Friday, October 31, 2008

A Last Push To Deregulate - washingtonpost.com

A Last Push To Deregulate - washingtonpost.com: White House to Ease Many Rules

"The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.

The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms."

FJR: It's not only been a nightmare, it's a nightmare that we aren't going to wake up from.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Environment VS Trails.

A trail in Victor, some want it widened some don’t. What, after reading the argument, are your thoughts on this local environmental matter?

Preserve The Trail (Railroad Mills Special Environmental Area - A Unique Part of the Auburn Trail Extension) The Coalition to save RRMSEA believes Victor's plan will have serious environmental impacts and will eliminate the wilderness feeling that makes the area so special. We propose a compromise that creates an accessible trail that can be enjoyed by a wide range of users, and preserves the sensitive and unique environment.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Environment – Opinion or Science?

There are voluminous conversations in all forms of the media about environmental matters. This is a fact. The environmental dialogues range from the absolutely absurd (like the Universe was created in seven day) to the reductionism of a specialized scientific inquiry—of which only a handful of scientists understand what they are talking about. This is a fact. Environmental matters are of interest to some and not important to others. This is not a fact, it is suicidal thinking.

Holding that you aren’t an environmentalist, or don’t care about our environment is like standing in front of a machine gun daring the shooter to practice his belief in ballistics. You’ll lose, it’s not an opinion.

In this day, when environmental matters have become so politicized, such as corporations and political machines that blanket the media with obfuscation about the dangers of global warming and pollution, concern about our environment has become a matter of opinion. It’s not, it is science.

What the point? Why should we care whether the public understands that environmental matters are science and not opinion? Well, if you think the mechanisms that operate our environment are merely opinions, you can form an attitude against the workings and importance of our environmental matters (as millions have) and dismiss all evidence pertaining to them.

If you know that the mechanisms of our environment are based on science, then you pay attention because you know if you don’t pay attention to the details you pay.

I’ve come across an excellent series of earth and environmental lectures and I implore you to check them out. You cannot breeze though this in a minute and launch an opinion. There are 50+ lectures and you’ll have to take time for it. You’ll have to listen to it in-depth and understand the fundamentals of environmental science. Dr. Shorey’s lectures are clear, methodical, and scientific-not a tirade about half-baked opinions on what should be mattering to us most—the environmental health of our planet.

Please, take some time and get a scientific overview of how our planet works before working up an irrational attitude towards what science is and what science has to say about our environment. If we don’t get it, if we don’t understand the science of our environment before we develop our opinions, then we will have become an unsustainable species—like the dinosaurs and the 95% of all the creature that have once existed on this planet.

We are humans and sure we have lots of stuff that the cave man didn’t, but gravity still rules and carbon dioxide still is excited by photons from the sun and we haven’t been issued a special pass because we think we are something special.

So, check this out: EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL - SYSTEMS PODCAST - COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES - SYGN 101 - Dr. Shorey http://inside.mines.edu/~cshorey/pages/sygn.html

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why Are Cancer Rates High?

The real “bottom line” on the prevalence of cancer rates in any one area is, of course, environmental. We study smoking effects, we study eating, and healthy lifestyles. But, we don’t proactively check potential environmental causes of cancer—like years of air, water, and soil contaminations from industrial waste.

We don’t check the repercussions of the pharmaceuticals that get into our waterways, or how any of our man-made chemicals react, radiate, or produce ‘chemical cocktails’ (mixings chemicals that weren’t meant to be mixed). We don’t check these things unless there is a clear and obvious contamination that can’t be ignored.

There are a zillion possible environmental effects that could be causing our cancer rates to be high. But, we don’t proactively look for them because industry would cry “foul.” And, as we all know, the health of any one industry is more important that the health of our environment—not.

I am not singling out the Rochester area for the lack of proactive studies. No area does this on a wholesale assumption that man-made effects on our environment are having drastic cancerous effects on us.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

FRONTLINE: heat: watch the full program | PBS

FRONTLINE: heat: watch the full program PBS: "Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, fires, floods and droughts. On the eve of a historic election, award-winning producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates how the world's largest corporations and governments are responding to Earth's looming environmental disaster."

