Tag Archives: Global Warming

An island of blue in a sea of red

April 24, 2014

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The Eastern Region’s headquarters of the US National Weather Service posted the following graphic on this year’s global temperatures on Facebook. Rather than wax ineloquent, I’ll supply their explanation and then the graphic:

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Remember the heat amid the clattering teeth: In a picture

January 23, 2014

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Shall we remind ourselves that there’s more to the Earth than the right half of the United States? Many of the temperatures in Europe and Australia have been up while ours have been down, and NASA (a socialist-in drag agency?) tabulated world-wide warming trends and found that we marched on, unabated, last year. That doesn’t bode well for our children’s future.

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Hank Green: A cold snap in Georgia doesn’t help Pacific islanders — or words to that effect

January 15, 2014

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Much of the US East Coast has thawed from the recent “polar vortex,” into which deniers of climate change plunged. Hank Green explains, once again, the difference between climate and weather and why a temporary vortex cannot salve our worries. His video may come after a short one from his brother, John, who is plugging a movie based on his recent novel (a great book, incidentally).

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Just how big was Typhoon Haiyan?

November 11, 2013

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It seems that Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps the history’s most powerful storm, has killed roughly 10,000 in the Philippines. Just how big was it? Perhaps this jaw-dropping photo can help Americans understand. It would have covered much of the US East Coast — with winds far stronger than either Karina’s or Sandy’s.

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A pastor implores his colleagues: No more blindness on climate change

November 8, 2012

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My colleague, Tom Carr, has been involved in environmental issues for over twenty years.  He’s been fighting the good fight on climate change, and he e-mailed the following to 130 of his fellow clerics.  With his permission, I indulged my fetish for editing (just a little bit), and I’ve posted it here, hoping it will […]

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Prancing and dancing at the edge of the cliff

October 15, 2012

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So there are two ants on a hill, see, and both feel the ground tremble and boom. They notice a gargantuan creature — a sky-high behemoth — walking toward them. One ant says to the other ant: “Human: better run.” The other replies: “No worries. Humans would never hurt us because I’ve constructed a psychological/sociological grid — a theoretical model, if you will — of a human being. And, in my model, humans are always merciful saps who’d never think of overturning a single grain of sand on our hill. I’ve even been to conferences — and we conferees voted, and it was a landslide: Everyone beside the fanatical hold-outs agreed that humans would never, ever …” Splat!

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Video of the month: Welcome To The Rest Of Our Lives

July 20, 2012

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0NrS2L6KcE&feature=player_embedded#!

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“Almost Amish”: Cultural and spiritual wisdom in a horse-drawn buggy

June 13, 2012

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Nancy Sleeth has eaten the fish and spat out the bones. She looks beyond the group’s obvious flaws, learns from their attributes and applies their lessons in “Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest For a Slower, Simpler, and More Sustainable Life.” The result: An entertaining, thought-provoking, refreshing, nuts-and-bolts manual for those of us who feel enslaved to the grid and our gas guzzlers.

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Denying the deniers

August 20, 2011

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Deniers of climate change, including many Republican Presidential candidates, often cite statistics promoted in The Great Global Warming Swindle, which premiered in Britain in 2007. I’ve encountered them myself in several e-mails. Peter Sinclair’s video illuminates the pseudo-documentary’s distortions. It turns out that sun activity is not spiking current temperatures; the Earth is now hotter than the balmy Middle Ages; and volcanoes do not belch more CO2 than factories and cars.

It’s intriguing: Sean Hannity branded people like me “communist.” Not that facts matter, but I’m an evangelical Christian and a Baptist pastor. I would be among the first bound for the nascent American gulag after the Revolution. But even more relevant, I’m advocating the same concern for climate change as did George H.W. Bush. Was the World War 2 hero a closet communist? And what is “communist” about environmental concern? I don’t want collectivization. I just want green environmental stewardship, which Republicans of previous eras had always championed.

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Global Warming 101 & Green Parenthood

June 25, 2011

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The crowded blogging world features everything from the ridiculous to the trashy to the beautiful to the sublime. Green Parenthood is definitely sublime. It provides practical answers to the inevitable question: “What can a working stiff like me do now that I know the Earth has rolled into Darth Vader’s palm?” You’ll find tips on green picture books for kids, natural stress relief, green weight loss, eggshell recycling, uses for olive oil, and green birthday party ideas. It also points to videos on the environment, most of which children can understand. Here’s one on climate change from the National Geographic …

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