Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Deforestation seems to be causing Mount Kilimanjaro’s shrinking glacier. Researchers think deforestation of the mountain’s foothills is the most likely culprit. Without the forests’ evapotranspiration of humidity into the air, previously moisture-laden winds blowing across those forests now blow drier. The summit, no longer replenished with water from those winds, started shrinking. Studies show the ice is evaporating through a process called sublimation. You can witness this effect at home, have you ever noticed that ice cubes left in your freezer tend to shrink with time?
A Global Emergency... and a Call to Action! Recently, it was reported in The New York Times that (it appears) procedures are being put in place at NASA to prevent "the public from fully grasping recent findings regarding climate change". This comes in response to a lecture recently delivered at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco by Dr. James Hansen, NASA's director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. In his lecture titled "Is There Time to Avoid 'Dangerous Anthropogenic Interference' With Global Climate?" Dr. Hansen presented two startling conclusions regarding recent research conducted at NASA.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
A few that good examples are No Impact Man , Green as a Thistle and Breakthrough Generation I am so awed by the enthusiasm, passion and dedication of so many young people I read about on the Internet. Though I was too young to be anything other than a passive observer during the 60’s, I feel conflicted by the youth zeal spilling out all over the electronic pages I read on the Internet. It is about their furture and their their children. I am sad because I know that this zeal is no longer burning inside me as it once did in my own youth days. The fire that burns now is more like a slow simmer.
A new word I discovered yesterday on a cartoon website was “Senior Citizombie.” The cartoon cast the older folks as semi-villains. And I don’t want to be a Senior Citizimbie. I want to be a part of the solution not part of the problem. But there are some things that I’m just not willing to give up. Unlike “No Impact Man”, I want the corporations to fix these problems by offering consumer choices. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things that I do daily to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but I believe that the corporations need to be good stewards of the environment and provide consumer solutions to the problems we face.
I live in Florida and we worry about hurricanes. In 2005, Central Floridians learned that like the coastal communities, we too were at risk. More than half of the homes in our subdivision had roofs torn off in the three storms that hit. We had just put a new roof on our house about three months before the storms. My husband decided to not reinstall pool solar panels for maintenance reasons. Our house was the only house on our cul-de-sac that did not have roof damage. A lot of people decided after the storms to NOT put solar heaters on their roofs and unfortunately opted for heat pumps instead. We did not choose to put a heat pump on our pool. What I want is a product or service that provides electricity from solar, wind, tidal, or any green energy that provides electricity.
Perhaps it is guilt that I feel when I read some of these blogs. I wonder if I’m just too old to care or to make a difference. But I'm comforted when I look read the bios of the speakers at the TED 2008 conference. Most of them are as old as I am! So maybe there is hope for my generation after all. Maybe we can use our talent, experience, and wisdom to help move our culture and economy towards a more sustainable future. Because like it or not we are all in this together.
What will future generations say?
- We had a chance to do something about climate change but we elected George Bush instead.
- We had a chance to invest in clean energy but what did we do instead? We went to war in Iraq so we could have plenty of oil.
- We had a chance to educate citizens about the need to modify our behavior and use less natural resources but what did we do instead? We went shopping and let the lobbyist run Washington and had our teachers "teach to the test."
That's what future generations will say. Now we find out the the Pentagon knew all along that Climate Change was real and that GW Bush knew all along. What a legacy he will leave behind.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
You know what they say... "Follow the money" and you'll find out what's really happening behind the scene. So that is what I have been doing. So, Keep your Eye on the Bali Conference.
We recently watched the National Geographic show called, "Six Degrees" which goes over the difference each degree makes for our planet. One thing stood out especially which said basically that we have to fight Global Warming, like we fought in World War II if we are going to have a chance to survive. In a way, I took heart at that. United States drug their feet when it came to entering WW II. But once we did, we entered the war with a vengeance. I was humbled when I watched Ken Burns recent series on World War II. I was overwhelmed by the selflessness of so many men and women who gave their lives for our country or lived through insufferable conditions in order to preserve our way of life. What we need is an awakening... Hopefully that awakening will occur before we have crossed the threshold of no return. Unlike my husband, I am an eternal optimist. I believe in the creative ingenuity of the human race. I believe in our basic goodness. I believe that we will work as one to combat our mistakes of the past. My family laughs at my naïveté. Oh well... we can only be who we are.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
So what does it matter if the planet gets a little warmer? I keep hoping that the worse case scenario won't be as bad as we think it might be. I guess it's human to be optimistic. I'm nursing a bad cold hoping that if I ignore it, it will just go away. I'm doing everything I can NOT to think about it. But the stupid thing just won't leave me alone. I take medicine for it, which dampens the symptoms momentarily but they come back soon with a furry.
I think climate change is the same way. We try to ignore it, hoping it will just go away. But the scientist and climatologist just won't let us be... National Geographic put together a flash animation that shows how one degree in the global average temperature impacts our planet. Just like the symptoms of a bad cold, you see how the cumulative effect of each degree adds up to something much bigger. Our beautiful planet; our lovely home; all the goodness, love and hope in the world, at risk, for six lousy degrees...