About us: This web site is designed as a focal point to begin your research on the topics of global warming, climate change and sustainability. Here you will find current comments and reports, related scientific information, public and government assessments, discussions of planning and policy; and ideas that deal with the mitigation, resilience and adaptation to climate change. Under "FEATURES" you will find topic headlines, links, videos, and formal academic education programs.
Good science is based upon skepticism. I encourage you to seek proof and consilience with other science disciplines and sources. Most of all enjoy the quest. Form your own opinions on credible and reproducible data, not heresay or the utterances of pundits without scientific credentials.
About me: My name is W. Douglas Smith. I'm an environmental scientist, environmental diplomat, explorer and educator. As a Senior Compliance Investigator in the U.S. EPA, I conducted inspections and investigations, developed protocols and training materials for EPA, the World Bank Institute, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From 1972 through 2005 I was the owner/operator of an adventure travel company focused on the concept of eco-trekking in the Himalayas and around the world.
Welcome to the Antropocene. We are the dominant bio-geochemical force on Earth. We have dominion. "With great power comes great responsibility."
Great civilizations have fallen because of the unsustainable choices they made. We are at a similar crossroads with our global civilization. What will our choices be? Will it be hubris and greed for the here and now or wisdom and a view to a sustainable, inclusive, just and prosperous future?
We can live in harmony with the planet that gives us 100% of the goods and services of our economy; or we can ignore that relationship and suffer the consequences. Remember Nature always holds the high card.
The consequences of ignoring Earth's symbiotic relationship to humanity are severe.