Earthday: Time for A Whole Earth Energy Policy: Nuclear Anyone?

Earthday 2008 arrives in just a few days. I’ve been thinking and reading about Earthday, and about how our dependence of fossil fuels impacts all of us all of the time. From buying groceries, to going to work, to enjoying leisure activities. Our dependence on coal and oil as our primary source of energy has led to a critical problem that we face today.

About a year ago I read and wrote about James Lovelock’s book, The Revenge of GAIA: Earth’s Climatic Crisis & The Fate of Humanity.… Read more

Fire in the pit

For the past 10 days I’ve been in Texas enjoying the outdoor world of farmland located half-way between Austin and Houston, near the town of Burton, Texas. It’s been a wonderful week of enjoying nature, and the world of antiquing.

In the morning, fog rolls over the landscape giving us gorgeous scenes of the farmland that dominates the region. The scene normally seen each morning is shown below.

On the fifth day of our visit to the area, I noticed that a fire was burning about 100 meters from a building that I was in, and thought that this was odd given the fact that there were hundreds of people here, along with a wood structure and canvas tents.… Read more

Earth Hour

Today, Earth Hour was initiated in many cities around the world. Begun last year by citizens in Sydney, Australia, the 60 minute environmental social action project involved about 2 million people who turned the lights off for an hour. This year, again led by citizens in Australia, the earth hour event involved millions more and many cities in a number of countries.

One of the world’s most recognizable sights is the Syndey Harbour, here seen during the Earth Hour.… Read more

Air Pollution: Regional Influences & the Beijing Olympics

In the last post we discussed the relationship between Beijing’s air quality and the impact on athletes competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

China is one of the leading contributors to greenhouse house gas emissions. It ranks number 2, right behind the U.S. According to some reports, China’s air and water ways are described as being some of the worst in the world. Indeed, pollution of the environment is a world-wide issue, and in fact, there are no boundaries that prevent polluted air or water from moving from one region to another.… Read more

Project Beijing Air Quality

One of the issues of concern to many people is the impact of the air quality in Beijing on the athletes competing in outdoor activities, especially those involving 5K, 10K and all of the long distance running events, as well as many swimming events.

Beijing’ air quality is could impact the health of the athletes, and spectators, and there have been many reports recently in the press. Here is one from an Australian news service:

Beijing government officials, and the Olympic Organizing Committee have outlined a plan to restrict traffic flow leading up to and during the Olympics.… Read more

Project Green Classroom

This has been a year so far where the concept of “green” is moving into the mainstream, and is no longer relegated to “environmental activists.” However, we need to remind ourselves that it was the activists and the “gentle subversive” (Rachel Carson) who worked for years bringing environmental issues to the forefront.

Highlighted in this weblog entry is Project Green Classroom, an environmental science investigation. In this project, students investigate 6 elements of the classroom to answer questions related to the environmental quality of their classroom, and also as a way to inquire into the nature of environmental science.… Read more

Air Quality Awareness

This week is the EPA’s Air Quality Awareness Week. And it was a good choice of weeks to select as the ground-level ozone season has begun in Atlanta, and other cities, I am sure. I live in the Atlanta area, and yesterday and today, the pollution was very evident. Smoggy and getting warmer.

The quality of the air is a serious issue, and over the past 20 years, cities and towns across America have been subject to the Clean Air Act.Read more

Silent Springs of Past

Today is Earthday, 2007. On today’s CBS News Sunday Morning Program, one of the feature stories was The Legacy of “Silent Spring.” We all now know that Rachel Carson, the author of the 1962 book, Silent Spring wrote the book (with fierce opposition from the pesticide industry) to inform the public the fact (according to Carson) that pesticides were destroying wildlife and endangering the environment. At the time, the pesticide industry drummed up contrary opinion, and tried to claim that Carson’s science was flawed, and there was really no scientific evidence supporting her claims.… Read more

The Green Year?

Tomorrow is the year 2007 Earth Day, which started in 1970. Could the year 2007 be the Green Year, the tipping year in which government and industry embraced the importance of environmental sustainability just as the public is beginning to accept, and as the environmental movement has represented. Whether or not the environmental movement began in 1962 with Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, this year has been marked by profound reports and a Supreme Court Ruling. Further, magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and The New York Times have reported extensively on climate change and global warming.… Read more