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
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
This is a multifaceted letter for you to read in any way that works well for you. Feel free to follow the links that currently speak most to you. You are welcome to send this link to the letter to anyone whom you think would find it helpful. You are also invited to thoughtfully use … Continue reading A Climate Change Letter for All of Us
Ed. Feldman, Mitchell, MD and Christensen, John, PhD. Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice. 4th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. This excellent book has a thoughtful chapter by Christensen, titled “Environment, Health, and Behavior” pp. 76-85. It speaks to many of the issues and challenges alluded to in the letter. The two simple … Continue reading Books and Articles
Past Successes DDT use has been markedly decreased after we learned about all the damage it causes. Likewise, CFC’s are now only minimally used in special situations, after we learned that they were negatively affecting the ozone layer. The Hudson River clean-up by Pete Seeger and others has markedly improved the health of this river. Polio … Continue reading Beneficial Actions
This is a work in progress. Below are some preliminary sites. Please let us know if you have any thoughts. Climate Solutions Worldwatch Institute Physicians for Social Responsibility SeaDoc Society World Resources Institute WWF is a world-wide organization that operates in more than 100 countries. Their WWF International website has much information about climate … Continue reading Other Pertinent Websites
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.
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
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?”
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?