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Stranger Than Fiction Renewable Energies November 4, 2009

Filed under: Climate Change — cameronbard @ 3:35 am

v1The term “alternative energy” has been around for a long time, and surely the words “solar panels” and “wind turbines” no longer sound futuristic, but the fact of the matter is that emerging energy technologies are coming out everyday, and sometimes with a strange twist.

Here are four of the oddest and most extraordinary alternative energies to date. From kites to entire islands, the future of replacing fossil fuels is getting creative.

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Cameron Diaz: Planet Earth’s Publicist October 28, 2009

Filed under: Climate Change — Zain @ 12:43 am

diaz_1005In this Youtube video Cameron Diaz interviews Americans who seem to have a few concerns about the environment.

In the video she drives around the country in her hybrid asking people questions about the land and water around them. The video is meant to inspire people to get up and do something, sort of what this blog is trying to do. We need more celebrities like Diaz to start advocating for the earth because whether you like it or not famous people have the biggest influence on us common folk and especially us young common folk.

I don’t know if it’s the fact that Diaz went out of her way to make a video advocating us to save the earth or that she reminds me of my middle school crush but she is intriguing and so is the video. The video is not filled with facts or polar bears swimming away from small masses of ice. It’s simple, it’s about people, normal people who want to make a difference but don’t really know how.

Diaz is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment

 

Comedian Glen Beck: Why we all should be watching October 23, 2009

Filed under: Climate Change,Politics — Zain @ 12:26 am

s-GLENN-BECK-largeFellow Save the world blogger Conor Mcgee might never post another Glenn Beck article but in this post I’m going to publicly ask him to reconsider. Listen, Conor and all STW blog readers and bloggers, humans need humor in their lives. Glenn Beck offers the world great comedy. If you need to be cheered up say… you just failed a midterm, had a fight with a friend or just got a facebook friend request from your mom, TURN ON BECK. His nonsensical rants and lack of real factual information make for great comedic television.

Now as Conor brought up, the scary thing is people take him seriously and get most of their news from Beck and Hannity. But who are these people, how can they watch the segments like the one shown in the link below and say “You know what, Beck makes some good points”. These viewer have obviously made a conscious effort to ignore all logic, rationality and factual evidence. Hate has filled their hearts, whether it be hate for the administration, for gays, for rape victims, or for Volunteers. It takes a certain type of person to watch Beck and only Beck and though it is scary for the rest of America, I am not sure if we can really do something about it.

Sure we can ignore them, claiming our time is to0 valuable and engaging in any sort of debate with Beck or his followers would be worthless but your not going to stop the Beck machine. He gets ratings and as long as this administration is in office his rants will continue. So laugh, enjoy, sit down with some popcorn, and take a trip away from reality and enter the imaginary world of Glenn Beck and Fox news.

We’re in the business of saving the world and laughter is the best medicine. so please… watch Glenn Beck.

Read Conor’s article HERE

Watch Glenn Beck’s stand up on global warming HERE

 

Being Green Aint That Hard October 15, 2009

Filed under: Climate Change — cameronbard @ 6:59 pm
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Globally-Green-AttitudesThe world is heating up. And I’m not even taking into account the hot air from Barack Obama’s head after he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

I’m being extremely literal; icebergs are melting, floods are becoming more popular, and droughts are too. The world’s climate as we know it is changing. Back in the Bush era it was almost “radical” to say that humans were the cause of global climate change, but now that debate doesn’t matter any longer. Whether or not humans are solely to blame for global warming is completely irrelevant. The world is in a heating cycle and we’re not doing anything to help it. The CO2 emissions from our coal plants, factories and cars have been shown to have a dramatically negative effect on the ecosystems of the world, not to mention, as they take over more and more of our atmosphere the global temperature rises.  You think our problem stops there? No way.  Overfishing,  ozone depletion, water pollution,  soil erosion, excess human waste, excess electronic waste, chemical over-saturation in nature, deforestation, and oil-exploitation are all human activated problems that are taking over our planet. So what can you possibly do to help solve any of this? The “environment” is too big, and you’re too small.

