When TV Was Actually Informative about Reality: Now "Reality TV" has little to do with "real reality." Some 60 years ago top TV shows included Omnibus, and Frank "Dr. Research" Baxter, along with Lucile Ball, Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason. Science was big news in the 50s and 60s, attracting film giants like Frank Capra (yes, that Academy Award winning Frank Capra) to produce four films for Bell Science Films featuring educator and science host Frank Baxter. Not only were these films informative but also prescient to today's climate crisis.
“Man may be unwittingly changing the world's climate through the waste products of his civilization,” intoned Dr. Research. “Due to our release through factories and automobiles every year of more than 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, which helps air absorb heat from the sun, our atmosphere seems to be getting warmer."
Pope Francis to Explore Climate Effects on The World's Poor: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon brought all of his U.N. progrxam leaders to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. These two global institutions are showing their muscle on a topic that they both believe threaten their greatest interest, the welfare of life on planet Earth; and, a sustainable and prosperous future. Pope Francis expressed Papal concern that degradation was already impacting the poor. On June 18th, 2015, Pope Francis will deliver a Papal encyclical teaching the impacts of climate change upon the world's poor. This is thought to be a major milestone, placing the Vatican at the forefront of a new coalition between the church and science. Pope Francis holds a Master's degree in Chemistry, and the first Jesuit Pope. The Jesuits emphasize missionary work and education.
The Blue Marble Report goes To Mt. Si High School (no link): The Editor of the BMR has been the keynote presenter on Earth Day at Mt. Si High School for the past five years. The entire Junior and Senior student body take their regular science period to participate in a discussion of climate change and sustainability. This year the focus was on "Planetary Boundaries" and getting ready for COP21 in Paris this coming December. Students were more receptive than ever thanks to thorough preparation by Andrew Rapin who heads up the Science Department. Students wanted to know how they could get involved in getting the message out. They wanted older generations to pay attention and realize they and future generations will bare the brunt of their cynicism and inaction to prevent permanent and irreparable damage to the planet. The window of opportunity is closing quickly. The photo (left) shows the first of 6 classes held throughout the Earth Day annual event.
Photo credit: Doug Smith
Florida official was reprimanded for discussing ‘climate change’ in report, documents show: Despite denials by Florida officials, an official complaint ha been filed with the Governor's office saying a reprimand was issued to Barton Bibler, Land Management Plan Coordinator for including the words "climate change" in a summary of a meeting. In the meeting Mr. Bibler stated that the Keystone Pipeline "...would further jeopardize the stability of our climate, which would also negatively impact the State of Florida."
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