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This is why protecting the environment is important March 18, 2007

Posted by truthspew in America, ecology, Error 10048, George W. Bush, global warming, government, greenhouse gases, politics.
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It seems that Bald Eagles have taken up residence in Philadelphia for the first time in 200 years.

And in the past few years we’ve had Red Tail Hawks nesting in Providence. What this means is that the Clean Air and Water Act, the banning of DDT and other pesticides, etc. has had a positive effect. Birds of prey only return to an area when the food supply is abundant and they feel they can safely raise their young.

Meanwhile we’ve got the Bush Administration wanting to drill in the ANWR, log pristine forests, and in general just totally disregard the Clean Air and Water Act. Not to mention totally playing down the global warming problems.

As an aside, I really have to organize my categories. I note there are a number of them now.


Winds of Change December 2, 2006

Posted by truthspew in global warming, greenhouse gases, november, weather.
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Hmm, was it a Jefferson Airplane or a Jefferson Starship tune, I think it was definitely Starship. Talk about fairly tacky music from back in the day.

Anyhow this morning I hear for the first time something I haven’t heard for awhile, the westerly winds whipping around. Not only do we get winds from the west, we also get all that pollution. I suppose northern Europe gets it worse though as those westerly winds probably carry not only the pollution of the west, but that of the eastern U.S. too.

This has been an odd year for weather. It’s been warmer than normal, with highs in November peaking between 55-65F, whereas normal should be 40-50F. On average it has been almost 10 degrees warmer every day.

I’m kind of an amateur weather watcher, and I recall that averages from Novembers over the past few years have been getting progressively warmer. Other things I’ve read say that our summer are also getting progressively longer. I’ll have to plot out the data starting in January and run that for a couple years just to see if it proves out.

Don’t get me wrong, I love it. After 42 years I’ve developed a real hatred for cold, snow and ice. So if we’ve pumped so many greenhouse gases into the air that temperatures in the northeast are rising, so be it. Saves me the expense of moving, and I could soon be living on the waterfront.