Climate

22 Apr 19
Poetry Roundabout

Roger Stevens is a National Poetry Day Ambassador, a founding member of the Able Writers scheme and runs the award-winning website http://www.poetryzone.co.uk for children and teachers, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Roger (link to 3 Simple Steps to Perk up your Poems) has published 40 books for children. His book Apes to Zebras […]

22 Apr 19
Keighley & Craven

The recent protests in London by Extinction Rebellion, have caused widespread disruption to commuters and residents. Their claim that the world will end in 6 years is probably wrong. However, the need for change is a matter of public health, the economy stability, and national security. So let’s get something out of the way: I […]

22 Apr 19
Brew Dude's Blog

The formation of the temperance movement was structured largely by the tenants of evangelical Protestantism. The religiosity provided social order and structure in a time when alcohol consumption per capita was at an all time high and drunkenness often disrupted the workday. It was widely advertised as part of the Protestant religion that moderation was […]

22 Apr 19
Bondi Beauty - Australia's leading fitness, beauty, nutrition and wellness website. Celebrating fitness, happiness and health for women everywhere.

Bondi Beauty Founder Renae Leith-Manos talks beauty with the changing seasons. It’s not only the change of seasons that wreaks havoc on skin, changing the water you wash both your hair and skin in can dramatically dehydrate the body leaving skin dry, flaky and red and hair also dry, sallow and dehydrated. I travel a […]

22 Apr 19
Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to climatologist Brian Brettschneider only anthropogenic CO2 can possibly be the cause of recent global warming. Global Warming Is Not Cosmic Brian Brettschneider ContributorScience “I heard that sunspots are the main driver of temperature changes.” “What about the Grand Solar Minimum?” “We’re headed for a new ice age based […]

22 Apr 19
Homepaddock

Farming to create fresh air – Luke Chivers: When people think of farming, few think of carbon farming. But Canterbury farmers Warrick and CeCe James are using agriculture to feed people and fight climate change. Luke Chivers spoke to them on-farm. Imagine carbon emissions and what springs to mind?  Most people tend to think of […]

22 Apr 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
It’s been 49 years since the first Earth Day. Approaching the half-century mark, it’s a good time to look back at how far we’ve come and consider the path ahead. It was a watershed year in 1969 for the American environmental movement. Seven years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” and a year after Paul Ehrlich’s “The Population Bomb,” there were rumblings here and there. But then in late January 1969 came word of a blow-out at one of Union Oil’s offshore wells near Santa Barbara. Day after day the story dominated the news, with footage of oil-soaked seabirds and filthy beaches creating widespread public outrage. The resulting scrutiny of offshore oil drilling resulted in many drilling bans, including one in Monterey Bay that eventually spawned the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. But that wasn’t the last of 1969’s bad news. In June, Cleveland’s major river, the Cuyahoga, fouled by decades of untreated industrial waste, actually burst into flame. Environmental catastrophe again topped the nightly news for days, and for the first time, words like “pollution,” and “environment” came into common usage.  Not long after, Congress passed the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and created the Environmental Protection Agency. Sometimes social and economic forces seem like a locomotive; powerful, obstinate, almost impossible to turn from its predetermined course. But every now and then comes a tipping point. Public opinion shifts, the switch is thrown, and the train changes direction. We’re at a similar tipping point now. All over the world, people are realizing that our train is barreling down the wrong track. Somewhere ahead a bridge is out and disaster looms – unless we throw the switch. And while there is plenty of troubling news, every day brings word of another success. Dozens of countries have committed to renewable energy. Norway walked away from oil reserves worth billions, opting to leave them in the ground. Tesla sells more cars than General Motors. Wind and solar power are the fasting growing segment of the energy market, and coal plants are closing all over the world. People are waking up to the folly of disposable plastics. Country after country has banned plastic bags, and even the companies that make and use plastics have vowed to find more sustainable alternatives. Some are skeptical that people will make the necessary changes in time. We are too stuck in our ways, they say, too addicted to convenience and luxury. But history holds recent examples of people making radical changes to their lifestyles for a larger cause. During WWII, millions of Americans gave up butter and sugar, cut way back on meat, rode bikes instead of driving their cars, and made countless other sacrifices to save resources for the war effort. American factories switched from making cars and refrigerators to building tanks and planes. Men said goodbye to their jobs and loved ones to go off to war, and women said goodbye to their homes and children to take the factory jobs the men left behind. The world turned upside down almost overnight, and stayed that way for years. In many other parts of the world, the sacrifices were even more extreme. Before WWII, numerous countries quietly capitulated to Germany and Japan. Even in the U.S. there were those who called for accommodating the irresistible might of the Axis powers. They were just too strong. Nothing could be done. Why fight it? But fight it we did, and tyranny was vanquished, by millions of people working and sacrificing together for a common goal. Our current crisis is no less existential, and even more apocalyptic. We face not the prospect of tyrannical government, but the potential for catastrophic climate change. Widespread droughts and crop failures. The loss of most of the world’s wildlife. Sterile oceans, and the death of our coral reefs. Massive storms and the drowning of low-lying nations. Millions dying of hunger, thirst and disease, and potentially billions of refugees. The prospect is truly terrifying. But change is possible. We have the ability to choose another course, to throw the switch and turn toward a more sustainable future. Everything we need to do is within our power. We just have to show the will. This Earth Day, let us resolve to do so.
22 Apr 19
Travel U and Me

