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A place to discuss anything that has to do with the "Greening" of our planet.

Location: #science
Members: 50
Latest Activity: Jul 25

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Why it's hard to change a climate denier's mind

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Chris Sep 2, 2017. 29 Replies

This is an interesting blog from James Hrynyshyn, who is a communication expert who writes a science blog called Class: M. I guess I never viewed it this way, but it is intriguing. The idea is that a human effect on climate is hard to believe because it runs counter to thousands of years of human belief, not just biblical but in other cultures as well, that climate is something so huge and beyond our human purview that it is totally counter-intuitive to accept that we could indeed be having…Continue

Tags: communication, climate change

Dealing with a Harsh Reality

Started by Dennis Paul Renner. Last reply by Dennis Paul Renner Sep 17, 2015. 16 Replies

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I question every action I have taken to help the planet, and, there by humanity, and the animals I have shared this planet with. Like many of you I have taken many steps in my life to protect our home. I became vegan 22 years ago, and was a vegetarian the previous 37 years. I rode bicycle every chance I got instead of driving a car, I got into solar cooking to use the suns energy instead of the carbon industries fuels. Of course I recycled. The…Continue

NEWS FLASH>> Breaking: State Department Supports Keystone XL Pipeline

Started by Sydni Moser. Last reply by Neal Jun 20, 2013. 4 Replies

 The US State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has been released. The State Department “does not regard the No Action Alternative to be preferable to the proposed Project.” On Day 7 of the White House Sit-in, an estimated…Continue

How a Country With One of the World's Largest Economies Is Ditching Fossil Fuels

Started by Neal. Last reply by Michel Apr 21, 2013. 16 Replies

As the U.S., and apparently Canada, moves into being a major supplier of death fuels, some countries are going in a different direction. America doesn't lead anymore, because our government is full of conservative christian dipshits.The country is headed for 80 percent renewable energy and has complete buy-in from all political parties.December 19, 2012 |…Continue

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Comment by Adriana on March 16, 2011 at 12:28pm
Houseplants improve brain function (attention span!) I posted this here.
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 15, 2011 at 9:22pm
Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Urban environmentalism


Moving from a suburb or rural area to a city can reduce your carbon emissions by up to 70 percent. And — good news! — a lot of people would like to move to big cities. But they can’t, because the people currently living in the cities refuse to allow more development. They like their city the way it is, thankyouverymuch. You can see the environmental impact of that on this graph: D.C. has abnormally high per-capita carbon emissions for a city — almost triple New York’s level. Why? I’m guessing it’s the height limit we impose on buildings, which encourages sprawl and high prices rather than density and low emissions.

 

 

The irony, as Ryan Avent notes with some annoyance, is that a lot of the city-dwellers walking the picket lines against tall buildings and changes to a city’s “character” think of themselves an environmentalists. Kevin Drum comments:

My guess is that virtually nobody in the country thinks that cities are greener places than towns or suburbs. And by “virtually nobody,” I mean maybe a few percent tops. For most people, it’s wildly counterintuitive on all sorts of levels to think of big, dirty, crowded, urban areas as “green.” It just doesn’t compute.

 

 

The downside of this is that urbanophiles have a huge uphill battle ahead of them to change people’s minds. The upside is that there’s no place to go but up. It might take years or decades, but there’s a genuine opportunity to educate the public over the long term and change the way they think about density. And this in turn represents a genuine opportunity to change the way Ryan’s lefty friends think about developers who want to put up dense new buildings.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 14, 2011 at 9:50pm

The Past was Worse 

 

Back in Those Days, an Oil Spill Went Completely Unnoticed

That ain't Texas, and it sure as hell isn't Saudi Arabia. That's the modern home of hippies and Priuses -- California, as it looked in 1928 (specifically, Huntington Beach). Back in those days if you ran across an otter that wasn't covered in oil, it was considered a source of shame for the community.

That ain't Texas, and it sure as hell isn't Saudi Arabia. That's the modern home of hippies and Priuses -- California, as it looked in 1928 (specifically, Huntington Beach). Back in those days if you ran across an otter that wasn't covered in oil, it was considered a source of shame for the community.


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Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 13, 2011 at 8:36pm

TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE

How we can save environmentalism—and ourselves How we can save environmentalism—and ourselves image

In a recent speech, Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger presented 12 theses of environmental thought, which they hope will supply "underlying assumptions for a new, post-environmental climate movement." Let's discuss. READ MORE

Comment by A Former Member on March 8, 2011 at 7:49pm

Don't Let Congress Roll Back 40 Years of Environmental Protections

Republicans in Congress are attempting to repeal fundamental environmental protections by attaching hundreds of amendments to a stop-gap funding measure.

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 8, 2011 at 10:13am
Fascinating lack of knowledge exhibited by Rand Paul on the Daily Show - we do not need regulations because our environment is getting cleaner - completely forgetting about the EPA
"Doesn't the government have a role though, in keeping business practices honest," Stewart asked. "Would our food be as healthy and clean as it is if we hadn't have had the Pure Food [and Drug] Act or the FDA?"
Paul then began to argue that things aren't actually so bad, and that the government is overstating the problems it must regulate.

"We need to acknowledge that the air is actually much cleaner than it was 30 years ago," Paul said.

"But that's the Clean Air Act," Stewart shot back.

Throughout the nearly 20 minute-long interview, which waxed wonky at times, Paul repeated his argument that a more limited government, coupled with lower taxes are necessary to spur economic growth and balance the budget.
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/rand-paul-banking-collap...
Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on March 7, 2011 at 8:46am

A Product Of The Past

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Ken Layne comments on the GOP's cost cutting ways:

“Foamed polystyrene” is a miraculous invention that manages to be completely awful through every step of its near-eternal “life cycle” — it is manufactured with petroleum that must be imported from Middle East dictatorships, toxic “styrene oligomers” migrate into the food it holds, it’s highly flammable and produces black poisonous smoke, and most of the 25 billion polystyrene cups tossed every year will take more than half a millennium to degrade. And that’s why the Republican-led House of Representatives made it an immediate priority to cancel the House cafeteria’s four years of biodegradable food and beverage packaging. 

Brian Merchant joins the pile on:

[Styrofoam] is fully and wholly a Product of the Past, with, in my mind, no place in modern society. Which should tell you something about the environmental attitude of the leadership that's making a show of bringing it back.

Comment by Adriana on March 5, 2011 at 9:20am
Meatless Mondays are a great idea. It will cause an uproar though.
Comment by Sydni Moser on March 4, 2011 at 8:18pm
 
 
 

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