Ocean Plastic Litter

I used to think it would be difficult to produce so huge an amount of litter that it would actually screw up our vast oceans.  Clearly, when we see a river jammed with pollution, emitting a foul smell, and even on fire (as happened near Cleveland,) we eventually take action.  But the ocean is so vast, how can we possibly create that much pollution?

Well, we’re doing it.  And because plastics simply don’t break down very quickly, they become a hazard to marine life … which also happens to be a major source for our food. … Keep reading

California Air Conditioning

Here’s a departure from our usual blogs, a report that looks back almost three years at climate changing challenges to our lifestyle, and how we’ve dealt with those challenges.  I’ll add comments afterwards.

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California’s air conditioner-driven blackouts are only the start

 

James Temple

MIT Technology Review

1 September 2020

 

Rolling blackouts: As record-breaking heat waves baked Californians last month, the collective strain of millions of air conditioners forced the state’s grid operators to plunge hundreds of thousands of households into darkness.… Keep reading

Supreme Court Climate Action

Everyone “talks the talk” about taking action to stop global warming and the destruction of our planet.  And some gains have been made, here and there.  But coordinated action on the parts of every major government has not happened, for any number of the usual reasons.  Here’s a legal action that may carry sufficient weight to force needed change.  I’ll add comments afterwards.

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‘A Win for the Planet!’:

 

Dutch Supreme Court Issues Landmark Ruling Mandating Climate Action

 

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Common Dreams

December 20, 2019

 

The nonprofit that brought the case called it “a groundbreaking decision that confirms that individual governments must do their fair share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”… Keep reading

E-Car Range Breakthrough

As e-cars grew in demand, manufacturers of gas cars needed some aspect to provide them an edge.  As e-cars cost far less to operate and are better environmentally, they lacked the recharge infrastructure.  The vast network of gas stations and the need for only a few minutes to refuel gave them an advantage.  So the gas car manufacturers used “range” as their advantage.

However, as it’s a lot less expensive to install a recharge station then it was to build gas stations, the e-car recharge network is growing rapidly. … Keep reading

Food and Water Wars

Here’s a recent report detailing the effect that climate change will have for the next generation. What I like is its implications for individual activities and not just the actions of politicians.  I think it’s safe to say that our political leaders, globally, have had plenty of time now to address this problem – which impacts life on Earth for all of us – and have failed to solve it.  I’ll add comments afterwards about things we can do to help solve this problem.… Keep reading