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November 6, 2012

I wrote this essay to offer some essential information about our world and the future of our species, adding my voice to the many cries of alarm over the environmental crisis (lately reaching criticality). [More…]

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Links of Interest September 2013

There is so much information on the web about stresses to the biosphere, it’s difficult to keep up. From time to time I plan to offer a few internet links to material of interest and relevancy. Here’s my current installment, several more below it.

Hooked on Growth

Added 12 NOV 2013

Check out this short video ad for the Hooked on Growth web portal.

“Join GrowthBusters to find the cure for the silent killer of growth addiction. Unending economic growth, pursuit of population growth, perpetual urban growth, and increasing consumption are not the model for a sustainable culture. The GrowthBusters movie is now finished.”

 

Al Bartlett has Died

Added 10 SEP 2013

Prof. Bartlett died Saturday at the age of 90.
Here are two articles:
Denver Post
Denver Journal

Al’s website is at www.AlBartlett.org

 

 

The Kahn Academy

Added 3 SEP 2013

Thanks to TV I found the Kahn Academy.  It is a remarkable approach to offering short video nuggets or lessons for free on a variety of subjects. The platform chosen is well-suited to learning simple things in geometry, for example, but has been and continues to be extended to very much more involved subjects on its knowledge map. Of interest to this web blog are these three lessons:

History of Life on Earth

Human Population Growth

5 Human Impacts on the Environment

These are contained in a Kahn Academy “Crash Course on Ecology.”

Once you start watching these relatively short videos, it is difficult to stop watching them.

Typical 10 minute lesson using Sal Kahn’s original presentation model:  The Beauty of Algebra.

 

How Keystone Flunks The Climate Test

From Michael Brune of the Sierra Club,  AUGUST 29, 2013

https://content.sierraclub.org/beyondoil/sites/content.sierraclub.org.beyondoil/files/documents/kxl-climate-report.pdfMichael Brune KXL

In June President Obama set a climate test for his decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. He said he will not approve the pipeline if it would significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. Today the Sierra Club, Oil Change International, and 13 partner groups have released a report that settles the issue unequivocally: Keystone XL would be a climate disaster.

Our report, “FAIL: How the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Flunks the Climate Test,” spells out the full consequences of building the pipeline.

Start with the one fact that the State Department, the U.S. EPA, climate scientists, and even Wall Street and industry analysts all agree on: The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will create massive amounts of carbon pollution. Tar sands, after all, are the world’s dirtiest and most carbon-intensive source of oil. Oil Change International estimates that the pipeline would carry and emit more than 181-million metric tons of carbon pollution each year. That’s the pollution equivalent of adding 37.7 million cars to U.S. roads, or 51 new coal-fired power plants.

The State Department, though, tried to ignore this 181-million metric ton elephant. It argued in its environmental review of Keystone XL that tar sands development was inevitable, regardless of whether the pipeline is built. That’s not true for several reasons.

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