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Tags: pollution

Would you let space aliens damage our planet?

If aliens came and damaged our planet, would you declare them 'persons' and give them money, or would you mobilize to fight them?

Category:Human Causality
Would you eat a mushroom that 97% of experts say is poisonous?

If 97% of experts say a mushroom is poisonous but 3% say it is safe, would you feed it to your kids?

Category:Who to Believe?
Weather you see from your window, climate you see from a satellite

‘Weather is what you see outside your window, climate is what you see from a satellite.’ – Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk County Community College, New York.

We're not first.   Pond scum did it 2 billion years ago!

Human's aren't the first species to alter the atmosphere; that distinction belongs to cyanobacteria, (blue-green algae) which, some two billion years ago, invented photosynthesis. But we are the first species to be in a position to understand what we are doing.

We have met the enemy and it is Shell

"This is, at the bottom, a moral issue; we have met the enemy and they is Shell." - Bill McKibben

Category:Human Causality
Waste not, want not, with "Cradle to Cradle" design

With "Cradle to Cradle" design, every waste product is raw material for the next process.

Volcanoes? That’s like blaming climate change on Santa Claus

“It’s a bit like asking us to believe in Santa Claus after we have seen our parents putting the presents under the tree.” – Naomi Oreskes, Professor of Science History at the University of Califormia (San Diego)

Unless you care a whole awful lot, nothing will change – The Lorax

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Suess

The greenhouse effect isn’t rocket science

‘The science behind the greenhouse effect was simple enough to have been widely understood by the mid 19th century, when the light bulb and the telephone and the automobile where being invented – and not the atomic bomb or the iPhone or the space shuttle. The greenhouse effect isn’t rock science.’ – Nate Silver, author of The Signal and the Noise, page 376.

The best bipartisan climate solution: a revenue neutral carbon tax

‘The best way to get bipartisan action on climate change is through a revenue neutral carbon tax.’ — Yoman Bauman, Stand Up Economist.

Tax carbon! Can restaurants throw their thrash into the street?

Fossil fuel industry is the only industry on earth throwing its waste out for free. If you run a restaurant, you have to pay someone to cart away your garbage. - inspired by Bill McKibben

Releasing ourselves from the dilemma of the 'Energy Hook'

In order to prevent climate change, the world has to switch from high-carbon, polluting, power generation; to new, low-carbon generating capacity. So in order to benefit in the long-term we need a huge building programme which unfortunately, in the short-term, will create a significant increase in CO2 emissions. It's like being caught by the hook of a fossil-fuel-powered crane which has lifted us off the ground. We know that when we eventually fall, the higher we are off the ground the more it will hurt. So the sooner we get off the hook the better—but, ironically, we must pull ourselves higher to lift ourselves off. Perhaps we can call this dilemma, the 'energy hook'.

Recent floods: Not just power of nature, but power of man

"(Recent floods) not just by the power of nature but by the power of man." — climate activist Bill McKibben

Pteropods: the "canaries in the coal mine" of climate change.

As Earth's oceans warm and become more acidic, ocean creatures including pteropods are undergoing severe stress. They are harbingers of change. It's possible by 2050 that they might not be able to make a shell any more and if we lose these organisms the impact on the food chain will be catastrophic.