore them. Yet as George Orwell reminds us: ?Sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.?
In the years since this prize was first awarded, the entire relationship between humankind and the earth has been radically transformed. And still, we have remained largely oblivious to the impact of our cumulative actions.
Indeed, without realizing it, we have begun to wage war on the earth itself. Now, we and the earth's climate are locked in a relationship familiar to war planners: "Mutually assured destruction."
More than two decades ago, scientists calculated that nuclear war could throw so much debris and smoke into the air that it would block life-giving sunlight from our atmosphere, causing a "nuclear winter." Their eloquent warnings here in Oslo helped galvanize the world?s resolve to halt the nuclear arms race.
Now science is warning us that if we do not quickly reduce the global warming pollution that is trapping so much of the heat our planet normally radiates back out of the atmosphere, we are in danger of creating a permanent ?carbon summer.?
As the American poet Robert Frost wrote, ?Some say the world will end in fire; some say in ice.? Either, he notes, ?would suffice.?
But neither need be our fate. It is time to make peace with the planet.
In the last few months, it has been harder and harder to misinterpret the signs that... more
Extracting tar sands is tantamount to a junkie looking for a vein in their toes to stick to get their fix when they have run out of veins. It is a desperate attempt to cling to the addiction of oil while touting it as sustainable when it is not. And it is not only unsustainable to this planet in the amount of water its process uses, it does not produce less in GHGS and is destroying one of the most pristine places on this planet at the cost of human health and other species. The Boreal Forest is being stripped, and water from the Athabasca River is being diverted to the detriment of fish and humans. Just how far will we allow this to go to satisfy our addiction to oil? How much more can this Earth take?Extracting tar sands is tantamount to a junkie looking for a vein in their toes to... more
Glad to see the developing nations putting pressure on the United States to lead or get out of the way. Our old "do as we say, not as we do" mentality has finally started to fall on deaf ears.Glad to see the developing nations putting pressure on the United States to lead or... more
Traveling to places that might disappear within a generation. A new traveling trend to go places that will go extinct if carelessness about the environment and natural resources continues at the rate is currently going.Traveling to places that might disappear within a generation. A new traveling trend... more
Europe is known as a champion of combating climate change. But a developing country famous for its capital's polluted air is also a surprising front-runner: Mexico. Our brothers to the south ranked fourth on the Climate-Change Performance Index, which scores countries on their greenhouse-gas emissions and policy. Only Sweden, Germany and Iceland outscored Mexico, with its 110 million people. The United States ranked 55th out of 56 countries, ahead only of Saudia Arabia.Europe is known as a champion of combating climate change. But a developing country... more
Here it is, the latest update on the draft international climate change agreement. Basically India and China have voiced concerns about their share of the action plan, arguing that developed countries should do more to provide clean technology and financial backing to help their poorer counterparts embrace the movement. Check out the full text from Reuters...Here it is, the latest update on the draft international climate change agreement.... more
After Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and before Katrina in 2005, Annapolis made state-of-the-art plans to rebuild its city dock, raising it 10 feet higher, adding in rubber retaining walls to protect the city against flooding putting this small, historic, seaside town on the cutting edge of climate change and hurricane preparedness.After Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and before Katrina in 2005, Annapolis made... more
After Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and before Katrina in 2005, Annapolis made state-of-the-art plans to rebuild its city dock, raising it 10 feet higher, adding in rubber retaining walls to protect the city against flooding putting this small, historic, seaside town on the cutting edge of climate change and global warming preparedness.After Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and before Katrina in 2005, Annapolis made... more
WASHINGTON -- Pared-down energy legislation cleared the Senate on Thursday by a wide margin after the oil industry and utilities succeeded in stripping out provisions that would have cost them billions of dollars.
The tax measure and the renewable electricity mandate were included in an energy bill that easily passed the House last week. But industry lobbyists focused their attention on Republican members of the Senate and on the White House, which repeatedly threatened to veto the bill if the offending sections were not removed.
Separately, Congress reached a tentative agreement on a major energy package that it plans to enact outside the energy bill, according to a Senate Democratic staff member. The agreement, to be included in a broad government spending bill, would authorize the Energy Department to guarantee loans for various energy projects, making financing far easier.
The agreement would guarantee loans of up to $25 billion for new nuclear plants and $2 billion for a uranium enrichment plant, something those industries had been avidly seeking. It would also provide guarantees of up to $10 billion for renewable energy projects, $10 billion for plants to turn coal into liquid vehicle fuel and $2 billion to turn coal into natural gas.
In other news, as hand basket sales sky rocket, scientists are feverishly working on a family sized hand basket that would allow as many as 20 people to make the journey to hell together. O.k., I made that up, but if you can't afford a bomb shelter and you don't know Tom Cruise, you may want to buy a hand basket before you spend all your money on Christmas presents.
WASHINGTON -- Pared-down energy legislation cleared the Senate on Thursday by a wide... more
NUSA DUA, Indonesia Amid growing frustration with the United States in deadlocked negotiations at a United Nations conference on global warming, the European Union threatened Thursday to boycott separate talks proposed by the Bush administration in Hawaii next month.
Humberto Rosa, the chief delegate from Portugal, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said the talks to be hosted by the Bush Administration in Hawaii in January would be meaningless if there was no deal this week here at the conference on the resort island of Bali.
If we do not act now, climate change will increase the number of hungry people in the world, said Jacques Diouf, director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, who is in Bali this week.
Gore on America:
Over the next two years the United States is going to be somewhere it is not now, Mr. Gore said to loud applause. You must anticipate that.NUSA DUA, Indonesia Amid growing frustration with the United States in deadlocked... more
What a BUMMER...Hopefully the next prez won't be such a sell-out.