Alicante is located in the north of The Costa Blanca, it has a temporate climate with 330 days of sunshine a year. Santa Barbara Castle is situated on a hill overlooking the city and offers extensive views over the city below and the mediterranean sea. The delightful esplanade lined with palm trees stretches alongside the […]

22 Apr 19
Ride

The problem with plug-in hybrids is always the math. Go ahead, try to calculate whether paying a premium for one makes any sense. How many miles can it go on a full charge? At what speeds? How far is your commute? How long does it take to charge on a 120-volt plug? How much does […]

21 Apr 19
KTLA

Monday is Earth Day, and commuters have a new incentive to make a change. Though dairy farms, air travel and oil and gas refineries have come under fire in California’s fight against climate change, they are not the biggest culprit. That dubious honor lies with the passenger vehicle. The tailpipes of the cars and pick-up […]

21 Apr 19
The Ramblings of a New Englander in Floriduh

The frame that holds my GoPro Hero 7 Black recently broke when I was trying to put the camera in it. I would have thought these things would be way more durable. I haven’t even had the camera for a year and already I’ve had to buy a replacement part. I bought a cheap one […]

21 Apr 19
Kevin's Walk on the Wild Side

Finance minister Grant Robertson (left) and climate minister James Shaw address school children during a climate protest, promising that New Zealand will introduce zero carbon legislation this year. AAP/Boris Jancic, CC BY-ND Robert McLachlan, Massey University The major focus on climate change in Environment Aotearoa 2019, a stocktake on New Zealand’s environment released today, is […]

21 Apr 19
To Inform is to Influence

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> NATO update – Turkey and Baltics. Russia to scrap an SSN and three SSBNs. Interesting insights by Yavlinsky, Medvedev, Volchek, and Kozlov. Black Sea and Donbas updates. MoD to conduct first direct procurements of imported military equipment. NSDC progresses reform of defense industry, engaging assistance of Gen […]

21 Apr 19
IBI Watch

            No, not Trump, not Barr, not Mueller.  Not any person at all, actually. I’m writing this week about an inanimate entity that circles the world, and has a profound effect on all life, marine and terrestrial alike. I speak of the ocean. Over the next few decades, more and […]

21 Apr 19
F I O N A | L A M

I was raised by an environmentalist mother. Our house did not have one-time use plastics (e.g. Ziplock bags), disposable cleaning supplies, or tissue paper. Rags, recycling bags, and glassware were our best friends. While other kids got in trouble for eating too much candy, I got in trouble for using paper towel to clean the […]

21 Apr 19
Let's Talk About Ecology

Some of the best questions start with “Ok, but what if…”. ‘What if’ questions can turn things around on their head. They can help you see the world in ways you would never normally imagine. They’re the best way to start any type of project: creative or otherwise. Also they’re just fun to think about […]

21 Apr 19
SS NEWS

Extinction Rebellion: Climate protesters ‘making a difference’  BBC News Extinction Rebellion protests continue for the seventh day in London  Daily Mail Swedish teen climate activist joins London protest as arrests top 830  Reuters People of colour are the most impacted by climate change, yet Extinction Rebellion is erasing them from the conversation  The Independent Protests such as Extinction Rebellion […]