Congress, Enact a Carbon Tax

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Congress- listen up; forty companies with annual revenues of $611 billion want you to take action on climate change- including GM, the world’s largest auto manufacturer. What are you waiting for?
This past month, GM joined a stellar group, including Starbucks, Adidas, L’Oréal & IKEA. These companies are urging federal lawmakers

Munich Re on Climate Change in North America: NOT IF, BUT HOW

“Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America. The study shows a nearly quintupled number of weather-related loss events in North America for the past three decades, compared with an increase factor of 4 in Asia, 2.5 in Africa, 2 in Europe and 1.5 in South America. Anthropogenic climate change is believed to contribute to this trend, though it

Leaders, Climate Change and Energy Policy are Linked

I was horrified last night to watch President Obama and Mitt Romney try to out-dinosaur each other at the town hall debate. That brawl has no winner. It is a downward death spiral. Chris Hayes at MSNBC said after, “Discussing energy without talking about climate change is like talking about tobacco without talking about cancer.”

Yes, but even more; it can be viewed as a selfish… Continue reading

Arctic Tipping Point? It Won’t Be Televised

 

Every year, Arctic sea ice melts during summer months and then refreezes during the colder winter months. On September 16th of this year, sea ice extent fell to 3.41 million square kilometers ( 1.32 square miles), the lowest summer minimum on satellite record.

As temperatures increase, and sea ice melts, this… Continue reading | 1 Comment

My 3 Days With Al Gore’s Climate Reality

Last week, I was fortunate to attend a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training with Al Gore. A thousand people from around the world- 58 countries and 47 US states- made the pilgrimage to San Francisco to be part of this training. And, that alone was truly inspirational. Bette Midler was in the house. Grammy Award winner… Continue reading

H2lOw Flow: Saving Water Via a Low-Flow Showerhead

With the drought affecting over 60% of the US this year, lots of people are paying attention to water scarcity issues. In a warming world, there will be higher levels of evaporation. That means some places will encounter more arid conditions that will lead to drought.

Since water is a greenhouse gas, more water in the atmosphere means more warming. This is called a… Continue reading

Joel Salatin: Folks This Ain’t Normal

I just finished the latest book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World, by farmer/author/educator extraordinaire Joel Salatin.

This book is overflowing with the type of contemplative life wisdom you’d expect from a Buddhist monk.

Ponder this little gem:

Straw Bale Worm Composting

Worms are industrious, tireless workers. Did you know worms never sleep?

They eat our garbage and turn it into productive soil. Worms can be kept in a small bin with no odor in an apartment or small space.

It’s no wonder that Charles Darwin spent almost 40 years of his life learning from… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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