Cool Green Morning: Thursday, December 17

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Published on December 17th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

The top five stories we’re seeing on the web this morning:

  1. The U.S. has offered to help raise $100 billion/year to help developing countries fight climate change — if a deal is reached at Copenhagen (Los Angeles Times).
  2. Is living near a wind turbine dangerous for your health? A new report says there is no evidence of audible, “subaudible” or vibrational effects (Green, Inc.).
  3. Why are the Himalayas melting? New studies have found that soot (or “black carbon“) is the primary culprit, not CO2 (The Vine).
  4. But providing clean stoves to millions of households around the world could reduce soot and significantly slow climate change, for a mere $15 billion investment (Wired Science).
  5. Habitat for the rare dugong is at risk if the U.S. moves forward with plans to expand a military base in Okinawa (Extinction Countdown).

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One Response to “Cool Green Morning: Thursday, December 17”

  1. Dr. James Singmaster says:

    The most basic point of the climate crisis is the ever-expanding energy overload as we keep pushing fresh energy into the biosphere by using trapped energy in fossil and nuclear fuels. The Law of Conservation of Energy has to be heeded to get control of the climate crisis. If we do not stop using those fuels, nothing else being proposed will achieve anything. TNC officials should start asking various scientists making noise for controlling GHG emissions from vehicles and power plants what happens to the heat emissions. According to that law all the energy gotten from those fuels including the wasted offing exhausts become part of the heat energy growing in our biosphere.
    A way of removing some heat energy and carbon from their overloads in the biosphere is available in using pyrolysis to convert biomass to inert charcoal and get some renewable fuel expelled in the process. The first source of biomass for pyrolysis ought to our massive ever-growing messes of organic wastes and sewage solids that we just dump allowing natural biodegrading action to reemit GHGs that nature had so kindly trapped for us. But to get a real removal of heat energy and carbon from their overloads, we need to establish major tree farming operations with constant cutting, along with replanting, of trees to be pyrolyzed. Also we have many mining spoiled areas needing reestablishment of forests, and in the Pacific Northwest we have many millions of acres of dead trees from pine borer attacks. New trees need to be planted soon, but not the same ones, before the dead ones lose their roots to make major erosion problems develop. The dead trees should be cut down in the program and used in the pyrolysis process so that they will not be slowly decaying to reemit trapped GHGs. By the way we may want to cut greatly the use of wood in home construction as global warming will likely make wood damaging pests, such as termites and rots much more active. Reducing wood use will also reduce house fires. Forest are not eternal sinks for carbon that can keep taking up more CO2, so setting a cycling system of planting, harvesting and pyrolyzing trees will get much more carbon out of the biosphere over time.
    In closing it is too bad that leaders at Copenhagen have shown no awareness of heeding that LAW of Nature, so nothing positive can really be worked out with some sort of contrived human law. Dr. J. Singmaster

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