Posted on November 14, 2012 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
English: Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. Official photo as FWS employee. c. 1940. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The mainstream media reports that thousands of residents in New Jersey and New York are still without power in the destructive wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The scientific community has pretty much accepted their own data that the polar caps are melting and the oceans are raising and getting warmer. There are fewer and fewer skeptics who can deny the data with a straight face.
So, is climate change real? That may be the wrong question.
Rachel Carson proved beyond doubt that we humans as a species do impact the environment. This planet is our home.
The right question may be: How much longer can we mindlessly poison this planet before we destroy our home? Which brings us to another question.
What are we going to do about it?
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Posted on May 15, 2010 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
The public knows about the April 20th explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon rig. The public knows about the 11 crew members that were killed in the explosion. The public has a general idea of the devastation the disaster is having on the environment and the livelihoods of people from Texas to Florida. And the public knows that the executives of the companies involved in the disaster don’t want to take responsibility for the disaster.
What the public may not be as aware of is that each one of the solutions to capping the oil spill (from the 100 ton containment box and the much smaller containment box to the chemicals being used under water to break up the oil and the recent effort to put a six-inch pipe in the twenty one-inch well column) are all experimental.
They’ve never been done before and each one so far has failed.
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Posted on May 2, 2010 by pittsburghflashfictiongazette
As the bad news continues from the Gulf Coast off Louisiana, officials of BP and the Obama Administration are not talking about the worst case scenario that is on everyones’ mind. What happens when the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig gets into the Gulf Stream?
Why should this be a worry? Because the Gulf Stream flows around the southern tip of Florida and up the East Coast of the United States. And as any college student in Environment 101 will tell you, the damage that the oil spill is doing to the eco system will be felt for years.
Already, the tourist and fishing business have taken an economic hit that means misery for tens of thousands whose livelihoods depend on the waters off the coast from Louisiana to Florida.
The East Coast could be next.
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