Archive | March 2020

The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution | WIRED

Wuhan 2016. Pollution Death Zone.

I discovered this while researching just how beneficial the pandemic and the lockdown impacts have been.

The correlations between the levels of pollution at the same places that are attributing the highest death rates during the epidemic are interesting.

The respiratory death rates in the months preceding the virus, were much higher than the virus-related death toll.

Over 100,000 people per month have been dying from “pollution” which is three times higher than the total “81,000” people diagnosed with the virus in China.  

Both the pollution, and death rate from it have been dropping since the lockdown, but the pollution death toll drop is slower than the emissions drop.

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Reductions in traffic and industry have lowered nitrogen dioxide levels—offering an accidental glimpse into what a low-carbon future might look like.

Source: The Pandemic Has Led to a Huge, Global Drop in Air Pollution | WIRED

New Satellite Video Shows China Pollution Vanishing During COVID-19 Lockdown—Then Coming Back

In China, the death toll from Covid 19 has flattened out. The average over the December to March time period was 55 people per day.

But the death toll from the pollution that will resume is over 3,000 people per day.

That means that pollution is 55 x more deadly than Covid 19.

Imagine if we put as much effort into reducing pollution, as we are investing in stopping Covid 19.

The European Space Agency released a new video this weekend that shows air pollution vanishing over China as the country goes into COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown, then returning as business resumes.

Source: New Satellite Video Shows China Pollution Vanishing During COVID-19 Lockdown—Then Coming Back

A response to Trump’s misleading bravado.

Tired of staying home all day?
Bored with television?
Feel a need to help the less fortunate?
Concerned about your health and  frustrated because you can’t get tested?Want to conserve water and save the planet?Got a sandwich bag, a padded envelope, and a few stamps?
Try this:

FedEx and Express Mail will get it there soonest and will even provide a “free” box.  
Do not fax.

And, for the rest of us, the time has never been better to check in on our friends and family using Whatsapp, Skype,Messenger, or telephone.

Kindness seems to be going viral even faster than the Covid 19 virus.

Panic Turns to Patience: Day 4 of Quarantine in Spain

Apartment Courtyards in Barcelona

Covid 19 is starting to bring out the best in people. This article is an encouraging read.

Source: Panic Turns to Patience: Day 4 of Quarantine in Spain

“What else has to happen in Italy for Spain to close everything down? Have they not learned anything from us?” This past Friday, March 13th, on my way home from running one last errand in Barcelona…

Today, and the future

99.9 percent of the people you know will still be here a year from now.
Be thoughtful and nice to them today.

Supply chain experts: Foods that could be less available in pandemic

I appreciate this pragmatic observation. Those who take the time to think do have an advantage in surviving crisis without suffering needlessly.

Stuck rationing toilet paper because you didn’t stockpile during coronavirus panic? Don’t worry, it will soon overflow in grocery stores aisles, according to supply chain experts. But a few food items may start to dwindle.

Source: Supply chain experts: Foods that could be less available in pandemic

Something is going horribly wrong.

Between the demonization of the two cleanest sources of electricity in the world, Nuclear, and Natural Gas, we’re driving a new resurgence of the dirtiest generation fuel.

Japan, in the face of climate change, is building coal power plants – Vox

How could we think about using coal when we could be eliminating this kind of natural gas waste

There is enough natural gas, being flared for lack of market, to integrate with Wind, and Solar to create a net zero, reliable electricity supply that coupled with Nuclear, could turn the CO2 trend negative.

But no. let’s keep campaigning to keep the planet’s best hopes, buried under sinful levels of misinformation, ending up driving economic survival toward the worst possible choices.

I’m passionate about using every tool possible to maintain and even start recapturing the habitability of Earth, and quality of life for all living things, but it’s discouraging to have arrows raining down, from every direction, trying to kill every other “tribe.”

We must get past the misinformation, and collaborate, rather than fight over ineffective options, when there are viable options.

©  William Ross Williams 2020

How A New Cheese Factory Can Transform The Landscape Around It | Harvest Public Media

What does this have to do with Africa?

We can power this with clean and green energy, and no grid connection.

Nothing, today. but we are changing that. Of course nothing close to this magnitude, but cheese can be the high value-added product we can use to pay for our regenerative, regreening of the desertifying grasslands in the semi-arid parts of Kenya.

This is all part of the macro-strategy I wrote about a while back when talking about getting lights, clean water and decent incomes to millions of people in the lands that are currently destitute.

There are unlimited reasons for hope. We just need to look past the reality we’re living in.

Source: How A New Cheese Factory Can Transform The Landscape Around It | Harvest Public Media

The agricultural opportunities and challenges in Kenya are enormous.

And so is the need, but we have to create a massive paradigm shift with a very small core of people.

It could be intimidating to a point of paralysis, but I’m helped by an attitude that is bolstered by stories like this.

The Mississippi Effect.

Systems sometimes stand balanced precariously on the cusp of change. We may return to the river analogy by noting some interesting facts about the Mississippi. Basically, the river meanders through its last several hundred miles before spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in a general course that could not be altered by any event of less than cataclysmic proportions. But its local course is subject to drastic alteration by remarkably trivial events. A person with a shovel can, at the right place, start a small cut that gets bigger and bigger until the whole river flows through the new channel and an entire curve of the river is obliterated. (This fact was an ever-present consideration to nineteenth-century owners of river-front property, who often hired men to shoot on sight any suspicious persons caught upriver in the possession of digging implements.)  Ross, Lee. The Person and the Situation

In Kenya, the “river” is an agricultural and cultural paradigm, but in addition to shovels we have one other “Power tool.”

It will soon become apparent that it’s genuinely in everyone’s best self interest to make the shift, and it will literally lead to “greener” pastures.