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Monday, December 28, 2009

Plan B 4.0 - Mobilizing to Save Civilization




Lester Brown, founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the world's most influential thinkers" and as "the guru of the global environmental movement" by The Telegraph of Calcutta.  The author of numerous books, including Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization where he develops a vision for an environmentally sustainable economy, chapters, articles, etc., he helped pioneer the concept of environmentally sustainable development. Plan B is a worldwide mobilization to stabilize population and stabilize climate.  Plan B replaces the fossil-fuel-based, automobile-centered, throwaway economy with a new economic model powered by abundant sources of renewable energy: primarily wind, solar, and geothermal.  For more on Plan B, click on the title for a link to the Earth Policy Institute, or scroll to the top of my blog and click on the tab.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Blizzard 2009, Storm of the Decade

Starting on Friday, around 3:00 pm in the afternoon, a tempestuous snow storm rolled in and has since then blanketed much of the eastern US.  While this may not be the storm of the century, it is certainly the storm of the decade.  Meteorologists have been comparing the storm to the blizzard of 1996.  In some parts of the nation, single day snowfall records were set.  Areas like Philadelphia experienced the second-heaviest snowfall on record with 23 inches.  The DC metro area reported its largest snowfall since 1885!  In Fayetteville we experienced knee-high deep snow, and the Beckley Airport reported a snow depth of 21 inches from the storm.  To see look at some interesting stats, click on the title for a link to Wikipedia "North American Blizzard of 2009."



Snowed in!




Using the trail networks to get around town.




Wolf Creek, view from upper Wolf Creek bridge.





View from Erin's (& Lydia's) front porch





Life on the farm ain't easy.





I hope this wasn't a sign of how the day would turn out...