May 012015
 
What Does Climate Change Have To Do With CSA? What is CSA?

by Vicki Boguszewski… I love my CSA! A CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture program. My CSA supports organic farming in the Redlands Historic Agriculture District of Homestead, Florida. It is called the Bee Heaven Farm CSA. What does it have to do with climate change? Climate Change is the acceleration of the natural processes [more…]

Mar 272015
 
Ground Zero

by Alexander Symington… I went to the movies the other night and saw a preview for a documentary called, “Merchants of Doubt”. I was curious about it, so I did a little interweb sleuthing and discovered that the documentary exposes professional science deniers as a group; well funded by special interests that have found a [more…]

Climate Change From a Mountain Community Perspective…

 

Here in the Keys we are pretty focused on climate change… mostly from a rising sea-level perspective.  Here is a peek into the same issue as seen from the mountaintop… “This historic joint climate agreement by China and the US, the world’s two largest polluters, is good news for the future of mountains and snow. [more…]

UN Climate Summit: What To Expect and Why it Matters

 

On September 23, world leaders from government, business, finance and civil society will gather in New York City—at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon—to attend the UN Climate Summit 2014. The aim of the Summit is to secure widespread commitment to increasing action on climate change and to build ambition among key country [more…]

Risky Business Report Finds Businesses and Infrastructure in U.S. and Florida Face Significant Economic Risks From Climate Change

 
Risky Business Report Finds Businesses and Infrastructure in U.S. and Florida Face Significant Economic Risks From Climate Change

First-Ever Risk Analysis Quantifies Potential for Widespread Economic Disruptions The American economy will face significant and widespread disruptions from climate change unless U.S. businesses and policymakers take immediate action to reduce climate risk, according to a new report released today. The report, “Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States,” analyzes [more…]

Climate Action Transparency Key To Trustworthiness

 
Climate Action Transparency Key To Trustworthiness

New carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) report reveals that global voluntary reporting of local climate action triggers trustworthiness, access to finance and citizen engagement. Four hundred twenty-two [422] local and subnational governments from 44 countries serving 12% of the world’s urban population are on track to trustworthiness, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) [more…]

The Dumbshine State

 
The Dumbshine State

A rally last week in Tallahassee was staged to encourage solar energy development in Florida. Fortunately it became political because otherwise the mainstream media might not have covered it. Organizers used the event to accuse Gov. Rick Scott of blocking solar energy initiatives in the state at the behest of the big power companies. Because [more…]

CLIMATE CHANGE: IS THE SKY FALLING?

 
CLIMATE CHANGE: IS THE SKY FALLING?

Last week, the United States Senate held an all-nighter to call attention to the threat of climate change. You don’t have to convince me that the climate is changing. I watch the National Geographic and Discovery channels a lot and I have learned that climate change is natural. It’s been going on for millions of [more…]

Debate About Yard Waste Incineration Flares Up

 
Debate About Yard Waste Incineration Flares Up

“No, no, no this is a terrible idea!” Laura Haight, New York Public Interest Research Group For reasons that remain as cloudy as the smoke from a wood fire, Monroe County seems determined to pursue a plan to incinerate yard waste. At the same time, the commissioners may be ignoring a comparably priced plan to [more…]

Next Steps on Climate Change: Infrastructure Adaptation

 

Monroe County Commissioners will soon make some bell weather decisions that signal their approach to climate change. The County has joined compacts, attended conferences, hired sustainability coordinators, established committees, and developed plans which embark on the “process.” Eventually, the process moves from planning to action. Action includes mitigation (reducing the causes of climate change) and [more…]

GREEN Reactor: Vampire Blues

 
GREEN Reactor: Vampire Blues

In the 70s Neil Young, sang… I’m a vampire, babe, Suckin’ blood from the earth I’m a vampire, baby, Suckin’ blood from the earth. Well, I’m a vampire, babe, Sell you twenty barrels worth. Forty damn years later, long after we were supposed to be FLYING our cars and living in solar houses, we still [more…]

GREEN Reactor: Keystone Cops and Flops

 
GREEN Reactor: Keystone Cops and Flops

When people of my age were kids, our 3 or 4 channels of TV would fill afternoon and weekend slots with old movie shorts like The Three Stooges and Laurel & Hardy.  Typically they’d include “silent” shorts featuring the Keystone Cops – a gang of incompetent policemen who’d pursue criminals or attempt to do public [more…]

GREEN Reactor: Legacy of Sally’s Rides

 
GREEN Reactor: Legacy of Sally’s Rides

Anyone who’s followed my various Key West columns or pages knows I started my career working on the Space Shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center. My LPS (Launch Processing System) code aided in Shuttle checkout and launches, and I was fortunate enough to be able to watch up-close and personal the launches of the first dozen [more…]