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We often hear that climate change is a big deal, but if asked what impact it could have in the future a lot of people might not have a good answer. A few of the negative impacts are discussed in this article that compares what the difference would be between 1.5 degrees C of warming and 2 degrees C of warming by the end of the century.
A small difference in global temperature rise can make a big difference to sea level, coral reefs, crops and more.
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Good, this ought to hurt a bit. Hopefully we'll see some criminal charges for the employees involved as well.

And for anyone who owns a Volkswagen (see the article for the models, I think most of them are 2009 or more recent) you have a pretty significant sum of money that will be available to you, I'd recommend looking into this.
In a historic civil settlement, VW will buy back or repair cars sold as "clean" but that in fact polluted above legal levels. The company will also pay nearly $5 billion for environmental reparations.
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"Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Intergenerational solidarity is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice, since the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us."

An important quote from Pope Francis in Laudato Si, and something to keep in mind on earth day and every day.
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Thinking about the earth one day of the year isn't going to help it. Earth day is a day to think about ways we are being wasteful with the earth's resources and make changes to reduce our consumption.

Earth day resolution 1: stop shaving my face in the shower. Although it's nice to shave in the warm water this is pretty wasteful and really doesn't save me any time anyway. It may seem like running out of fresh water isn't a concern, but if we deplete the aquifers faster than they replenish we will have serious issues in the future.

There are lots of ways to conserve resources, it can be as simple as shutting off the water while you brush your teeth or turning off lights and TVs when you leave a room. Or it could be more involved, such as replacing light bulbs with LEDs or taking more care to recycle everything that is able to be recycled.

We should all make earth day more meaningful by reflecting on our resource use and taking steps to reduce it.
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+Marcus Thomas​ that's probably the best strategy, but I grow gross blonde scruff, nothing anyone would want to see on my face.
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This is very cool.
The decision caps a public campaign asking for the change and months of deliberation by the Treasury.
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+Marcus Thomas it's just nice to see someone other than old white men on the bills. It probably won't change much, but it's just nice to see the bills reflect the general population, and to give credit and show that this country was made what it is by a diverse group of people, not just the men we normally focus on.

+Frank Graffagnino that would be cool, completely agree!
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+SpaceX did it!! Here's the video!
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Wow, the Sherwin Williams logo is ominous. Why would they make the paint the color of blood too?
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This is a pretty comprehensive write-up on the current state of opinion and research on universal basic income, and it does a great job covering various aspects of it. I'm excited to see it generating more interest and more studies, and I hope that the interest from the public and from researchers continues to grow, and especially so from politicians. I think this is something that would help reduce a lot of issues if we were to implement it, and I think it is something that we need to implement to better prepare ourselves for the future as we transition more and more to automation. Perhaps we will come up with new jobs like we have in the past, but having this in place would greatly help when an industry switches to automation and the workers suddenly have no prospects. I hope that twenty years from now we'll be seeing states, regions, and countries adopting this, and I hope if it proves to be effective (I think it will be) that the US doesn't waste any time in adopting it.
Daniel Straub remembers the night he got hooked on basic income. He had invited Götz Werner, a billionaire owner of a German drugstore chain, to give an independent talk in Zurich, where Straub was…
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"And then we wept."

The chatter of gossip distracts us from the really big story, the Anthropocene: the new geological era we are bringing about.   Pay attention for a minute.  Most of the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, now looks like a ghostly graveyard.  

Most corals are colonies of tiny genetically identical animals called polyps.   Over centuries, their skeletons build up reefs, which are havens for many kinds of sea life.  Some coral polyps can catch their own food using stingers.  But most get their food by symbiosis!  They cooperate with algae called zooxanthellae.  These algae get energy from the sun's light.   They actually live inside the polyps, and provide them with of their food.  Most of the color of a coral reef comes from these zooxanthellae.

For reasons I don't understand, when a polyp gets stressed, it can kick out the zooxanthellae living in it.   This happens when the sea water gets too hot.  Without the zooxanthellae, the polyp is transparent and the coral's white skeleton is revealed - as you see here.  We say the coral is bleached.

