ArsTechnica has an article showing that climate change isn’t and shouldn’t be a political issue. It’s not just for liberals.
May we all take responsibility for being stewards of the Earth.
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* The moon is rich in rare-earth elements. Sounds kinda funny when you think about it. The moon is rich in unrare-moon elements.
* There is a US rare-earth element mine, and it has recently opened back up. If only mining had fewer long term environmental risks.
* And of course, recycle your cell phones.
An episode of Science Friday talking about how wind power is plentiful.
So many cool things learned from this episode:
Research shows that bird kills due to wind turbines would be less than from coal and gas. One rare-earth element is necessary to build turbines: Neodymium to make the generators efficient. Worldwide there is 7x the amount we’d need if we were to build 4 million turbines. The Bush administration did a technical study that showed we could quite easily get to 20% of our power from wind by 2030.
There new evidence of BPA’s damage to our reproductive systems.
I’m curious about i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll. It will air this Sunday night at 7pm on ABC. I was mostly speechless during the segment of Science Friday that featured Dean Kamen and will.i.am. I have to confess that I actually teared-up out of joy.
This week there was also news of a COSMOS sequel that will be airing on FOX. So glad a chance is being taken and the effort is being made to inspire and educate such a broad audience.
The supression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge. There is no place for it in the endeavor of science.
– Carl Sagan (Cosmos Episode 4)
The PBS Nature episode Superfish was enlightening on how much overfishing of billfish has occurred. We’ve mapped out the points in the ocean where currents converge. These places are normally feeding and breeding grounds, but they’re also the perfect places to fish and haul in the biggest possible catch. Problem is, this makes it so much easier to overfish. When hundreds of boats haul up tons of fish every day, it’s easy to see this heading in a bad direction.