Tim noticed that the term “sea level rise” is incomplete. When faced with a statistic like “eight inches of sea level rise by 2030”, people dismissed it… thinking it wasn’t a big deal. Tim understood that it was a very big deal. As a scientist he had done the field work, and the calculations. An eight inch vertical rise in sea level translates to hundreds of feet of horizontal “run” across the sands of a flat beach.
Last week Congress set about the task of repealing one set of regulations aimed at keeping streams safe from coal mining impacts and another to reduce liabilities of escaped methane. The coal industry would have to monitor water quality before, during and after mining activities, and if water quality went down, the mining companies would have to restore the stream to its previous quality/viability/verdancy. The natural gas/fracking operations would have to reduce loss of “fugitive” natural gas from leaks, venting and flaring (the intentional burning off of natural gas). Those operations would incur the increased cost of monitoring for leaks, fixing leaks, and for capturing – not flaring – natural gas.
Jodi Smits Anderson is making sure that sustainability is truly understood and used as a tool for greater achievement in projects, planning and living. She is an architect, LEED AP BD+C, AIA member, and has served in many leadership roles with the USGBC in local and national committees. She is working with NESEA on planning […]
It was just announced that for the third year in a row, the Earth set a temperature record. For three straight years, the hottest year on record was the one just completed. 2016 beat the all time record of 2015, which beat the all time record of 2014. This has NEVER happened before since these […]
I have had enough colleagues, friends and family members die – of age, aids, alcohol, cancer, heart failure, disease, accident, suicide, violence, at sea, on land, quickly, slowly, unexpectedly, horribly, from heredity, doing what they loved, willfully, unwittingly, too soon and just because – that I am cognizant and intimately familiar with denial and its […]
In our book “This Spaceship Earth” my co-author Tim Rumage and I write about the essential need to create technologies that can perform “atmospheric cleansing”. We state that this is the “moon shot” technology needed to return the current 1230+ gigatonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere back down to the 830 gigatonne level of 45 […]
NOTE: This column from Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of TSE.Org first appeared here: http://planetaryethicist.com/ As I learned it, the Golden Rule was ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ with the goal that such consciousness would lead to doing good, being good and using kindness, graciousness and gratitude as […]
Climate Change is real. It is happening and it is accelerating. There are many obvious indicators to see for anyone not holding a contrived political filter, those that still live in the rapidly eroding state of denial. Sea level rise can now be seen in the present, not imagined decades down the line. Entire […]
During the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, barriers will be installed across the fourteen dying rivers that empty into Guanabara Bay. The barriers are to keep garbage from floating into the paths of Olympic sailors. In the bay itself, a fleet of boats will patrol to keep debris from causing any mishaps and potentially costing someone a medal.
Through time we hope Crew Commentary will be a place where intelligent and inspirational messages from people around the world will be posted. It is our goal to have this space become one of stimulating messages that will prompt all who visit here to commit to becoming crew of This Spaceship Earth. Here is the inspirational speech Leonardo DiCaprio delivered to the United Nations. Thank you Mr. DiCaprio for truly being a leading crew member!