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NOAA Focus On Climate
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Story  Apr-19-2013 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT

World Climate Change Theme

Americans' health, security, and economic well-being are tied to climate and weather. In the last 2 years, the United States experienced 25 climate- and weather-related disasters exceeding $1 billion ($115 billion total) in damages and claiming 1,019 lives. The public, businesses, resource managers, and policy leaders are increasingly asking for information to help them understand how and why climate conditions are changing and how they can prepare.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a primary provider of climate science, data, tools, and information used by stakeholders and citizens in decision-making contexts. These resources... See entire story


Green Is The Only Way To Go
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Blog item  Dec-4-2011       PT   PT

For those who think that green action is a luxury, optional, and an after-thought, I will present here some links to resources created by a variety of organizations, for-profit and non-profit, exhorting all of us about the importance of developing and living in a sustainable and "green" world.  As a bit of black humor, I will start with a reference to The Onion, a biting satirical look at this issue.  The other references are traditional, serious sources of research and discussion:

  • A "humorous" article in the most recent "The Onion" online magazine states that global warming may be irreversible by 2006.  That is not a misprint... The Onion article outlines a series of steps that are needed to avoid catastrophic climate change – all of them taking place in the 1970s through 2006, which arguably would have been the way to handle this crisis.  The final paragraph, in mock controversial tone, states:

    "I think the report is a bit reactionary, and perhaps even politically motivated." said Arthur Bainbridge, a climate policy specialist based in Washington. "Plenty of alternative models have estimated 2008 or even 2010 as the absolute point of no return."
  • Without the tongue-in-cheek, the United Nations speaks of the Green Economy in a report that is the "result of a three-year global research effort involving hundreds of experts, [and which] underwent a three-month public review before being unveiled."..  among other benefits, the report finds that "in addition to higher growth, an overall transition to a Green Economy would realize per capita incomes higher than under current economic models,...
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Recycling Electronic Equipment, Cables, And More: The Best Buy Way
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Story  Aug-31-2011 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT

Best Buy's Recycling Program – better than a toss into the garbage; click to see the videoI believe that many individuals feel responsibility to reduce their impact on the planet.  One major area where the developed world has a problem is with disposing of electronic equipment.  The consumer world of electronics consists of cell phones, CD and DVD players, televisions, computers, audio equipment, and various portable electronic devices.  I used to wonder what to do when one of these items broke down or, occasionally, when I simply needed or wanted to replace it with a newer, faster, more compatible equivalent.

The good news happened when I learned that Best Buy, at all its stores across the United States, accepts almost any electronic device for recycling.  The accompanying video shows the processing to which they subject these... See entire story


One Starfish
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Story  Aug-10-2011       PT

Starfish tossed on the beach by a stormWalking on the beach, a mother and daughter observed thousands of starfish, stranded on the beach after a storm that had just ended.  They felt bad for all the starfish, doomed to suffocate on dry land. Finally the daughter picked up one of the starfish, walked up to the water, and threw the starfish as deeply into the ocean as she could.

Her mother thought for a few moments, and then asked her daughter, "Dear, what difference does that make? Look how many starfish there are still stuck on the beach!".  Her daughter replied, "It made a difference for that starfish!"... See entire story


Five Popular Untruths NOT To Live By
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Would you buy a used car, or a platitude, from this person?One path to wisdom is removing the disturbed ideas which can make us harmful to ourselves and others.  After observing daily life for many years, I have decided that it would be useful and enlivening to list some popular maxims that are essentially a pile of garbage (to avoid stronger language).  And without further ado, here they are!

1) When the student is ready, the teacher appears

Many, many devoted students strive to understand the principals of life, or to excel in their field of music or art or... See entire blog item


A Frog In Water -- Is Us
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Tip  May-21-2011       PT

A frog in water
Doesn't feel it boil in time.
Dude, we are that frog.

-grist.org haiku winner


The Majestic Plastic Bag
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Story  Jan-27-2011 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT

The plastic bag's migration route is threatened by the Teacup Yorkie; click to see the videoThis video "mockumentary", starring a plastic bag and the voice of Jeremy Irons, really should be seen.  Plastic as a whole involves toxicity from start to finish, and its chemical components have penetrated every part of the planet, including our human bodies.  The chemical industry is one of the prime suspects in the great rise of autoimmune disease in recent years.  The humor and clever parody of the BBC "Earth" series, makes the topic quite a bit more enjoyable to watch, despite the serious underlying message.

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Leadership And Compromise: Two Presidents
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President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in 1936 about confronting greed-dominated government. Click to play the video.Because it relates to the failed efforts so far to change environmental policy, as well as to implement true economic reform and healthcare policy reform, it is time to state the obvious:

Barack Obama is a fine gentleman, and has excellent self-control, but is lacking as a leader.

This lack of leadership has had the effect of allowing defeats, with only very slight improvements, in the three major policy... See entire blog item


Save Or Don't Save: Brilliant World Wildlife Federation Imagery
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Story  Sep-22-2010       PT

Save or Don't Save this chimp?

World Wildlife Federation has a brilliant series of images dramatizing the impact and urgency of global warming. One sample accompanies here. See the others here.


How Buddhism Could Be A Way Out Of The Environmental Mess We Are In
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Vietnamese Buddhist leader, Thich Nhat Hanh. Credit: APThe Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explains in his new book how a Buddhist approach could benefit ecology.

The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has turned his attention to how Buddhism could help ecology.

There is something extraordinarily child-like about the 84-year-old Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.

To portray him out of context could make him appear naive and unworldly. It is therefore understandable that he does not like to be interviewed by journalists who have not already spent some time in his presence and meditated with him. The Daily Mirror was interested in running a piece only if they could get a picture of him with a major celebrity, which is not particularly helpful since he believes fame is one of the key paths to suffering.

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