Thursday April 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayliss Library in SSM – 'Climate Science and the Paris Climate Agreement'.
This will be a frank, hard hitting discussion of climate science and its implications. Learn what you don’t get from the mass media!
For the informational flier click here.
Thursday March 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Bayliss Library in SSM – 'Echoes of the past, warnings for the future: a look at extinction in North America'.
This talk looked at the major extinctions North America has seen over the past 20,000 years, what we can expect in the future, and what the role of humanity has been (and is) in shaping the biodiversity of our continent.
For more information click here.
Tuesday February 9th at 6:30 p.m. – 'Oil & Water', the true story of Hugo Lucitante and David Poritz, premièred at the Bayliss Library in SSM.
To see the full flier click here.
The Three Lakes Group of the Sierra Club presented “Great Lakes Nesting Bird Colonies: Trends and Problems”
~ Ted Ludwig
At Bayliss Public Library, Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 6:30 P.M.
To see the full flier click here.
To see the full flier click here.
Renowned tree expert Steve Gregory talked about tree planting and maintenance here in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. If you have been thinking of planting a Sequoia or Eucalyptus tree in your front yard, Steve can give you some sage advice about doing it and keeping it healthy.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Zellar's Village Inn
7552 M-123, Newberry, MI 49868
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Driftwood Motel
590 N State St, St Ignace, MI 49781
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. State Street Coffee
211 W State St, Cheboygan, MI 49721
For more informational click here.
Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie.
To View The Film
A Bill Moyers’ Interview with Bill McKibben Environmental Activist and Author
Additional information on Bill McKibben can be found at the following link:
Bill McKibben's Website
Additional information on Bill Moyers can be found at the following link:
Bill Moyers' Website
Additional information on the program can be found at the following link: Informational Flier
Article: Unusually’ Thin And Fractured Arctic Ice Hints At Yet Another Record Melt ~ Dominique Mosbergen
The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) hadn’ t updated its near-real time daily chart of Arctic sea ice levels in more than a month. A satel lite that monitors the ice malfunctioned, forcing the center to suspend the service.
Article: Global 2040 Forecast Sees Only Slight Fall in Fossil Fuels ~ Bobby Magill
Report: Eagle Ford Shale Has Peaked...
Climate Change 2015 - A Poem ~ Annemarie Askwith
The U.S. Production Decline Has Begun ~ Arthur E. Berman
“Motherfrackers” and Big Oil Hypesters ~ Deborah Lawrence
Renewable Energy: Is That Where Salvation Lies? ~ Roger Blanchard
According to Paul Krugman, not only can renewable energy sources replace fossil fuels, presumably totally, but they can do it cheaply, rapidly and with economic advantages to those countries that move in that direction. Michael Brune has written that the U.S. can be essentially free of fossil fuels by 2030, 15 years from now. Easy, cheap and fast - that’s what I call optimism.
Joe Romm: Rate Of Climate Change To Soar By 2020s, With Arctic Warming 1°F Per Decade
The warming rate in the central case hits a stunning 1°F per decade — Arctic warming would presumably be at least 2°F per decade. And this goes on for decades.
No rational civilization would ever risk anything like that happening. Nor would they even risk the “moderate” warming of the RCP4.5 case. So let’s not!
Richard Muller: I Was wrong on Climate Change
Watch the following interview video of Richard Muller: Climate Sceptic Richard Muller Admits Global Warming is Real and Humans are the Cause
Comparison Pictures of Receding Glaciers ~ Roger Blanchard
In the photo to the right, the west shoreline of Muir Inlet in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve is shown as it appeared in 2005. Over the century since the first photo was taken, Muir Glacier ceased to have a tidewater terminus. Note the lack of floating ice and the abundant vegetation on many slopes. (USGS/Bruce Molnia)
The Status of U.S. Oil and Gas Production (Spring 2014) ~ Roger Blanchard
Based upon numerous media reports and statements by politicians you may have the impression that life couldn’t be any better for the U.S. oil and gas industry. Production is booming and oil and gas companies are rolling in dough. Fracking has made natural gas very cheap and will soon make oil cheap. Could it be that those reports and statements are not telling the whole story? The petroleum geologists listed above, as well as numerous recent reports that can be found on the Internet, tell a very different story.
Analysis of Well Completion Data for Bakken Oil Wells ~ Roger Blanchard
The well completion information in the Bakken Weekly includes initial production data for approximately 50% of wells. I suspect that many wells don’t have initial production data because there was little or no initial production, although that is generally not stated. There are a few cases where either 0 b/d is given or it is stated that the well was dry, but that is rare.
A fact that suggests that many of the completed wells don’t produce oil is that the sums of well completions in the Bakken Weekly increases significantly more rapidly than the number of producing wells provided by the state of North Dakota. In this analysis, I will assume that initial production was 0 b/d for wells in which initial well production data was not included.
Intensity of Weather Events ~ Roger Blanchard
Below are some daily rainfall records of 2013:
June 21 – 1.43 inches, July 26 – 2.23 inches, August 26 – 1.26 inches,
September 6 – 1.49 inches, September 9 – 2.56 inches, October 31 – 1.31 inches, November 17 – 2.54 inches
After the Haiyan Typhoon, I read that 6 of the 8 most powerful tropical storms on record had occurred from 1998 to the present. That didn’t surprise me at all. In order for a Category 5 storm to maintain itself, the water column under the storm has to have a relatively high temperature at considerable depth. I’ve read that the ocean water under Haiyan was 79oF at 100 meters. The reason warm water at depth is necessary is because an intense tropical storm churns up the water extensively. If the water is cold below the surface, the cooler water, when brought to the surface, will reduce the intensity of the storm.
Climatologist Kevin Trenbreth and others have documented that precipitation events are becoming more intense. That’s to be expected in a warming world because as water warms, the rate of evaporation increases. As air warms, it can hold more water vapor. Combining the two, the result is more intense precipitation events.
Oil & Water Don’t Mix: A Rally for the Great Lakes
Join with Great Lakes neighbors in the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge to tell Enbridge we will not allow tar sands oil to spill into our freshwater seas!
What: Oil & Water Don’t Mix: A Rally for the Great Lakes
Where: Bridge View Park, north of the Mackinac Bridge, Boulevard Drive, St. Ignace, Michigan
When: Sunday, July 14, 2013, Noon – Rain or Shine!
Who: Speakers include Bill McKibben, Beth Wallace (NWF), and others. Music by top Michigan artists Seth & May, Lake Effect, and many more!
For more information go to: http://joinsummerheat.org/mi/
Texas and Eagle Ford: Where the Action Is
A lot has been made in the media about how rapidly oil production is increasing in North Dakota due to development of tight oil in the Bakken Shale region of the state. Less has been made of the rapidly increasing oil production in Texas.
According to United States Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration (US DOE/EIA) data, oil production is rising faster in Texas than it is in North Dakota: a 523,000 b/d increase for Texas versus a 243,000 b/d increase for North Dakota in 2012, relative to 2011, based upon US DOE/EIA data as of 2/28/13.
In Texas, most of the recent oil production increase has come from a shale formation called Eagle Ford. Figure 1 is a diagram showing where Eagle Ford is located within Texas.
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