This is a sustainability-oriented blog. Topics pertaining to colleges and universities, but mainly focus on solutions to non-sustainable practices and trying to address means and methods for resolving them. Energy efficiency (reduce) is a preferred approach here. Sustainability is something that we all have to do, sooner or later! (Low politico please!).
Certainly there are smarter things to do and less-smart things to do related to becoming sustainable. In some cases (many cases) the best way to sustainability is to bring a developing economy up out of poverty: you're not very concerned about the environment if/when you are struggling to stay alive.
It should be interesting to see what the big COLD weather this winter in Can + Alaska will show in the melting ice caps.
David Walker.... Former President of the Government Accounting Office. This was in 2008, before we did all the stimulus spending to bump us out of the recession.
... ONLY This quarter, the US debt exceeded the US economy. US Economy is now (back) up to $15+T; The US Debt is now up above that!:-(
Check out the US Debt Clock. It's hard to keep up with since the numbers are changing so fast, but $15.2T is the debt and $15.1 is the GDP.
Wanna hear what Fox news has to say about this, go to Fox. But their giving Obama too much credit for our debt. Virtually none of the healthcare bill has kicked in for example... and we continue to run almost 10% increases in healthcare costs. There's been a lot of tax cuts and tax credits over the last 3 years.
I came upon this as I was building a WikiBook on Sustainability and Climate change.
Wikipedia has a great coverage of Climate Change and it includes this great article.
It is interesting how we Americans are being dragged, kicking and screaming, into a low(er) carbon world. Much of the rest of the developed world has been working on lower emissions for more than a decade, since the Kyoto protocol.
But the psychology (sociology really) is interesting...
This article seems to do a good job of organizing the current research. It builds a good case for global action.
The global organization is needed, yes. But that is part of the problem. The dysfunction of individual governments is amplified many, many times when it comes to global organizations such as the UN. I think that a big part of the denier ideology is the fear of the following logic train:
1) Global warming (yes)
2) Human caused (debate mainly over how much)
If yes to 1 & 2, then we have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to:
3) start taking action, at least prudent action.
4) Global coordination and cooperation are required.
5) The UN is the logical place to start...
Sooo, what if the global and UN involvement is an unacceptable alternative?
It's hard for those of us who have thought about the outcomes and the possible ramification of climate change to get our heads around the likely results. The ideas of taking huge sums of money, giving it to an organ of the UN, and having them giving it to climate refugees is ugly in all the ways you look at it.
To the extent that we all can have non-government solutions, the better all around. It will certainly help get people on board as they try to work themselves past #1 and #2 above.
So, I'll come back and check the article and its links to see how well they did.