Archive - 2018

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Save your phony Earth Day tweets, leaders
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Spring snowstorms bring death to migrating birds
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Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms
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Your weird weather and the melting Arctic
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“Should I give up on white people?” Racism and hope
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Who would Jesus bomb?
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China meets 2020 carbon target ahead of schedule
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Sounds of nature, culture and place
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Millennials show rising power of progressives
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Mob Don Trump goes bananas over FBI raid

Save your phony Earth Day tweets, leaders

At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, shortly before my 13th birthday, there was a widespread sense that Americans finally were beginning to value the earth, to understand its essential role in sustaining life, and to demand actions to keep those support systems healthy. It was an era when there was enough bipartisan agreement to pass major, much-needed legislation to clean our air and water, to clean up toxic waste, to protect endangered species and preserve large wild areas that are important both for their beauty and their biodiversity.

What the hell has happened? Read More

Spring snowstorms bring death to migrating birds

[Cross-posted at my other blog, Gathering Runes.]

While big April snowstorms are not common in Wisconsin, they do happen now and then. But the two feet dumped on Green Bay this past weekend not only set a state record for April, it also ranks second on the list of all-time recorded snowfalls, second only to a 29-inch snowfall in March 1888.

And the birds migrating north flew right into it. Read More

Allergies are getting worse as the planet warms

Allergies are worsening and allergy seasons lengthening as the planet warms due to our use of fossil fuels. CBS news reports:

Rising temperatures from climate change and more carbon dioxide in the air are causing many pollen-producing plants to bloom earlier – and last longer – thus prolonging allergy season.

Dr. Joseph Shapiro, an allergist and immunologist in Los Angeles, says his office is now flooded with patients year round.

“New patient visits are coming in at different times of year that I did not use to see,” he said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. While allergies are more common in children, they can occur for the first time at any age.

With allergy seasons growing longer and more intense, experts say many people are developing seasonal allergies for the first time well into their adulthood.

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Your weird weather and the melting Arctic

This new video is the best I have seen that explains why scientists are linking the weird weather we have been experiencing in winter and spring to the melting of the Arctic that is a result of our use of fossil fuels. We need to read the signs of the times while we can still take effective action. Read More

“Should I give up on white people?” Racism and hope

Racism is a great flash point in American culture, carrying centuries of weight and denial. I am so tired of the denial, and yet as a white person I am privileged to merely experience anger and sadness over our state of affairs. For my friends of color, the reality is a constant source of stress, danger, and injustice. And an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times gives a hint of the level of frustration and exhaustion no doubt felt by many people of color.

“Should I give up on white people?” That’s the title and main question raised by George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University and an African American. It’s about the despicable, hate-filled comments and threats he received for another New York Times op-ed piece in 2015, called “Dear White America.” He had started that earlier article with these words: Read More

Who would Jesus bomb?

Bombs rained down on three Syrian chemical weapons storage and research facilities.

“Mission accomplished!” exclaimed our explosive president.

But what IS the mission? What WAS accomplished? Read More

China meets 2020 carbon target ahead of schedule

 

China met its 2020 carbon intensity target three years early, its Xinhua news agency has reported. By the end of 2017, the nation had cut its carbon intensity 46 percent below its 2005 level. This drop came during a period when its economy more than doubled in size. Read More

Sounds of nature, culture and place

Orbitz has put together a wonderful set of soundscapes from 36 places around the world. Some capture the peace and gentle sounds of places away from the busyness of life, while others capture the vibrancy and sometimes the noisiness of urban life and the variety of human cultures. They were made by people who live in these places and chose these sounds to represent them. Altogether, it serves as a reminder not only of the beauty of diversity, but that nature and culture are always interconnected, not two separate realities. Read More

Millennials show rising power of progressives

There is a wide and growing generational gap in political views among Americans, according to recent reports by the Pew Research Center. Millennials in particular have adopted perspectives far to the left of older Americans. Gen Xers, also, to a lesser extent, indicate a long period ahead of rising power for progressive politics, as the stalwart generations of conservatives die out. Read More

Mob Don Trump goes bananas over FBI raid

President Trump went bananas after the FBI’s sudden raid of his attorney’s office, home and hotel. “I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now,” Trump said, adding: “It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”

There you have it. Trump now equates the nation with himself. “The president’s words were more befitting a mob don when the feds are closing in,” said former White House ethics counsel Norman Eisen. Read More

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