Dr. Piers Sellers knows the Earth’s atmosphere. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in ecological science and a doctorate in biometeorology in England, Dr. Sellers studied the interaction between the Earth’s biosphere and atmosphere at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
Dr. Sellers then became an astronaut and flew in three shuttle missions to the International Space Station stationed in the rarefied atmospheric layers 180 – 190 miles above Earth.
With 80% of the atmosphere located within 10 miles of the Earth’s surface, travelling at mere 60 miles an hour, we would drive through this rich layer in 10 minutes. As Dr. Sellers observed in Leonardo DiCaprio’s recent film Before the Flood, “an astonishingly thin layer” nourishes us.
John Oró MD
Quote by Bruce Hill in Tools for Grassroots Activists published by Patagonia, 2016.
Denveright is a community-driven process for shaping Denver’s future over the next 15 years. The first public session was held this morning at McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver.
Open to the public, the Denveright sessions seek strong community involvement. Planning focuses on four key areas: land use, mobility, parks, and recreational resources.
Denveright encourages you to Get Involved. The schedule of upcoming meeting is here.
John Oró, MD
Paleo Terran has been dormant for 7 months while I have focused on a new news site called CyberMed News and the Twitter feeds @JohnOroMD and @Sustain_CO. Please follow any of these links of interest to you.
I hope to resume my posting on PaleoTerran.com in the future.
Recently the WSJ published an excellent article on the competition to develop hyperloop transport systems that was stimulated by Elon Musk in his “Hyperloop Alpha” proposal posted by SpaceX on Aug. 12, 2013. Among the nuggets in the article is a description of a futuristic city planned for a site located in-between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Alexander Chee of the WSJ writes:
"In his Santa Monica conference room, Quay Hays of GROW Holdings is laying out the plan for Quay Valley, the city he hopes will be a model for California’s future. It sounds, at first, like any other affluent California community: retail space, resort hotels, a winery, a spa. Where Quay Valley stands out is its plan to be solar-powered with extremely low water use. With a town of 26,000 networked smart homes and apartments built green from the ground up, Hays hopes to give 75,000 residents the eco-friendly lifestyle that critics of clean energy say is impossible. “There have been advances in green design and smart growth over the years, and the idea was, put all these things together in one place,” says Hays, a former publisher and film executive whose first job was booking punk and new wave acts for the Greek Theatre in the 1980s. His first attempt to launch Quay Valley was thwarted by litigation over water rights and the financial crisis of 2008; the new plan is to break ground on the site, a 7,200-acre expanse halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, sometime in 2016. When that happens, the world will be watching, and not just for the promised sustainability—Quay Valley also plans to feature the world’s first working Hyperloop, built by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies at an estimated cost of $100 million to $150 million."
Learn more at The Race to Create Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Heats Up
In my early teens, the Orion Nebula was the first nebula I saw using my small backyard refractor telescope. I recall faint swirls of color that were different than anything else I had seen in the heavens.
Over the years, and especially since 1994 when Corrective Optics were applied to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, images of our cosmos have markedly improved.
In 2004 and 2005, using the Advanced Camera for Surveys, Hubble was able peer further into Orion Nebula and see the “cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming.” According to Hubble Site, "Astronomers used 520 Hubble images, taken in five colors, to make this picture. They also added ground-based photos to fill out the nebula."
And what we now see is a gorgeous mix of over 3,000 stars, protoplanetary disks (birthing solar systems just at the edge of resolution in this mosaic image), and even, at upper left, a nebula within a nebula, what astronomers describe a “miniature Orion Nebula because only one star is sculpting the landscape.”
Through this remarkable image, we again meet the Orion Nebula, the closest birthplace of stars and planets. At the speed of light, we would travel 1,500 light-years before arriving.
The global incubator and venture fund 1776, hosted the 2015 Denver Challenge Cup at The Commons on Champa in Denver on November 24, 2015. The goal of the 1776 Challenge Cup is to “discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time.”
Winners of the Denver Local round then move up to the Regional competition and each of the winners in the 9 Regional Challenge Cups - along with a few wild cards – are invited to participate in the Global Finals to be held June 2016 in Washington, D.C.
a few images from the 2015 Denver Challenge Cup
Each of 20 entrepreneurs had two minutes to pitch to the judges and one minute for questions.
