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Venice Has That Sinking Feeling

venice-under-waterAs sirens blared throughout the city, the Mayor Massimo Cacciari asked prospective tourists to not visit – and advised those already there not to move around unless it was “unavoidable” because of the “exceptional” situation. “Anyone thinking of coming to Venice should think again,” he said.

As the sea surged into St Mark’s Square, arguably Venice’s most famous landmark, it became completely submerged under eighty centimetres of water. In total, more than 95% of the rest of central Venice was flooded and some pontoon bridges began floating away in the rising tide, leaving residents stranded in their homes.

Driven by strong winds and heavy rain, the water rose to 156cm above sea level – the highest “acqua alta” since 158cm in 1986. Sirens sounded as the Venice tide monitoring centre warned that the water could rise to over 160 centimetres for the first time in thirty years.

The worst floods took place in 1966 when the waters reached a record 194 centimetres above sea level, causing devastation to homes, shops and historic monuments and art works. Flooding of 100-130cm above sea level is common in the lagoon city in autumn and winter.

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December 7, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Go green | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sponsor A Polar Bear This Winter

They are awfully cute, and they’re looking for a new place to call their own.

November 30, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Economy, Go green, Inspiration, Politics, Rant, technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Party in Antarctica – Floating Disco Available

ice-hotelIs it another figment of our imagination or is yet another large sheet of ice about to break free in the Antarctic? Perhaps P. Diddy could rent it and have a super-fun White Party or something. I mean, since we’re contributing to the demise of the ice shelves, maybe we can at least have a party while doing it. Pass the glow sticks, the candy rings, and lollipops because I’m ready to roll on down to the dirty south.

Read an excerpt of the very serious story after the jump. Continue reading

November 29, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Go green | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

SEATTLE RECYCLING MORE COMMERCIAL FOOD WASTE

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September 21, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Go green | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PALIN DENIES DENYING HUMAN ROLE IN GLOBAL WARMING

This woman is incredible, and not in a good way. NOTE: The picture to the left is unrelated to Sarah Palin.

Last year, she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, “I’m not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity.” And in an interview Newmax magazine just released, which was conducted before she was selected as John McCain’s running mate, the Alaska governor said, “A changing climate will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”

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September 13, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BYE BYE ARCTIC ICE

A report released by the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado has revealed that the Arctic ice is at its second-lowest level in history, and is melting because of the impact of global warming.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center put out the report late last week, confirming that the Arctic sea ice is melting away.
It is at its second-lowest point in recorded history. The lowest-point in recorded history was in 2007. The report stated that “We could very well be in that quick slide downward in terms of passing a tipping point.”
That tipping point has to do with global warming, and is causing major problems for the Arctic sea ice, and endangered species such as the polar bear.
The level of Artic sea ice in 2008 is at 2.03 million square miles, compared to 1.59 million square miles in 2007.

September 1, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Go green, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

TWO LARGE SOLAR PLANTS PLANNED IN CA

The plants will cover 12.5 square miles of central California with solar panels, and in the middle of a sunny day will generate about 800 megawatts of power, roughly equal to the size of a large coal-burning power plant or a small nuclear plant. A megawatt is enough power to run a large Wal-Mart store.

The power will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric, which is under a state mandate to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010. The utility said that it expected the new plants, which will use photovoltaic technology to turn sunlight directly into electricity, to be competitive with other renewable energy sources, including wind turbines and solar thermal plants, which use the sun’s heat to boil water.

“These market-leading projects we have in California are something that can be extrapolated around the world,” Jennifer Zerwer, a spokeswoman for the utility, said. “It’s a milestone.”

Though the California installations will generate 800 megawatts at times when the sun is shining brightly, they will operate for fewer hours of the year than a coal or nuclear plant would and so will produce a third or less as much total electricity.

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August 16, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Go green | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Global Warming – Watch this to learn…

I have to preface this video by saying, yes, I do believe it is real.  I believe we can all take little steps to make a difference.  As I’ve said before, it’s not all-or-nothing, do what you can and push yourself harder to make changes that will benefit the greater good of mankind.  Watch this vid and if you have suggestions of efforts people can put forth, please leave a comment.

I will just add that most people just want to know what they can do without hugely impacting their lives, and I would say, go to the Environmental Defense site and learn a bit more – and then share it with 3 people, ask them to share it with 3 people, and so on.  

January 21, 2008 Posted by | Did you know?, Go green | , , , , | 1 Comment