Saturday, October 13, 2018

McPherson Paradox: growth = heat, collapse = heat

As with all other species in planetary history, except the few remaining, our species will go extinct. We are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction. As with the five prior such events, most species on Earth will be driven to extinction in a relatively short period of time.
The post-Permian mass extinction caused the extinction of more than 90% of the species on Earth about 252 million years ago. It was the worst of the prior mass extinction events. As with all five of the prior mass extinction events, Earth’s recovery required several million years to become vibrant, verdant, and characterized by an abundance of multicellular organisms.
The current event is underlain by atmospheric carbon emissions about 10 times faster than those during the post-Permian event. It is no surprise that the ongoing Sixth Mass Extinction is proceeding an order of magnitude faster the post-Permian mass extinction. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Massachusetts choking on cars Pollution from cars and trucks are on the rise in Massachusetts, undermining the Commonwealth’s ability to achieve the mandates of the Global Warming Solutions Act, according to preliminary numbers released by the Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday.

Monday, May 28, 2018

MGM Springfield and PVTA launching new free public transportation service

WWLP : "SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - MGM Springfield and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority have teamed up to create a new free public transportation service for Springfield visitors.

In a news release to 22News, MGM Springfield said The Loop will help tourists access hotels, restaurants, and arts and culture destinations to give them a better experience downtown Springfield."

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Arctic Warning Signs

Arctic News : "The Arctic is warming up more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, due to numerous feedbacks."

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Free Public Transit Would Make R.I. Healthier Economically and Environmentally

ecoRI News: "Thus, I suggest free fares for all who ride the buses. It’s not so far-fetched. Here's why:

About a third of RIPTA passengers — senior citizens and those with disabilities — already ride for free. Allowing the other two-thirds to do so would avoid the need for the multimillions RIPTA is about to spend on new fare boxes, and, despite all the talk of “intermodal,” there are apparently no plans to have a compatible system with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and on processing those fares.

There would be no need to print, market, and distribute transfers and passes. It would speed up trips by speeding up boarding, thus both using buses and drivers more efficiently, and attracting more riders. It can truly put Rhode Island on the map and get the attention of potential progressive employers attracted by the idea of the one statewide free transit system.

RIPTA’s lost fare-box revenue, about $20 million, would be only about one-tenth of what the state is preparing to spend to phase out car taxes. Note commuters to downtown Columbus, Ohio, reportedly will get free bus transit to help reduce congestion and parking problems there. And having lived in Oregon in the mid-1970s when Portland was considered a failed city, one thing that turned around both its downtown and its transit system was a large downtown free fare zone — same in Seattle. Though over decades, its free fare was cut back and they had a problem with transit when it was used as a homeless shelter, but as most of our homeless population can already ride the RIPTA system for free, that won’t be as much of an issue here."