U.S. Climate Change by Region

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has a great interactive map based on your region to see what climate change will do to infrastructure.

MAP: How Climate Change Threatens America’s Energy Infrastructure in Every Region (October 2015)

https://www.energy.gov/articles/map-how-climate-change-threatens-america-s-energy-infrastructure-every-region

Here is another from Climate Impact Lab

http://www.impactlab.org/map/#usmeas=absolute&usyear=1981-2010&gmeas=absolute&gyear=1986-2005

Resilience and Development

Wanted to share this TedTalk. Fascinating thoughts on how our physical development of the Earth might actually be determined on how our current and future environmental issue should guide us.

Johan Rockström concentrates on understanding earths resilinece.

More informatikn on Me. Rockström can be found on the TedTalk website at…

https://www.ted.com/speakers/johan_rockstrom

Or his website follows…

https://www.stockholmresilience.org/

Hope you enjoy the talk. I learned a lot and it have me a lot to think about.

Part 1: Air and Air Pollution; History and Statistics

This is part one of a two posts. This one on Air and what it is and some history and statistics. The second will be about air pollution and some thoughts on it and some ideas on how to help prevent it.

Aristotle (Born: 385 BC; Died: 322 BC) was a interesting person and a father of modern Astronomy. He also furthered the idea of the elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. I say this little tidbit of information because I do not think Aristotle could think that today, 2020, how much of impact these elements have on our lives. Especially one in particular, Air.

I wonder what Aristotle would think about how much we know about what air is an how much makes up the Earth’s atmosphere. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) [1] air is…

78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen. Air also has small amounts of lots of other gases, too, such as carbon dioxide, neon, and hydrogen.

I have to say also we can do a lot with air, good and bad. For the most part the positive about air it keeps us alive and well. You can live only about three minutes without it. But, What happens if we damage the air or pollute the air which keeps us alive? Good question!

This is were my title of the post, Air, comes in. I want to explore air and air pollution.

Some statistics on air…

“Around 91% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.” [2]

“The EPA has identified six pollutants as “criteria” air pollutants because it regulates them by developing human health-based and/or environmentally-based criteria (science-based guidelines) for setting permissible levels. These six pollutants are carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, ground-level ozone, particle pollution (often referred to as particulate matter), and sulfur oxides.” [3]

“…air pollution can impact mental health, worker productivity and even stock market performance.” [4]

All this is to show how much of a impact air has on us and how much of a impact air can be a issue for us at the same time. We should value air not take it for granted. As Evel Knievel said…

I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.

Be on the look out for the second post soon.

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[1]

Change, N. G. C. (n.d.). 10 interesting things about air. Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet. Retrieved November 17, 2020, from https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2491/10-interesting-things-about-air

[2]

Air pollution. (n.d.). Retrieved November 17, 2020, from https://www.who.int/westernpacific/health-topics/air-pollution

[3]

Air Quality—Air Pollutants | CDC. (2019, October 21). https://www.cdc.gov/air/pollutants.htm

[4]

Health impacts of air pollution. (n.d.). Environmental Defense Fund. Retrieved November 17, 2020, from https://www.edf.org/health/health-impacts-air-pollution

EnviroAtlas

I have been recently looking at a lot of mapping resources. One thing that has been in the back of my mind and possibly should be on all around minds is our environment. I know full well this is a hot topic in today’s world. Nothing hotter then to bring up Climate Change during a Presidential Election season. I have known about The Environmental Doomsday Clock for a while but never looked it up. Just did though and it is very informative. I find it interesting and a starting point to better our world. How Doomday like it is I don’t know but it does bring awareness to us all about our environment and its status.

I also recently came across the EnviroAtlas via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Per the About EnviroAtlas page it explains it as follows…

EnviroAtlas is part of an ongoing commitment to sustainable and healthy communities and safe and sustainable water resources. EnviroAtlas was developed collaboratively by EPA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other federal and non-profit organizations, universities, and communities including state, county, and city-level stakeholders.

It is a wonderful mapping feature of the EPA and take a look play around in it. I really appreciate the awareness it brings. Valuable resource!

I wanted to also give some environmental resources on climate change, places to find statistics, a video I found fascinating from a Nobel Prize awardee.

The World Count

GreenFacts: State of the Environment

Current Environmental Issues and News via global stewards

Videos

Mario Molina won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

OpenStreetMap

I have been getting involved recently with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap initiative. It is a great group that collects data and information and puts it to use to help communities during a disaster and to prepare and recover as well. I sing thig groups praises.

Also, I recommend learning more about how to map on the OpenStreetMap software. It is fully community and local driven with people in those communities doing a lot of the coordination and collection. Keep in mind OpenStreetMap is a worldwide community. They have folks in so many countries around the world and projects from many places that really need the help.

Good group!

Check out the OpenStreetMap itself and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap initiative.

Going Zero Waste

I want to share this blog with you all called Going Zero Waste. Its all about sustainability and starting a sustainable lifestyle. I have been reading it for a few days and am learning a lot I did not know or things that I learned more about.

Going Zero Waste

https://www.goingzerowaste.com/

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

Check out this article about What is Sustainability and Why is it important? via EnvironmentalScience.org

Question…

What sustainable websites do you all look at and how did it speak to you?

World Food Programme

This is kind of topic for my site but wanted to share this.

Congratulation to the World Food Programme for the winning of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. I knew a little about the program but recently have been looking at it more closes and with a different set of eyes. It is fascinating what they do and how they do it. I am really supportive of them now.

I wanted to share a few links of information that can help you get involved in supporting the World Food Programme and gain insight as what they do by giving a few articles.

per their website is a brief statement of what they do…

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved October 13, 2020, from https://www.wfp.org/overview

They have helped in more then 80 countries and well over 80 million people since their founding in 1961. They do tremendous work.

One their website they give a pleathora of ways to get involved. Here are a few…

Here are a few article that show how they do what they do and the impact they have done…

World Food Programme Guides Operations in Afghanistan with Online GIS Apps

ReliefWeb

various articles The Economist

Ending hunger: science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers

World Food Programme to send 50,000 T of wheat flour to Lebanon

A hearty congratulations again to the World Food Programme for the winning of the 2020 Nobel Piece Prize.