Archive for the 'Global Warming/Climate Change' Category

KEEP CARBON IN THE GROUND… 100,000+ VOICES…

March 20th, 2015

We’ve done it: since Monday more than 100,000 people have signed our petition asking the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust to move their funds out of fossil fuels. What an amazing response! Scottish actor Tilda Swinton, chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Professor Anne Glover, former chief scientific advisor to the president of the European commission are […]

WELLCOME SELLS $138 MILLION IN EXXON STOCK…

March 19th, 2015

Investing our pension funds and other monies that we expect someday to provide for us in carbon stocks is a bad investment and investors and their advisers are waking up to this fact. Divesting is not just sound environmental policy anymore. The Wellcome Trust has quietly sold off a $138m (£94m) investment in ExxonMobil, the […]

COMING TO A BREADBASKET NEAR YOU…

March 17th, 2015

Above you see one of the iconic views of the formerly 26,300 square mile Aral Sea. Mouse over the photo and you see the formerly 18 square mile Folsom Lake in Northern California. Humans can live for about three days without water and we are seriously fucking up our second most precious resource—air being the […]

LEAVE FOSSIL FUELS IN THE GROUND…

March 16th, 2015

Kyoto, following five years after the 1992 The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was sufficient proof for me that nothing was being done. Every national and international meeting to yammer on about Global Warming’s existential threat to our civilization and our planet has been an exercise in smoke and mirrors to distract us […]

WHAT WILL I DO…?

March 14th, 2015

The alarm bells of the climate crisis have been ringing in our ears for years and are getting louder all the time – yet humanity has failed to change course. What is wrong with us? Many answers to that question have been offered, ranging from the extreme difficulty of getting all the governments in the […]

THE OTHER CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALS…

March 10th, 2015

The Guardian is embarking on a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. I have a long history with climate change, but, I fear I may have fallen into the trap of paying insufficient attention to a vital threat in favor of the myriad urgent trivialities filling my […]

RULE NO. 74: GAS STATIONS ARE FOR CARS…

September 14th, 2014

Rule No. 74 – Don’t Get Your Fuel From the Same Place Your Car Does. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

HOW DOES $0.00 PER MEGAWATT HOUR SOUND…?

July 7th, 2014

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and around zero. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of one […]

I HAVE NO DOUBT…

June 22nd, 2014

WHAT IS A BUCKEYE…?

June 3rd, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee is ready to debate a bill intended to limit the state impact of a newly announced federal plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the rule Monday, part of President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing […]

WHY 2014…? WHY 2005…?

June 2nd, 2014

The Obama administration will propose sweeping new environmental rules on Monday, cutting carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan. The new power plant rules – which will be formally announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday morning – represent the most […]

PROMOTING VICTORIAN VALUES…?

May 27th, 2014

Jobs are available in and around Marietta, Ohio—well-paying blue-collar jobs—thanks to the oil and gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shale formations that run deep beneath the bucolic hills of Washington County. The local economy is not as robust as during its manufacturing heyday, when chemical, metals, and plastics plants dominated the Ohio River […]

SCIENCE WINS, 97-TO-3…!

May 12th, 2014

There, that–along with the helio-centric solar system, the spherical Earth, evolution, gawd, &c.–is settled. Move along, we have more important debates to engage in. Hat tip to PZ Myers and Pharyngula…

LOVE YOUR MOTHER…

April 22nd, 2013

Happy Earth Day…

DYSTOPIA COMES TO AMERICA…

December 3rd, 2012

In America, tragedy doesn’t count unless it happens to rich New Yorkers. Think Oklahoma City vs. New York, think Kiribati, the Maldives and Seychelles vs. New York, think New Orleans vs. New York, think Port-Au-Prince vs. New York, think Detroit vs. New York; are you as sick of whining rich New Yorkers as I am? […]

IF ONLY WE HAD RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT CARTER…

November 15th, 2012

Thomas Hedges writes: “This is a very American idea,” Arne Jungjohann, a director at the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation (HBSF), said at a press conference Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. “We got this from Jimmy Carter.” Germany adopted and continued Carter’s push for energy conservation while the U.S. abandoned further efforts. The death of an […]

MOVE OR BUILD DIKES…

November 5th, 2012

A Jewish view of hurricanes

SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS MATTER… A LOT…!

October 31st, 2012

Chris Mooney wrote in 2007: Even as we act immediately to curtail short term vulnerability, every exposed coastal city needs a risk assessment that takes global warming scenarios into account…Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York have been studying that city’s vulnerability to hurricane impacts in a changing world, and […]

IS THE BACKGROUND NOISE JUST TOO MUCH…?

November 15th, 2011

I’ve long been a fan of Jeremy Rifkin. I first discovered him in 1987 when I read his 10th book: Time Wars. I got to meet Rifkin at a Toronto environmental conference in 1995 when he was promoting his book: The End Of Work. This week I’m reading his most recent book: The the Third […]

HOW GREED TURNS LIES INTO MASSIVE PROFITS…

September 26th, 2011

Science is not what the rich say it is…

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