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Traveling Thoughtfully

Some information to help Carbon calculators used: Atmosfair. A German website that sells offsets and has an air travel calculator at https://www.atmosfair.de/en/kompensieren/flug Carbon Footprint. An British website that sells offsets and has a number of carbon calculators at http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx; click the “Flights” tab Carbon calculators vary in sophistication. For instance, Atmosfair’s climate impact calculator includes … Continue reading Traveling Thoughtfully

Climate Change and Travel References

Intoduction The climate change letter on the home page of Greenwriters (http://www.greenwriters.com) has much detailed and organized references for climate change. The references here are more focused on travel and climate change. IPCC discussion on the Carbon Cycle 2013 IPCC Working Group 1 Chapter 6, Carbon and Other Biochemical Cycles at http://www.climatechange2013.org/images/report/WG1AR5_Chapter06_FINAL.pdf In particular, Box … Continue reading Climate Change and Travel References

My Carbon Footprint and Why Does it Matter? Carbon Footprints of Different Countries.

For some background about these things we, as individuals and groups,  are putting into the air and water, here’s a link: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/global.html This link gives more information about Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions. There are some very good (and some less good) Carbon Footprint Calculators. Our current favorite is on Shrink That Footprint. This website also … Continue reading My Carbon Footprint and Why Does it Matter? Carbon Footprints of Different Countries.

PORTAL 8 Mystery, Wonder, Astonishment, Terror, Beauty, Imperfection, Never ending

I recently attended a stellar Crazy Jane concert. This group features new compositions by a group of Pacific NW composers. The pieces were wildly different and each fascinating in their own ways. I had two aha’s during the evening. No three! First, I personally need an arts PORTAL. And so do many others, I imagine. … Continue reading PORTAL 8 Mystery, Wonder, Astonishment, Terror, Beauty, Imperfection, Never ending

PORTAL 3 “Does this make economic sense?”

The Economics of Climate Change The economics of climate change are tricky, but not necessarily dismal. With few exceptions, we who buy fossil fuels and emit greenhouse gases aren’t paying a price that reflects the costs imposed by that pollution. Because the effects are global and persist for hundreds and thousands of years, most of … Continue reading PORTAL 3 “Does this make economic sense?”

What is our timeline? And how might we think about it?

At some point, given the very long time that CO2 stays in the atmosphere, we will reach a negative tipping point of no return (WHAT MIGHT THAT MEAN?) if we continue our current ways of living on this planet. I am interested, however, in actively finding ways right now to explore every possible good avenue … Continue reading What is our timeline? And how might we think about it?