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

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

On the Earth

Earth

I was thinking of our planet this evening and wanted to give a short post on my feeling and thoughts on what and were we all live. The reason for this is I was flipping through the TV channels and came across that TV series called Blue Planet by the BBC. My question to you all is: What is the only common thing we all share and we all have no place to call our own at any moment of time? I answer with a quote from Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States and Wife of the 36th President of the United States Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ).

“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”

Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson

I do not think any physical object we all hold dear to us has more meaning to us then our Planet. Right now we only have 1. Quick question, and think, what makes this planet so unique, special, old and beautiful? Here are a few statistics that tell a very cool story:

  • Age: 4.54 billion ± 0.05 years old
  • Radius: 6,371 km
  • Distance to the Moon: 384,400 km

I just find our planet and our world so beautiful and because of that we have a unique set of challenges that come with our world. Whether it be hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, etc. Because of this, and this is kind of a idealist thing, but should not we all have a part in preserving what we have and hold dear. This is what I believe is resilience. That we have to hold our course, keep going and never stop helping in a small way preserving our planet. I know preservation of this world mean different things to different people but I hope we can all agree that no matter if it is cycles or part of natural course of things that our planet is changing in so many ways. I think sometime preserving the planet in a way means saving ourselves from ourselves. The earth is very human also. We should treat it as a living breathing being in its own right.

So, The question to you all is what does a resilient earth mean to you? What is environmental resilience? What idealist ideas do you have that make our planet so special to you?