A new study finds that rising sea levels created by global warming will cause a slower flow of the Gulf Stream as it moves North and eventually east towrards northern Europe. By 2100, sea levels should rise by three feet. This will contaminate water supplies, jeopardize power plants, airports, roads, and port facilities.
This study includes actual measurements of the Gulf Stream's flow, and satellite data.
Melting ice from Greenland dilutes the salt water, which slows down the journey of the water southward since fresh water has a harder time sinking due to its density.
Higher sea levels pushed ashore can lead to devastating effects, as witnessed in New York by Superstorm Sandy.
For link to full article: http://www.wunderground.com/news/east-coast-rising-seas-slower-gulf-stream-20130213
Executive Order B-18-12 was implemented by Governor Jerry Brown on April 25th, 2012. The main goal of this order is to allow state agencies to reduce their energy use on lighting, heating, air conditioning, and water. Other goals include:
- To reduce energy use by at least 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020.
- The continuation of state agencies to reduce their energy purchases by at least 20 percent by 2018.
- New or major renovations to state buildings that are larger than 10,000 square feet must use clean power generators, like wind power, solar photovoltaic, or solar thermal power.
- State buildings that are 10,000 square feet or larger must be certified "silver" or higher by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
- State agencies must provide electric vehicle charging stations in new and existing buildings.
- The Department of General Services must work with other state agencies to develop policies for water conservation and further efficiency improvements. These must be implemented by July 1st, 2013, and should be continually updated in the State Administration Manual.
- State agencies must reduce water use by 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020.
- State agencies must use environmentally friendly products that have less of an impact on human health.
- State agencies must report the progress of these measures.
- Executive Order S-20-04 must also be rescinded immediately.
Executive Order S-20-04 was implemented by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on July 27th, 2004. This order also aimed to reduce energy use in state owned buildings by 20 percent by 2015. It also encouraged private sectors to achieve the same goal.
Read entire order at: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=17508
Read entire S-20-04 order at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/energy/ExecOrderS-20-04.htm
The impact of the loss of Arctic ice caps can lead to many devastating effects on the ecosystem. There may be more potential for snowfall, more storms and stronger winds, and villages can also fall beneath the sea level. There is also of course negative effect on the animals in the Arctic like seals, walruses, and polar bears.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave it's input on the current drought situation in the midwest. Corn production has decresed by 13%, and could ultimately increase corn prices, and create other negative effects.
Not much oversight is given to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.
What is Park(ing) Day?
Parking day is a worldwide event that takes place every year where people purchase metered parking spaces and temporarily transform them into a park. This event was founded in 2005 in San Francisco, California. The main purpose of Park(ing) Day is to In the year 2011,there were 975 parks in 162 cities, 35 countries, and six continents. This event takes place on the third Friday in September. This year, it will be held on Friday, September 20th, 2013.
There have been many uses for the spaces that have been rented. Recently, political seminars, art installations, bike repair shops, ecology demonstrations, and even a wedding ceremony was held in the parking space. This allows for people to showcase their values and draw attention to issues that are important to them, such as marriage equality, health care, water rights, labor equality, or simply could be an act of kindness.
Park(ing) Day in Sacramento, 2008.
How Do I Participate in Park(ing) Day?
To participate in this event, you must be knowledgeable of your city's rules and regulations and local legal codes. There are cases where you may need a permit as well. You also need to agree to the terms of license and agreement, available on the Park(ing) Day website. There is also a DIY Network available on the official Park(ing) Day website that connects you with other people who are looking to stage a Park(ing) Day in your city.
Link to DIY Network: http://my.parkingday.org/
Park(ing) Day has effectively "re-valued the metered parking space as an important part of the commons – a site for generosity, cultural expression, socializing and play. And although the project is temporary, we hope PARK(ing) Day inspires you to participate in the civic processes that permanently alter the urban landscape."
For more infomation, visit Park(ing) Day's official website at: http://parkingday.org/
Park(ing) Day in Bohol, Philippines