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change News & Articles on washingtonpost.com

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change News & Articles on washingtonpost.com: "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Search results: News articles and analysis about 'Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change' from washingtonpost.com"

FJR: Knowing this issue should be on par with Politics and Economy--on our front burner.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Canada to help poorer nations fight climate change

Canada to help poorer nations fight climate change: "Canada will give $100 million to developing countries to fight climate change, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Sunday.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the three-day Francophonie summit in Quebec City, Harper said developed countries such as Canada are in a position to help poorer nations."

National Center for Environmental Health: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program | About CLPPP  | CDC

National Center for Environmental Health: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program About CLPPP CDC: "The Lead Contamination Control Act of 1988 authorized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to initiate program efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the United States."

Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants | Environmental Working Group

Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants Environmental Working Group: "Bottled water contains disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication"

2008 National Environmental Scorecard

2008 National Environmental Scorecard

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Question of the Day


It’s shouldn’t be a question, we should be changing our energy attitudes. This is the question of the day, will the economic crisis experienced world-wide slow down renewable energy growth? It’s too bad that it’s framed as a question, when it should be framed as an opportunity: Our present economics and reliance on fossil-burning fuel have failed us, now it’s time to change our economies so that our economies reflect their effect on our environment and all governments should be focusing on wind and solar power for our future energy needs—even oil and coal companies should devote their monies to making solar and wind power work (which, I know is heresy.)


Our underlying assumption about our economy is fundamentally flawed: We assume that The Economy (that man created) Rules – but it doesn’t Nature does. Throw a dollar at a hurricane and see what that does for ya.


Check this story out:TheStar.com Business Will global money meltdown tip the scales on clean energy development? Small projects may be hit particularly hard as discriminating lenders put cash in bigger ventures considered less risky - A squeeze in lending and fears that a global recession will continue to push down fossil-fuel prices could prove a major setback for the development of clean energy and deployment of green technologies.(Oct 14, 08) http://www.thestar.com/

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear

Although there are many nuclear plants around the world, one Chernobyl-like incident will chill any Global Warming argument used in favor of using nuclear power. Man is prone to error, despite the efforts of the best and brightest who build and maintain our nuclear power plants. For, when you think about it, they have to be the best given the consequences of a nuclear error. Also, nuclear plants take a long time to build (meaning paperwork), a lot of insurance, and lots and lots of water to cool the plants—not to mention the warmed waters discharges which affect fish life.

As for the “baseload” argument that coal and nuclear power are our only choices: If we redesigned our electrical grid so that computers could help channel energy loads when and where they are needed, solar and wind power could provide the necessary base loads. Critics are forever belying the reliability of wind and solar because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. Well, if the grid is large enough, the wind does always blow—somewhere. And already there are reliable solar batteries that can store energy when the sun doesn’t shine—it’s called heating water, which retains heat very well and could heat our houses.

As for the arguments about wind and solar power having to be given tax breaks by the government, it’s hard to take them seriously when one thinks about how many billions the US has allowed the oil companies in tax relief.

Isn’t it time to do the right thing on energy and go renewable energy? You won’t need an iodine pill for your thyroid, if you live next to a wind turbine.

Global Warming On Hold

The underlying science that greenhouse gases are warming up planet Earth have been suspended because of the World-Wide Economic Crisis. Carbon Dioxide and Methane Gas molecules have mutually agree not to react so vibrantly at this time. Until further notice, the media will cease its comprehensive coverage of this matter. The laws of physics too will step aside while mankind focuses on the repercussion his rapacious economic systems.

People can be assured that science understands that nothing is more important than the world market. Thus, no one need worry that their behavior or corporation’s, no matter how polluting, will have any affect on anyone’s health.

Also, please note: pollution of our air, water, and land, the loss of biodiversity, the scarcity of clean water, and all other environmental concerns have abated until this crisis is over. The laws governing our universe care.

All Environmental degradation in all forms will stop until future notice. At that time the media can resume its awesome coverage of sustainability matters—unless, of course, George Bush or Vice-president Dick Cheney, break either of their fingernails.

