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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 8/24/2005


how does our project affect the world around us?

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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 8/31/2005


Here is an excert from an editorial that explains one side of the energy issue.

full editorial found here iht.com/articles
The hurricane that struck Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.

 
When the year began with a 2-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.
 
When winds of 124 miles an hour shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and Britain, the driver was global warming.
 
When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.
 
In July, when the worst drought on record triggered wildfires in Spain and Portugal and left water levels in France at their lowest in 30 years, the explanation was global warming.
 
When a lethal heat wave in Arizona killed more than 20 people in one week, the culprit was global warming.
 
And when the Indian city of Mumbai received 37 inches of rain in one day - killing 1,000 people and disrupting the lives of 20 million others - the villain was global warming............
 


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By Doug in Lawrence, KS on 9/5/2005


I am still struggling to learn more about this Global Warming phenomena, but how is it that GW is responsible for both "dought AND flooding" and "record heat AND record snowfall"?  I am not a scientist, but it makes no sense intuitively. 

 

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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 9/5/2005


Good question. The answer is rather complicated, but I will make an effort to dig up some reference material. Some is questionable, other is highly debated. Our oil-burning industries will dispute much of the science for one reason or another. But when companies like General Electric and  British Petroleum state it is an issue that they are taking a leadership position of responding to, one has to question those who are saying it isn't happening.

Basically global warming is a climate change. The screwed up weather patterns are our quickest point of reference.  Causing both drought and flooding. Weather is  an indicator of climate.

As an individual what can one do? Make sure that you reduce your energy consumption, use more "green" power (solar, wind) and plant more trees. Consider how much pollution is generated or non-renewable natural resources are consumed during your construction process.

One of the US Green Building  Council ideals is to reduce the "environmental footprint" of your project. Several cities have information available on "green building" within building codes. Namely Portland OR, Scotsdale AZ, and Austin TX.


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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 9/7/2005


some follow up info, links and a quiz

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this is a quiz to see how much impact you personally have on the earth's resources.
http://www.earthday.net/Footprint/index.asp

more info:
http://www.earthday.net
http://www.nrdc.org/globalWarming/qthinice.asp
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/

the other side:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/europe/jan-june01/bush_6-14.html
http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote04.html
http://www.junkscience.com/july04/Daily_Mail-Bellamy.htm
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0615-07.htm
http://www.citizenreviewonline.org/april_2003/troubling.htm
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread166192/pg1

companies that are trying to lead the way:
http://www.sustainability-indexes.com/djsi_pdf/publications/Factsheets/DJSISTOXX_20041231.pdf



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