War, What Is It Good For?

That was the question asked in a protest song from the 60’s…..and it still remains  an excellent question.

We know that war is not good for life or health or to massage an economy back to health…..not good for food production….then what is it good for?

The US is involved in the fight against ISIS    and with that comes all the deaths, destruction and violence…….what good could come out of this war?

The BBC is reporting the only good thing to come out of war…….

Researchers say that in countries like Syria and Iraq, levels of air pollutants have fallen dramatically.

The amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air over Damascus has fallen by up to 50% since start of the civil war.

The authors believe their work has important lessons for projections of global emissions.

Since 2004, scientists have been able to monitor atmospheric pollutants with high levels of precision thanks to the deployment of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument onboard the Nasa Aura satellite.

Say what?  Yep the air quality is getting better where the fighting is engaged……what about the other countries that are not “at war”?

But in nearby Lebanon, there was a “drastic” rise of up to 30% of the same pollutant, thanks to the influx of refugees. The scientists say that this was very unusual as economic growth in Lebanon declined significantly at the same time.

Even in a relatively calm country like Israel…..the air quality is sucking also…..

What conclusion can we draw from this news…..

Other scientists welcomed the study, saying that it followed on from previous research carried out during the Iraq war. They say that it highlights the critical role of accurate satellite information. It also highlights the scale of destruction across the Middle East and the huge impact on people.

“It is very sad that we have on the borders of Europe this huge conflict,” said Prof John Burrows from the University of Bremen, Germany.

“But perhaps scientific information like this helps our understanding. It’s proportional to people, so if emissions have gone down in Syria by 50%, I’d expect that 50% of the people might have been displaced, as indeed they have.”

It is sad that the only ‘benefit” found for war is……the quality of the air we breath gets better……I think the people in Iraq and Syria had rather worry about dying from bad air than a barrel bomb……whatcha you think?

The Children Are Our Future

How many times have you heard this from both parties…….our children make a great political prop and campaign slogan……but so far I have seen NO indication that anyone in Washington actually gives a crap about futre generations……how about you?

I recently came across a piece that leads me to believe that our children are on the right track even if the government is not……

I know that there are many that feel that climate change is just sosme made up crisis to gain some sort of political advantage and then there are those that feel the climate change is going to devastate our planet in the near future…….and of these people the children are showing the country the way….

A group of 8- to 19-year-olds says climate change will doom the future unless changes are made now—and they’re trying to force the government to do just that. Nearly a dozen young people filed a federal lawsuit in Oregon yesterday, arguing that the current consumption of fossil fuels is unconstitutional and a health threat. “We brought this case because the government needs to immediately and aggressively reduce carbon emissions and stop promoting fossil fuels, which force our nation’s climate system toward irreversible impacts,” plaintiff Kelsey Juliana, 18, says in the suit, according to Al Jazeera America. “If the government continues to delay urgent annual emissions reductions, my generation’s well-being will be inexcusably put at risk.”

Former NASA chief climate scientist James Hansen is a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit, which follows a climate change plan unveiled by President Obama earlier this month. The Clean Power Plan seeks to “reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030,” according to WhiteHouse.gov, but the lawsuit demands more aggressive action. A similar lawsuit filed by environmental advocacy group Our Children’s Trust and some of the plaintiffs in the Oregon case was dismissed last year by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

The children are truly our future and they are concerned that with the status quo they will have….NO FUTURE!

My hat goes off to these brave kids…..in their hands this world just may survive the stupidity around climate change.

Clean Power Plan Hailed as Ambitious, Insufficient | Al Jazeera America

A few days ago the Prez made his big climate change speech…….it was hailed as an impressive speech and it was belittled by the deniers as a “chicken Little” moment…….but was the speech all that or was there holes in it?

We all know that something must be done…..well anyone with an IQ larger than their shoe size…….but is this going to be the cure all that we all search for?

Personally, I think not……anytime you look for reform then the opponents have won…….you either do it or go home!

 

Clean Power Plan Hailed as Ambitious, Insufficient | Al Jazeera America.

BP Oil Spill UpDate

Just over 4 years ago the Gulf was the site of the world’s worse oil spill….that is right the BP debacle….I live on the gulf Coast and had to live with the horrible pics of the day….my state was a bit luckier than the others because we have a chain of barrier islands that sort of protected our beaches from the gunk………but thanx to the spill the economy was crashed into the Gulf and it is slowly coming back….still not a 100% but it is trying……..

I bring this up because BP is still fighting the penalties that have been leveled at them……and new info has been reported……..

A federal judge has ruled that BP’s reckless conduct resulted in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. US District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties BP could face for polluting the Gulf of Mexico with its Macondo well blowout. Barbier presided over a trial in 2013 to apportion blame for the spill that spewed oil from April 20 to mid-July 2010. Eleven men died in the explosion; BP already has agreed to billions of dollars in criminal fines. Barbier says BP bears 67% of the blame for the spill, drilling rig owner Transocean Ltd. takes 30% of the blame, and cement contractor Halliburton Energy Services takes 3%.

I have said all along that BP will some how get out of these fines and penalties….why would I think that?  look at the Exxon Valdez spill from the 80’s…..Exxon has never paid what they were ordered to pay and BP will slither out of their responsibility somehow.

I will be watching this to see if I am predicting correctly or not……..what is your guess?

There is no magic bullet to slow climate change | Al Jazeera America

Climate change is one of the hot topics whenever politicos get together……..is it real or is it just a natural change…..that argument will go on until it is too late to do anything to try and stem the tide……

A good article and well worth the read if you are interested in the situation……

 

There is no magic bullet to slow climate change | Al Jazeera America.

Where’d It Go?

(Heavy sigh)…….finally the weekend has arrived and the peace and solitude that I so enjoy will be mine….at least for a couple of days………

I recall a couple of years ago I read a report about all the “junk”, plastic and crap, that is floating around our fragile oceans…….one report said there was a huge floating island in the Pacific made up of plastic and stuff and that it would eventually make it to the US west Coast……

News update!

Newser) – Millions of tons of plastic thought to be floating around the world’s oceans have gone missing. But that’s not the good news one might think. According to a new study, marine animals could be ingesting our garbage, reports the Verge. Up to 99% of the most microscopic plastic particles in the ocean is missing, says a study co-author. Science Mag reports that they went looking for it between 2010 and 2011 around five large ocean gyres—the most famous such island of waste is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—and augmented their search with studies of 3,070 samples from other expeditions, according to LiveScience. What did they find? That there is at most 40,000 tons of plastic in our oceans, even though humans produce 300 million tons of plastic a year, and 0.1% of that ends up in the oceans via rivers, floods, storms, or ships, says Science Mag.

The ocean’s plastics are microscopic—ground to tiny pieces by waves and solar radiation until it looks like fish food. A scientist not associated with the study says it’s “indisputable” that lanternfish and other small fish are eating the plastic—and it’s impossible to know exactly how much. These small fish, which are likely ingesting toxins like DDT, PCBs, or mercury, are then gobbled by commercial fish. “We are part of this food web,” says a study co-author. Scientists say further research is needed, especially since estimates about how much plastic is entering the ocean is 50 years old. (Some of our plastic is even turning into rocks.)

Okay readers!  Where do you think it has gone?