Michelle Archuleta, CEO of Doctor Speak, describes their platform for "translating medical terminology and speech into something you as a patient can understand and use to make informed medical decisions."
With the energy radiated by Daryl Oster, Founder and CEO of ET3 Global Alliance, Inc., we may soon be ridding in high-speed evacuated tubes pods.
Dynamic Desiree Shank, Founder and CEO of Future College Fund, describes how to crowdfund your child's college education.
Anthony Franco, CEO of mcSquares, describes their "dry-erase system that enables you to collaborate and create like never before."
mcSquares gets everyone involved in the process on an equal footing. Shy or not.
John Schnipkoweit, CEO/Co-Founder NextStep.io, on supercharging your Fitbit for better health.
Mike Kobneck, President and co-founder of Novum Concepts, describes Biophone, a smart-phone/iPad app that deploys “to first responders to capture images and video from the field that are sent to the ER prior to arrival.”
Kevin Krauth, co-founder of Orderly Health, explains how their service helps you "understand your complete cost of care, including what you spend outside of your insurance company" by combining "healthcare spending from both claims and personal spending accounts to show you every dollar spent to keep you and your family healthy."
Wendi Burkhardt is co-founder and CEO of Silvernest, an online market that "boldly breaks the rules of aging so you can open your home on your own terms. We’re creating the next generation of roommates. A more modern kind. A well matched kind."
CONGRATULATIONS TO the winners & ALL THE Participants!
Richard Di Natale, Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Greens caucus, recently announced plans to create RenewAustralia. The new agency is intended “to double Australia's energy efficiency and move the country towards 90 per cent renewable energy by 2030.”
In addition, a $1 billion Clean Energy Transition Fund would be created “to assist coal workers and communities with the transition to clean energy.”
Speaking with Australia’s ABC, Di Natale emphasized the transition from coal is “an economic imperative”:
"For over a decade, Chicago’s Field Museum has been working with the Peruvian government on the creation of a national park 22 times larger than the Windy City itself. Finally, their efforts have paid off: a large portion of the Sierra del Divisor mountain range has just been granted national park status, making the central 3.3 million acres of Amazonian rainforest untouchable to those looking to profit off its resources."
"These brownies are legit the most amazing dessert I’ve ever made…and I’ve made a lot of dessert. Linley and I tested these babies 4 times before getting it JUST right. I based the recipe off of Davida’s Avocado Brownies, but there’s no avocados involved. When I was in Toronto a few months ago (I can’t believe it’s already been a few months since I as in the TO), I had the pleasure of eating her Avo Brownies first hand and huzzzzzah….they were delicious!"
Read more at Grain-Free Pumpkin Brownies
Grand Canyon viewed from the South Rim. Photo John McLaughlin.
Did Exxon, over 30 years ago, recognize that the burning of fossil fuels would increase atmospheric CO2 and warm the planet? Take a careful look at the graph above from an Exxon research study published in 1981 and recently posted by CleanTechnica. As you can see, Exxon scientist noted the range of global temperatures due to “natural fluctuations” would remain level beyond 2100. However, they discovered that continued release of CO2 into the atmosphere would warm the planet much above the normal historical baseline.
Instead of acting on their results and investigating alternative energy sources, Exxon began denying humans were warming the planet and obstructed corrective measures. As reported by The Guardian:
Despite the pledge, ExxonMobile (Exxon & Mobil merged in 1999), continued their obstruction and “gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial.”
Launched in 2006, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft obtained exquisite photos of Pluto during its July 2015 flyby. Below are a few selected areas from a recently published high-resolution image of this distant world.
"First, it must be stated that a true “right of the environment” does exist, for two reasons. First, because we human beings are part of the environment. We live in communion with it, since the environment itself entails ethical limits which human activity must acknowledge and respect. Man, for all his remarkable gifts, which “are signs of a uniqueness which transcends the spheres of physics and biology” (Laudato Si’, 81), is at the same time a part of these spheres. He possesses a body shaped by physical, chemical and biological elements, and can only survive and develop if the ecological environment is favorable. Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity."