Category Archives: Climate Change

High enough to avoid the rising Seas

Where I live in Amarillo it is 3,634 feet (1,107.64 meters) above sea level. Not as high as Denver, the mile high city, but still fairly high.

Did did you know that at higher elevations water boils at a lower temperature? It’s true! Because water boils at a lower temperature at high altitudes you have to cook foods longer to make them fully cooked. This includes cooking in a microwave. Some products have special instructions for high-altitude cooking.

Amarillo, Texas, is high enough to require special cooking instructions.

It’s also high enough so that if the sea Rises due to climate change, then the Caprock will become waterfront property!

Of course I’m joking. But there are two Great Plains in America: the high plains and the rolling plains. However, even with an extreme rise in sea level the ocean will never reach either of these plains.

Ocean levels are rising. In the future they may rise a lot more, potentially flooding coastal cities like New York, Los Angeles, West Bengal, the Netherlands, and so on.

50.5 miles per gallon

Here I sit at the car dealership while my Toyota Prius gets it’s yearly inspection.

The car is averaging 50.5 mpg in town. For long trips accross country it gets 45 mpg.

My previous car got 23 mpg.

Overall I’m happy with the vehicle. Maybe it’s not built to haul 2x4s and other lumber, but it sure is cheap to drive.

What happens when the planet is over populated?

I assume you mean over populated by people because there are far more germs and insects than people on Earth.

In fact, we have very few people, but we are a destructive people that are capable of and are in fact changing the environment and not for the better.

Without population control it will just get worse and worse. Every heterosexual couple should have no more than 1 child. This would reduce the population and allow us to continue to abuse the environment and enjoy our pleasures of modern civilization at a sustainable level. However, in absence of that it will not get better and it will come to a point where there is a crunch. Sooner or later things will crash and eventually nature will balance things out.

 

Why are we so obsessed with finding the smallest amount of life on another planet when we have amazing life that we take for granted here on Earth and we destroy it?

I don’t think this scientific quest detracts from our appreciation for all the wonderful things we have here on Earth.

You’re right. We need to do both.

However, just why are scientists “so obsessed” with “finding the smallest amount of life on another planet” in the first place, and why are people taking life for granted here on Earth and destroying it?

First, the searching for life in space boils down to an ancient feud between Science and Religion. Galileo (1564-1642), father of modern physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics and philosophy, was put on trial by the Catholic Church and convicted. This has never been forgiven.

We spend billions of dollars listening 24/7 for repeating radio waves, sending rovers to drill rocks on Mars, search the nearby stars for signs of “Earth-like” planets, and so on just to have at least some evidence that life has evolved on some other planet in the galaxy or moon in our solar system. It’s such an important endeavor that finding an alien and a UFO from space would delight scientists. If only. Unfortunately, we don’t even have a fossil of a microbe from space. No evidence at all.

We have no proof life exists anywhere in the universe other than Earth. Given a planet with the right conditions, life can spring from matter and eventually evolve into something greater. No God required. It’s the wet dream of science, but still an unproven theory.

Second, people taking life for granted here on Earth and destroying it because – even in our schools – children are being brainwashed to believe the Earth was created 4,000 years ago and not 4.5 billion years ago, and that God created life on Earth and all life and things on Earth are meant for the descendants of Adam and Eve to rule over and enjoy. That mentality drives people not to care about what we do to Earth.

How do some people still believe Earth is the only planet with intelligent life?

Ignorance.

I once posted a question to my Facebook page. Which do you believe: 1) Earth is 4.5 billion years old like scientists say or 2) 4500 years old like the Bible says? More than half of my Facebook crowd, which includes people from work, my wife’s family, my family, friends from my childhood, and so on, answered 2. I was surprised. Not only did they select 2, but with comments like “2, of course!”

This is a problem. Why some religious people (not all, of course) believe the Earth is 4500 years old is very surprising to me.

People don’t trust science. In fact, right now in the United States we have a leader that doesn’t believe the Earth’s climates are changing and that if they are, that mankind has anything to do with it at all.

Here’s an image of a giant wasteland in the Pacific Ocean. True story. This consists of our trash, plastic bags and so on, that get washed down waterways and find their way to the ocean, then drift to the center of the ocean where they gather to form the Pacific Ocean Garbage heap. And people say humans have nothing to do with climate change.

Worm Composting

Image result for red wigglersI have a small worm composting bin. This is not it, but basically you get the idea. You keep it indoors.

Worm composting is different than regular composting. With regular composting you throw your kitchen waste in a container and keep turning it over and over until it rots into nice looking dirt for your garden.

With worm composting you buy red wiggler worms from someone on Ebay (at least that’s where I get the best luck), throw the worms in with your compost and they eat it and turn it into nice looking dirt for your garden.

You’d be surprised what you can compost with your worms.

First, never feed them oily food, meat or milk products, eggs, or stuff of that nature.

But if something grows, red wrigglers can usually eat it. It’s good to grind it up to small pieces, but they’ll eat it.  According to Cathy’s Crawly Composter, red wigglers “eat most things organic including fruit/veggie scraps, bread, coffee grounds/filters, tea bags, grains, plant trimmings, paper, leaves” and so on.

But did you know if you have a paper shredder you can throw in some of that? Yes you can. Just no plastics or stuff that’s shiny. No plastic windows over envelopes.

So here’s a list of unusual stuff you can feed your red wrigglers.

  1. Lint from your drying machine.
  2. Grass from your lawnmower.
  3. Leaves that fall off your trees.
  4. Cardboard boxes.
  5. Coffee grounds and the coffee filter as well.
  6. Crushed egg shells, but make sure you rinse out the inside to get rid of the egg white before you crush it up and drop it on your worms.

These worms never seem to sleep. Every time I look in on them they’re crawling around, but they never “wander” – crawl out of the container. Finally I figured it was all those coffee grounds that keeps ’em awake.

 

How long before the expansion of the Universe causes our Earth to drift away from the Sun?