Rochester Sierra Club Tackles Water Privatization Issue

What if you lived by the largest body of fresh water in the world but could no longer afford to use it? Residents of Highland Park, Michigan – known as the birthplace of the auto industry – have received water bills as high as $10,000. They have had their water turned off, their homes foreclosed and their children taken away by social services.

Now they are struggling to keep water, a basic human right, from becoming privatized!

FILM RELEASE: “The Water Front” Shows Local Fight for Water Access Location: The Little Theatre – Theatre #3 Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Time: 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM https://www.thelittle.org/moviePage.php?filmID=798 - Check the listing at the Little Theatre. 53-minute film followed by a panel discussion: Marian Kramer (Michigan Welfare Rights Organization), Ann Howard (RIT Professor, Department of Science, Technology & Society, Public Policy and Environmental Science Programs) and Wayne Howard (Chair, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Great Lakes Committee)

Exclusive: The methane time bomb

By Steve Connor, Science EditorTuesday, 23 September 2008 - http://www.independent.co.uk/

Arctic scientists discover new global warming threat as melting permafrost releases millions of tons of a gas 20 times more damaging than carbon dioxide

The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists.

The Independent has been passed details of preliminary findings suggesting that massive deposits of sub-sea methane are bubbling to the surface as the Arctic region becomes warmer and its ice retreats.

Friday, October 10, 2008

How the Oil Sands Got to the Great Lakes Basin

HOW THE OIL SANDS GOT TO
THE GREAT LAKES BASIN:
PIPELINES, REFINERIES AND EMISSIONS
TO AIR AND WATER
By David Israelson
for the Program on Water Issues
Munk Centre for International Studies
University of Toronto

"Those refineries could “wipe out many of the pollution gains” made at the lakes since the 1970s, according to the study. "

Interesting reading.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

IUCN 2008 Red List - Home Page

IUCN 2008 Red List - Home Page

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™
The IUCN Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has for more than four decades been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation. Although today we are operating in a very different political, economic, social and ecological world from that when the first IUCN Red Data Book was produced, the IUCN Species Programme, working with the Species Survival Commission and many partners, remains firmly committed to providing the world with the most objective, scientifically-based information on the current status of globally threatened biodiversity. The plants and animals assessed for the IUCN Red List are the bearers of genetic diversity and the building blocks of ecosystems, and information on their conservation status and distribution provides the foundation for making informed decisions about conserving biodiversity from local to global levels.

Economics Seen Bolstering Case To Protect Nature | CommonDreams.org

Economics Seen Bolstering Case To Protect Nature CommonDreams.org: "BARCELONA, Spain - Worsening damage to nature is jolting the world into doing more to protect animals and plants and new economic arguments will bolster the case for action, the head of a global conservation network said."

Monday, October 06, 2008

One In Four Mammals Risks Extinction | CommonDreams.org

One In Four Mammals Risks Extinction CommonDreams.org: "BARCELONA, Spain - A quarter of the world's mammals are threatened with extinction, an international survey showed on Monday, and the destruction of habitats and hunting are the major causes."

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Only Eight Years to Save Earth

On Dire Consequences: [My thoughts on the talk by Anthony Marr, founder of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE) with Anthony Marr, titled "GLOBAL WARMING and MASS EXTINCTION" at the Brighton Town Hall Auditorium, Thursday, October 2nd, sponsored by ARAUNY Animal Rights Advocates of Upstate New York] Anthony Marr told a gathering of about twenty that mankind has about an eight-year window to solve Global Warming.

The threat of planetary warming caused by carbon dioxide isn’t our greatest worry; the threat caused by methane is the real worry. Seventy-five times more powerful at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, methane (which caused four of the five mass extinctions on Earth) is the “bomb” and carbon dioxide only the fuse.

I’m wondering if other credible sources are ringing the alarm on the ‘methane bomb’ and if so where are you hearing about it? In short, if there is an eight-year window in which to solve the Global Warming problem before runaway (feedback loop) warming on this planet occurs, why are only 15 people in a lecture hall privy to this cataclysmic scenario? Wouldn’t this be enough bleed to lead on the media?