Archive for April, 2009

More Things To Worry About

April 30, 2009

The Wilkins Ice Shelf In Antartica is melting before our very eyes. This is a huge piece of ice and if it goes count on a lot of trouble in the world.

Ice melting is not new news as far as climate change is concerned and I am not the only person concerned about it. There are so many, ” balls in the air to be juggled.”Talk about juggling.

The balls are more like very fragile eggs and hopefully one will not be dropped.

Matt

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Brown’s Great Mobilization

April 29, 2009

In Plan B 3.0, by Lester Brown, there is an entire chapter devoted to the mitigation for global warming impacts.

Let me say that I have ecologist friends who say we are beyond a tipping point when it comes down to our mitigation against global warming. I feel strongly that we will have parts of global warming to deal with. The question is how hard will we have to wage a battle against global warming impacts., I see the range as another huge extinction to  mitigating the impacts of what Brown describes as failed nations, how we deal with water allocations, fires in the west, unpredictable weather, underwater significant areas, shrinking glaciers, shrinking ice sheets in Antartica and Greenland.

I strongly agree with Lester Brown and he uses the date of 2020 as his date for us to have Brown  puts a global pricetag on his Great Mobilization that is very realistic.

You can read Lester Brown’s chapter, The Great Mobilization to find out where Brown stands on global warming mitigations. I find Brown to be quite right on these things. We will see soon.

Matt

Lester Brown’s Book Plan 3.0 Optimistic About the US Doing Something In Renewable Energy To Mitigate Global Warming

April 28, 2009

In Brown’s book, Plan 3.0, he writes “Can we expand renewable energy use fast enouugh? We think so.” Then Brown goes on for the rest of the chapter and shows how to just that.

What is important here is that Brown says it is happening and it has to happen fast. Brown uses the Cell Phone and the PC as his “fast”analogy for speed.

I saw the Cell Phone  as indispensable in the last 10 years and the PC, in the past 20 years.

What is important is that the cost on both technologies went down. That is very important. 

I see this phenomina happening on “clean” energy forms. From my standpoint  not in time to help polar bears but very helpful to us and other life forms.

Matt

G8-led climate talks move towards global pact

April 27, 2009

So many things happening now. Here is one of the many things going on. Please read.

Matt

Friday, April 24 02:59 pm

I do leave Syracuse very much concerned that there is no clear pathway to resolving the gaps that remain,” Steiner admitted, saying the main stumbling blocks are setting targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and financing for the greening of developing countries.

The meeting is among several forums on the way to UN talks in Copenhagen in December aimed at sealing an international pact for curbing greenhouse gases beyond 2012.

The G8-Plus talks brought together the environment ministers from Group of Eight members Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States and their counterparts from Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea.

Overall, the G8 countries are responsible for more than 40 percent of the world’s carbon gas emissions.

The United States and China are the world’s top two carbon polluters, but US per capita emissions are four to five times those of China and about double those of Europe.

The delegates spelled out “frankly and clearly” the issues on which G8 heads of state and government should “devote their leadership capacities” at their July summit, Italian Environment Minister Stefania Prestigiacomo said.

These include improving energy efficiency, developing renewal energy, sustainable agriculture and transportation and building and protecting ecological infrastructure, a top UN delegate said earlier.

Brazilian Environment Minister Carlos Minc said “great mistrust” remained between North and South, both sides agreed that they could make “substantial compromises” appropriate to their means and situations.

Since the talks here were not required to produce decisions, “they allowed for constructive exchanges between the G8 countries and the others,” Minc told reporters.

Brazil proposed a 10 percent tax on oil industry profits to help poor countries join the fight against global warming, he said.

The development aid charity Oxfam complained of a “first step syndrome” in climate change talks, saying the Syracuse talks were no different.

“Lots of declarations of principle, but no clear and measurable commmitment,” Oxfam said in a statement.

“Even less time is left for reaching an effective agreement among the eight most industrialised nations before the G8 (summit) in July,” the British-based charity said.

The talks in Sicily were buoyed by a sea change in US environmental policy following years of disengagement on environmental issues.

US delegate Lisa Jackson said Thursday she brought a “message of hope” from US President Barack Obama, who already boasts having made more progress on US energy policy in his first three months in office than the United States has seen in 30 years.

“It’s a good feeling to know that the world is waiting to welcome the US to the table and is not too frustrated by the lack of leadership in the past,” Jackson said.

The delegates did agree a “Syracuse Charter” on protecting biodiversity that calls for a “redefinition” of goals set in 2002.

Climate change is a growing threat to biodiversity at a time when a quarter of all animal and plant species may be at risk of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Prestigiacomo said the environment ministers would send a “strong message” to the G8 summit that economic recovery plans should be “painted green,” stressing in particular the potential for job creation.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made the surprise announcement while the enviroment ministers were meeting here that the G8 summit would be held in the earthquake-hit city of L’Aquila instead of Sardinia in July.

