Category Archives: Climate change

Guardian says, ‘Keep it in the ground’

The logic of climate change is simple: high-levels of atmospheric CO2 threaten our future (not only humans, but many species) burning fossil fuels adds CO2 to the atmosphere (scientists estimate that the current level, ~400 ppm, is already dangerously high) … finish reading Guardian says, ‘Keep it in the ground’

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Global Divestment Day, Feb 13

Reed College was established just over 100 years ago. I don’t know what the pressing issues of the day were back then, but they certainly didn’t include global climate change. The notion that human activity, everyday human activity no less, … finish reading Global Divestment Day, Feb 13

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Reckoning with Evil? Divest!

The first day of classes brought a new poster on the building’s front door: “Reckoning with Evil, an interview with Prof. Newlands, Notre Dame.” This simple poster caused me to reflect. Evil has so many disguises. Consider the burning of … finish reading Reckoning with Evil? Divest!

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Environmental Summit echoes one year later

The Dalai Lama Environmental Summit was held in Portland in May 2013. Many thousands attended. Maitripa College, the first Tibetan Buddhist college in the Pacific NW, has released a free 11 minute video highlighting some of the speakers, ideas, and … finish reading Environmental Summit echoes one year later

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Do what we must: Divest !!!

Reed’s plans to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its endowment were announced today by commencement speaker, Igor Vamos ’93. In the midst of his speech, which focused largely on the challenges of climate change, he told today’s graduates that … finish reading Do what we must: Divest !!!

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Sierra Club report: are colleges going green?

It’s back-to-school time again and that means it is time to check out the Sierra Club’s annual list of green colleges (“Do Green Schools Matter?” and “Complete Rankings: America’s Coolest Schools”, Sierra, Sept/Oct 2013). Sadly, the list doesn’t include Reed, … finish reading Sierra Club report: are colleges going green?

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Still smiling …

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited Portland’s Memorial Coliseum last month at the invitation of Maitripa College. So amazing … either he has the ability to single-handedly raise the spirits of 11,000 strangers, or we project that ability on … finish reading Still smiling …

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“Fish-inspired” Wind Farms

In order to reach maximum efficiency, windmills must be spaced far apart. This allows each rotor to capture ‘clean’ air moving across its blades. Unfortunately, arranging windmills for high efficiency means that wind farms must occupy a fairly large patch … finish reading “Fish-inspired” Wind Farms

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Carbon Tax: the gift that says “I care about you”

Chem profs don’t usually weigh in on tax policy, but it’s the season for thoughtful giving and nothing says, “I care about you,” like a thoughtful gift. That’s why I’m suggesting the US adopt a carbon tax in the new … finish reading Carbon Tax: the gift that says “I care about you”

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‘Despair’ at Climate Conference in Doha

With Hurricane Sandy behind us (except if you live in those forgotten parts of America called New York or New Jersey), Americans are revving up their furnaces, cars, Xmas light displays, and hopping aboard airplanes to visit family. Lucky us. … finish reading ‘Despair’ at Climate Conference in Doha

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