Monday, August 25, 2014

WINGED WARNINGS The 1,300 Bird Species Facing Extinction Signal Threats to Human Health -- National Geographic

Here. "Climate change and chemicals like pesticides are driving the crisis."

Get Koch Money Out of Politics: Support S.J. Res. 19

Here  The Koch brothers and other billionaires are spending huge sums of money to buy elections.

It's poisoning our elections and our country.

Have to get election finance reformed and Citizen's United overturned immediately.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Man-made wetlands turn wastewater into tap water - Yahoo News

Man-made wetlands turn wastewater into tap water - Yahoo News 

More of this, please. Reduce, REUSE, recycle.

Are Siberia’s methane blow-holes the first warning sign of unstoppable climate change? | Technology | Tech News and Latest New Technology | | The Courier-Mail

Are Siberia’s methane blow-holes the first warning sign of unstoppable climate change? | Technology | Tech News and Latest New Technology | | The Courier-Mail 

Holy shit. This is so scary. Everyone wanting humankind to survive well on Earth should be waking up every day thinking, (1) what can I do to emit even less greenhouse gases today? (2) What can I do to get politicians to make this our #1 priority? How can I enjoy life and get my friends and neighbors to think and act daily about (1) and (2) above???

Ignoring Climate Risks Could Sink U.S. Economy | EcoWatch

Ignoring Climate Risks Could Sink U.S. Economy | EcoWatch 

"In his opinion article in the Washington Post, Rubin argues that, in
economic terms, taking action on climate change will prove far less
expensive than inaction. He wrote: “By 2050, for example, between $48
billion and $68 billion worth of current property in Louisiana and
Florida is likely to be at risk of flooding because it will be below sea
level. And that’s just a baseline estimate; there are other scenarios
that could be catastrophic.

“Then, of course, there is the unpredictable damage from superstorms
yet to come. Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy caused a combined
$193 billion in economic losses; the congressional aid packages that
followed both storms cost more than $122 billion.

“And dramatically rising temperatures in much of the country will
make it far too hot for people to work outside during parts of the day
for several months each year—reducing employment and economic output,
and causing as many as 65,200 additional heat-related deaths every

"He concludes: “We do not face a choice between protecting our
environment or protecting our economy. We face a choice between
protecting our economy by protecting our environment—or allowing
environmental havoc to create economic havoc.”

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers has
estimated that the eventual cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions
will increase by about 40 percent for every decade of delay, because
measures to restrict them will be more stringent and costlier as
atmospheric concentrations grow."

Friday, July 25, 2014

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought - Yahoo News

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought - Yahoo News 

"This is a lot of water to lose.
We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was
shocking," said lead study author Stephanie Castle, a water resources
specialist at the University of California, Irvine.
"We don't know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don't know when we're going to run out," added Castle.
NASA said the study is "the first to quantify the amount that groundwater contributes to the water needs of western states."

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012

Sunset, Venice 12/20/2012
I've been thinking some about the Winter Solstice, the Mayan end of the 30,000-year-cycle on 12/21/12.

What if in fact the world did end? To live consciously, even though this probably will not happen, it is honest to take a bit of an inventory.

Am I happy with how I've lived my life? (Yesterday, I thought mostly yes, with some areas for improvement, as below.) Are there changes I would make?
Would I have tried to forgive those that were hostile or disappointing to me?
Would I spend more time with those I loved the most, telling them that, feeling that more?
Would I be happier, grateful for what I have, what I've experienced, the joy, the beauty in this world?

Maybe the answer is yes to all of the above.
So this time can serve as a point of rebirth for all of us. If we think about it.

Because somewhere I realized I think maybe mankind deserves it. !
The way we are killing each other, killing the planet.
How selfish we are, and snotty to those around us. Petty, competitive. Why is this? Do we have to behave this way? (I say no, it greatly detracts and misdirects energy from the full-time celebration in which we could engage, the great multi-cultural, multi-rhythmic dance we can sustain here.)

Maybe God or the Great Universe is fed up, and will pull the rug out from under us.
Don't think I can say we could blame Him/Her/It.

But it probably won't happen. (Probably not! This time.)

Still we are finite on this ride.

It is a time to think, am I happy with how I've lived my life?
Hopefully most of us can say yes.

For the part of us that have a little worry, a little sadness....
This is the time to be present.
This is the time to be the person you want to be, that can die at peace, that can hope to every day be able to look yourself and the Universe in the eye and say, how beautiful, smiling, and thank you. Let's do that.

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