After they bleach, the polyps begin to starve.  If conditions return to normal fast enough, the zooxanthellae may come back.   If they don't, the coral will die.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the northeast coast of Australia, contains over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands.  It's huge: 2,300 kilometers long with an area of about 340,000 square kilometers.  It can be seen from outer space!

With global warming, this reef has been starting to bleach.  Parts of it bleached in 1998 and again in 2002.  But this year, with a big El Niño pushing world temperatures to new record highs, is the worst.

Scientists have being flying over the Great Barrier Reef to study the damage, and divers have looked at some of the reefs in detail.  Of the 522 reefs surveyed in the northern section, over 80% are severely bleached and less than 1% are not bleached at all.    Of 226 reefs surveyed in the central section, 33% are severely bleached and 10% are not bleached.  Of 163 reefs in the southern section, 1% are severely bleached and 25% are not bleached. 

The top expert on coral reefs in Australia, Terry Hughes, wrote:

“I showed the results of aerial surveys of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef to my students.  And then we wept.”

Some of the bleached reefs may recover.  But as oceans continue to warm, the prospects look bleak.  The last big El Niño was in 1998.  With a lot of hard followup work, scientists showed that in the end, 16% of the world’s corals died in that event. 

This year is quite a bit hotter.

So, global warming is not a problem for the future: it's a problem now.   It's not good enough to cut carbon emissions eventually.   We've got to get serious now.  

I need to recommit myself to this.  For example, I need to stop flying around to conferences.  I've cut back, but I need to do much better.  Future generations, living in the damaged world we're creating, will not have much sympathy for our excuses.
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Really cool picture from the Omaha Henry Doorly zoo.


Photo by Kim Jacobson, one of the keepers.
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It's time for a new phone, and while I'm at it time to reevaluate whether Virgin Mobile is still the best deal. My wife and I are paying $35 a month each for unlimited calls and texts and 2.5 GB of data each, and after that the data is unlimited but just way slower. Are there any other companies that can beat that? I also prefer to pay the cost of a phone up front instead of monthly, but that's not a deal breaker, and I don't like to spend a lot of money on phones, I stick with the mid range Android phones. Is Virgin mobile the best deal or is there some kind of shared plan with one of the big networks that would save money?
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That's cool, T mobile isn't a very big presence in my area so I'm not sure about them. That's a good idea on the corporate discount though, I vaguely remember work mentioning something like that so I'll have to check!
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    Bridge EIT, 2015 - present
  • LeMar Industries
    Structural Engineer, 2014 - 2015
  • Iowa State University
    Research Assistant, 2012 - 2014
  • Iowa DOT
    Inspection Intern, 2012 - 2012
  • Council Bluffs Public Works
    Flood Worker, 2011 - 2011
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An engineer and a geek
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I'm a structural engineer who also happens to be a huge nerd. I have a lot of interests and hobbies which I am usually doing in my free time. Here are some of my hobbies and interests, which typically make up the things I post about, in no particular order:

  • Movies and TV: I love all sorts of movies, especially Star Wars and Marvel movies, as well as TV shows like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Agents of Shield.
  • Comics: I'm a big Marvel fan and a big fan of comic books and characters in general.
  • Animation: I really enjoy animating and making videos. This is time consuming so I don't come out with them too often, but I'll post some occasionally and you can check out my previous ones on my YouTube channel.
  • Crafts: I like to make things, whether it be building 3D HeroClix maps or any other random project.
  • Video Games: Assassin's Creed is my favorite series, and I enjoy several other games as well.
  • Programming: I'm a novice programmer but I have a few projects I like to work on for fun.
  • Politics and Environment: I've recently realized that to fix the problems with the government that everyone likes to complain about, we all need to get involved. I'm a big believer in caring for our environment and the power of a few people to make a difference.

I welcome discussion and I love to hear alternative opinions to mine, so don't be afraid to comment and discuss things!
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Way more humble than you are.
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  • Iowa State University
    Structural Engineering, 2012 - 2014
  • Iowa State University
    Civil Engineering, 2009 - 2012
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