Blue Carbon Explained
18 hours ago
You would think the rich might care, if not from empathy, then from reading history. Ultimately gross inequality can be fatal to civilization. In his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning anthropologist Jared Diamond writes about how governing elites throughout history isolate and delude themselves until it is too late. He reminds us that the change people inflict on their environment is one of the main factors in the decline of earlier societies. For example: the Mayan natives on the Yucatan peninsula who suffered as their forest disappeared, their soil eroded, and their water supply deteriorated. Chronic warfare further exhausted dwindling resources. Although Mayan kings could see their forests vanishing and their hills eroding, they were able to insulate themselves from the rest of society. By extracting wealth from commoners, they could remain well-fed while everyone else was slowly starving. Realizing too late that they could not reverse their deteriorating environment, they became casualties of their own privilege. Any society contains a built-in blueprint for failure, Diamond warns, if elites insulate themselves from the consequences of their decisions, separated from the common life of the country.- Bill Moyers
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Last year, I posted a few pictures of this dazzling phenomenon I observed in the sky.
A year later, thanks to the Collins Weather Wild Guide, I have learned that what I saw were nacreous clouds, a form of iridescence.
Something I already knew: Nacreous clouds are rare, and I was very lucky to observe them.Thanks to my longtime friend Chu_Hi on Livejournal, who wrote all of this, and took this photos from one of the giant planes in which she spends much of her waking hours. This is her photo, please don't use it without her permission.As much as it's been hard for me to keep up with this blog all year, for no good reason, it might get harder soon as we have a baby joining our family for good in mid-March, and I'm going to be spending available time parenting for the next 18 years or so. I'm going to continue to try to maintain at least my current level of blogging, but if you're willing to toss a guest-blog post at me now and then, let me know -- geographile at gmail.com -- and we can talk.