More On Plan B 3.0

April 26, 2009

Lester Brown, author of, Plan B 3.0, has  several chapters devoted to fighting the environmental tentacles (crisis) of nature we have pulled down on ourselves.

For me to write a short version of Brown’s book, he says our huge population demands on the resource’s of the earth, the disparity between the richest in the world versus the poorest, depletion of water, food, soil, biodiversity, a warming climate and what that means, the use of fossil fuel energy that is soon to run out on this planet.

This requires us to  push back by mobilizing clean renewable energy, population management, conservation of fuel, soil and water resources and bridging the gap between poor and rich.

This all has to be fixed in high speed, like a war, we have to mobilize to save civilization. Lets say that hardliners like me are only half right about this happening…we still have to mobilize to save civilization.

Global Warming naysayers are way out of touch with what is happening to the world…they are in denial!!!!!

Matt

Plan B 3.0 on Birds and a Bit on Water

April 24, 2009

“Birds, because of their high visibility, are a useful indicator of th diversity of life. Of the 9,817known bird species, roughly 70% are declining in number. Of these 1,217 species are in imminent danger of extinction. Habitat degradation and loss affect 91 per cent of threatened bird species…Some once abundant species may have already dwindled to the point of no return…Cagan Sekercioglu who led a study of the status of the world’s birds said, ” We are changing the world so much that even the bird’s cannot adapt.”

There is a great book on birdwatching called “Springtime in Washington.” A lot of  songbirds were seen along the towpath in the migration periods. That is not as much the case now and that will be even less so the case after global warming sets in.

This is one of Lester Holts truizms in his book Plan B 3.0. It seems very much the case from what I have experianced.

It is sad but it seems so true. Lester Brown has it right on most fronts. The chapter on water shortages is quite telling and the competition between states and countries for water use seems very large at present. If China and India stay on their present course they will both suffer water shortages by 2030. Remember Chineze  caused dust storms from 10, or so, years ago? Talk about soil removal.

Read Brown’s book. It is very sobering and makes me want to shake many of my friends awake on global warming. What is the “Tipping Point”?

Matt

Montana Weather

April 23, 2009

Yesterday it was eighty degrees today it is snowing. You know what they say.” Springtime in the Rockies, don’t look away or the weather will change”. Well that  happens for sure . This is real here. Twenty years ago weather you are seeing weather now that would happen in May…that is for sure…now the same phenomina occurs in April…that is not accidental…perhaps our planet is warming up…perhaps.

Matt

Earth Day and More On Lawns

April 23, 2009

Yabbadaba Doo! Happy Earth Day!

I saw a  lawn that was very unusual. I have wanted to write about it for some time. Earth Day is a great day to write about this lawn.

First of all the lawn is full of sage brush an bunch grass and needs very little water. Pasque flowers bloom on the lawn very early and these flower in 3 colors are quite showy and very early. They bloom as soon as the snow leaves. This lawn has a iron love seat in the middle. A Mad River Canoe (High end canoe) stands on its bow and is buried up to the halfway point.

The lawn is a block from a city park and the yard is very original and pleasing to look at. I need to try out the love seat for comfort, but the seat looks great.

Matt

More on Brown’s Book, Plan B 3.0

April 21, 2009

 Plan B 3.0 is the best book written about the topic of Global Warming and Brown does not hold back any punches.

I would definitely consider Brown as smart on Global Warming as Friedman, author of Hot, Flat and Crowded, another good book.

Brown is a true “canary in a mindshaft” on Global Warming. The problem  is that Brown wrote this earthshattering book two years ago and things are changing so fast on the faled Nation front and various (many) environmental crisis’s that by the time Brown updates this material the world, and all the problems (there are many by my count)that Brown write’s about have changed.

Matt

Global Warming, Larger Than Any Book

April 21, 2009

I have read a lot of material on Global Warming, in fact more so than I can recall, the last 4 years. I would say that Al Gore’s film and book entitled, Inconvieniant Truth, Thomas Friedmans, Hot, Flat and Crowded were the cream of the crop and are both good reading and in Gore’s case, watching also.

Now there is Lester Brown’s, Plan B 3.0. This book was written 2 years ago, and is even more relevant now. This is a “nuts and bolts” read on a tough bunch of subjects like global warming and rainforest deforestation in the Amazon. This is a book that should be off limits to the likes of me because I see Brown as right on most things.

Have you heard of the feeling of being overwhelmed? Well that is how I feel after reading Brown because I do think his way and I do not know how I made it in one piece throughout all of these years of environmentalism and now you put the huge topic of global warming on of all these things and you have Lester Brown’s great read.

Be steeled for Brown’s many complicated topics and his Gladwellian approach to most things. I always thought of a “tipping point” in the context of a chemistry experiment. Brown’s book was read by very many bright minds and he deservedly has mant accolades for his work and his thinking about his work.

You know what scare’s me the most about Brown’s viewpoint of the world is that Brown said we needed to attack some of these problems he posed like we were going to war and he wrote that two years ago.

Matt