And then one simple little question gets thrown at you – Did you know that most produce sold in the U.S. travels 1,500 miles before reaching your table? – and all of a sudden it becomes clear. YOU don’t have to solve global climate change. But if you do your part, WE can help stop it. 1,500 miles? That’s outrageous, not to mention that’s a lot of truck pollution. Simply eat local and trim off your food’s mileage to cut down on transportation dependency.

It’s too easy to be intimidated by the bigger picture. Being an environmentalist is about being an individual who makes the best, eco-friendly decisions you can make. Recycle, walk as much as you can, turn off the lights when you don’t need to use them, and buy from your local farmer’s market. It’s that easy.

Green World. Green Blog.

-Cameron Bard STW…blog

 

Whatever happened to global warming? October 14, 2009

Filed under: Climate Change — doctaha @ 2:46 am

Whatever happened to global warming?

Paul Hudson | 12:28 UK time, Friday, 9 October 2009

The title of this may be a surprise. So might the fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not last year, or 2007, but 1998. For the last decade we have not observed any increase in global temperatures. What’s more, climate models did not forecast it even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise. So what on earth is going on?

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Climate change sceptics, who passionately and consistently argue that man’s influence on our climate is overstated, say they saw it coming. They argue there are natural climate cycles over which we have no control which dictate how warm the planet is. But what is the evidence for this?

During the last few decades of the 20th century, our planet did warm quickly. Sceptics argue that the warming we observed was down to the energy from the sun increasing; 98% of the earth’s warmth comes from the sun. But research published by the Royal Society two years ago seemed to rule out solar influences. Its approach was to look at solar output and cosmic ray intensity over the last 30-40 years, and compare them with changing global temperatures. The results were clear. “Warming in the last 20 to 40 years can’t have been caused by solar activity,” said Dr Piers Forster from Leeds University, a leading contributor to this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

One solar scientist, however, Piers Corbyn, from the long range forecasters Weather Action, disagrees. He claims that solar charged particles impact us far more than is currently accepted, so much so he says, that they are almost entirely responsible for what happens to global temperatures.

Then there are oceans; the earth’s great heat stores. And according to research conducted by Professor Don Easterbrook from Western Washington University last November, the temperatures of the oceans and the planet are related. He says the oceans have a cycle in which they warm and cool cyclically. The most significant is called Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO). For much of the 1980s and 90s, it was in a positive cycle- ie warmer than average. Global temperatures were warm too. But in the last few years it’s started to cool down. In the past such cycles have lasted for nearly 30 years.

So could global temperatures follow? The global cooling from 1945 to 1977 coincided with one of these cold Pacific cycles. Professor Easterbrook continues ‘The PDO cool mode has replaced the warm mode in the Pacific Ocean, virtually assuring us of about 30 years of global cooling’

So what does it all mean? Climate change sceptics argue this is evidence they have been right all along. They say there are so many other natural causes for warming and cooling, that even if man is warming the planet, it’s insignificant compared to nature.

Iceberg melting (BBC)

But those scientists who are equally passionate about man’s influence on global warming argue their science is solid. The Met Office’s Hadley Centre, responsible for future climate predictions, incorporates factors like solar variation and ocean cycles, along with man-made greenhouse gases, into its climate models. It says temperatures have never gone up in a straight line, and there will always be periods of slower warming, or even temporary cooling. What’s crucial is the long-term trend in global temperatures. And that, according to the Met Office, is upward.

To confuse the issue even further, last month, another member of the IPCC, Dr Mojib Latif of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University , said that we may indeed be in a period of cooling worldwide temperatures that could last another 10-20 years. But he makes it clear he has not become a sceptic; he believes that this cooling will be temporary, before the overwhelming force of man made global warming reasserts itself.

So what can we expect in the next few years? Both sides have very different forecasts. The Met Office says warming is set to resume quickly and strongly. Indeed, it predicts that from 2010 to 2015 at least half the years will be hotter than the current hottest year on record (1998). Sceptics say it’s unlikely temperatures will reach the heights of 1998 until 2030 at the earliest; indeed it’s possible that because of ocean and solar cycles a period of global cooling is more likely.

One thing’s for sure. The debate about what’s causing global warming is far from over. Some would say it’s hotting up.

Link to source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/