Words into action - a wind/solar energy module

After reporting on the potential hazards of ingenuity since 1990, the progress trap project began focusing on solutions. Solar energy was an obvious topic, as was wind energy.

Science, technology and the danger of populism

In 2007, this progress trap project drew attention to the flaws of science and technology, especially with regard to the environment. Stephen Hawking's 2016 concession that: “Most of the threats we face come from the progress we’ve made in science and technology"1 confirmed that the book's argument had merit, and predictive value.

Climate change, beyond a reasonable doubt

On September 20, 2016, three hundred and seventy five members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, made history. They published  "An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences." Their main concern was that in "the Presidential primary campaign, claims were made that the Earth is not warming, or that warming is due to purely natural causes outside of human control."

People who don't believe in climate change?

"You won't find them on the fireline in the American West anymore," said a Federal chief of fire operations, interviewed by CBS News*. Nineteen firefighters lost their lives fighting the fire near Yarnell, Arizona on June 30, 2013.
 
In a remarkable exchange, Scott Pelley of CBS News interviewed Tom Boatner - Federal chief of fire operations in the American West. Rarely does the mainstream media raise the issue of climate change when disaster strikes.

Pentagon accepts climate change

solar tentFrom PBS: An operators' manual helps keep your car or computer running at peak performance. Earth science can do the same for the planet. Join host Richard Alley – registered Republican, geologist, former oil company employee and expert on climate change and renewable energy — on a high-definition trip around the globe to learn the story of Earth's climate history and our relationship with fossil fuels.

What it takes to end an environmental crisis

Cholera in London, 1858
It takes hardship, observation, data, and in the case of London's cholera epidemic - a stench from the River Thames so foul that Parliament ceased functioning. The next order of business was for the members of Parliament to quickly enact legislation ordering the overhaul of London's sewerage system.

Stephen Hawking on how the world might end

When Stephen Hawking was asked whether the world is likely to end on account of humans, or through natural disaster, he selected humans. According to The Radio Times1, Hawking responded to student Paul Ost's question "Will the world will end naturally, or will man destroy it first?" with “Most of the threats we face come from the progress we’ve made in science and technology. We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognize the dangers and control them. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.”

Consider the changing climate - and think of your children and grandchildren.

by Martin J. Rosenthal, August 2012      updated*
Bill McKibben and James Hansen, the world's leading Climatologist (Goddard/NASA-Climate Center-Columbia University) have each written recent articles on climate change.
(1) Hansen proves we have moved up .8 Celsius in the last two decades.
(2) He has said that 2 degrees Celsius or 4 Fahrenheit is the maximum movement in our temperature for DRASTIC climate change.


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