Crew Commentary

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Accounting for Natural Capital

POSTED: Bob Leonard 09.03.2019 no comments


  I make an effort to buy green. Not only because I want to use nature-friendly products, but because I felt I was voting with my dollars… that my purchases were influencing the manufacturers. I’ve learned that it isn’t as simple as that. The problem is that most of those products still support our linear, […]


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Massive Opportunity on the Horizon

POSTED: Bob Leonard 08.27.2019 no comments


  I’m sensing a pattern… not quite a zeitgeist, but I think it’s heading in that direction. Everything that’s happening now… with the climate, and income inequality, and rising authoritarian populism and all the rest; I think it’s a call to action. I think we are being given an opportunity. An opportunity to step up […]


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Happy 50th Anniversary, Earthrise!

POSTED: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 12.27.2018 no comments


  photo: William Anders, Apollo 8, December 24, 1968 Apollo 8 crew: Frank Borman, James Lovell, William Anders   There are three NASA photographs that seem central in shaping and reshaping our consciousness, philosophy and reality regarding our interactions with each other, with other species, and with the planet as well as our role in […]


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Overcoming Climate Change Can Put Us on the Road to a Whole New (Better) Life

POSTED: Bob Leonard 07.07.2018 no comments


First off, let me get something straight. We don’t need to save the planet. Planet Earth will be fine. It has been around for 4.5 billion years, and it will survive for billions more. To put things in perspective, humans have existed for 200,000 years. That’s 0.00004 percent of the total life of the planet. […]


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Urgency and Action: Reversing Global Warming

POSTED: William "Coty" Keller 05.16.2018 no comments


Florida Veterans for Common Sense 2018 Climate Change Report   Executive Summary   The members of Florida Veterans for Common Sense are committed to creating a stable climate. This report provides our vision of the problem and solutions, together with concrete and practical actions that citizens can take.     Global warming is real, it’s […]


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The Environment is Crucial to Economic Health

POSTED: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 02.04.2018 no comments


The days of the ‘economy vs. environment’ fight are over, and really have been for several years. How do I know this? Because the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland tells me so. Since 2011 environmental factors have been in the top 5 global risks in both likelihood and impact. This year, environmental factors dominate […]


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Babcock Ranch: Effects of Sustainable Food Production

POSTED: Janet Lewis 01.03.2018 no comments


  Janet Lewis holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Botany from The University of Michigan. She conducted postdoctoral research at The University of Minnesota and the International Center for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT). From 2007-2011 she led the Wheat Breeding and Genetics program at […]


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Babcock Ranch – the First Solar Town in the U.S.

POSTED: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 12.27.2017 no comments


I have long believed that our electricity supply system had a vitamin D deficiency. We were not getting enough sunlight into the equation.   I’m well versed in both the potential and viability of solar energy, and the promise of sustainability. I’m also an advocate of Buckminster Fuller’s design philosophy and a disciple of Ian […]


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Atmospheric CO2 Increasing as Seas, Soils and Trees are Overwhelmed

POSTED: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 11.28.2017 no comments


On December 12, 2015 the Paris Climate Accord (PCA)*1 was adopted by consensus of the 195 members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  News reports showed the celebrative mood of the participants.  Not only had the PCA been agreed upon, but the plan was going to try to limit global average […]


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Preparing for More Irmas: by Adaptation or Mitigation?

POSTED: William "Coty" Keller 09.26.2017 1 Comment


Staff Writers Zach Murdock and Elizabeth Djinis did a nice job in the Sarasota Herald Tribune (Preparing for More Irmas, 9/17/2017) explaining that hurricane Irma represents the new normal: the strongest storms should get stronger in the coming decades as the ocean temperatures warm; creeping sea level rise will make storm surges and inundation worse, […]


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