LATE ADDITION... a Saturday participatory / interactive event...
Citizens' Climate Lobby celebrates a with a talk by climate scientist Katherine Heyhoe, followed by actions you can take to help deal with climate change, including your choice of FOUR breakout sessions. This is a Zoom meeting. If you haven't done a Zoom session yet, here's a great chance to try it out with something that matters. Click here ahead of time to register and see what it's about.
■ Added on Apr 25th:
• added at 4:15 am Pacific, "Earth, Climate & Corruption," from TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, the global coalition against corruption. LONG INSERT with interactive illustrations, just below the list of added content.
• 4:40 am Pacific,
■ Added on Apr 23rd:
Added at time shown: • 12:17 pm Pacific, an "Inner Climate Change," following the feature on Greta Thunberg.
• 11:43 am Pacific, from 350.org, on Day Two of the 3-day music & activism festival.
• 10:45 am Pacific, from the Washington Post (story, links, and two cartoons). Also some reformatting of original content, for clarity / readability.
We are including the following two features, up-top, as an important late additions because an age-old admonition in journalism is "Follow the money if you want to know what's really behind anything." The sources of both pieces -- Transparency International, and Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) -- do exactly that, and they joined resources with others for Earth Day.
LATE ADDITION: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Earth, Climate & Corruption
from TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL, the global coalition against corruption.
(This is a LONG INSERT with interactive illustrations)
News from Transparency International
News on Voices for Transparency
LATE ADDITION: Saturday, April 25, 2020
From Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Now, back to the ORIGINAL
introduction and content
published on Earth Day,
April 22, 2020
Today is EARTH DAY, and that's a very big deal!
"A new Earth Day menu," April 22nd Washington Post editorial cartoon.
In the wildest dreams of everyone who cares about the planet, today is that glimpse we always wanted -- oil has a negative value, Los Angeles has the cleanest air of any major city in the world, and ALL the world's cities have cleaner air than anytime since pollution monitoring started! The lagoon in Venice, Italy has clean water and sea life can be see from windows and balconies for the first time in living memory.
Today being the 50th anniversary of the only day each year when sustaining our fragile blue sphere -- the orb that sustains us -- gets center-stage, we're going with a special edition.
You'll find this filled with things YOU CAN DO, ways to make a difference, and inspiring voices and insightful (and "inciteful") perspectives that are vital, essential, and absolutely needed if we are to hang onto any of the things we are inadvertently gaining while the smog-belching cars are off the streets.
Everywhere possible, we have invited spokespersons to deliver their messages in their own words.
ANY MONEY you donate to any environmental organization through the links found in the Guide? It all goes to them. We do not get "a piece of the action," nor do we know about anything you do when you click their link(s).
We were NOT able to represent every worthy organization or urgent need. We have done the best we can.
Enjoy, and if you find something here you didn't know, we hope you make use of it while your homebound energy needs an outlet.
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Image of the only world where any of us have ever lived. Courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA). They have a message for all of us:
"Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. For Earth-observing satellites, every day is Earth Day. While news of COVID-19 dominates headlines and many of us practice social distancing, there still remains the need for action on climate change – and satellites are vital in providing the key facts on this global issue."
3 days of "Earth Day Live" includes online music performances
350.org among consortium of environmental organizations bringing cyber festival aspects to a multiday celebration of activism
Climate Reality Project: another portal for the 3 days of "EARTH DAY LIVE"
Taking action by combining organizations
3 days, interactive online, with champions of Utah's wild lands
Get it right now, or you're looking at our future...
It's not as if we were very far away now, with the hegemony of corporate Big Media carrying water for the parent corporations' other profitmaking divisions, affiliates, and holdings.
A key state's Attorney General fights in court for the planet
"Well before the first Earth Day in 1970, my parents would say: “Apaga Turn off the light when you leave the room.” I never stopped listening to them — doing my part to not just lower our energy bill, but to protect our environment."
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed over 40 environmental lawsuits against the Trump administration, securing dozens of wins to protect the air we breathe and water we drink. He continues to prioritize the health of families and communities during this pandemic. He’s taking aggressive action to stop disgraceful price gougers, defend access to healthcare, protect immigrants, urge the Trump administration to do more to keep our families safe, and defend our housing, data, worker and reproductive rights during this public health emergency. Here is his Earth Day message.
From Sunrise Movement
Fifty years ago, twenty million Americans poured into the streets for the first Earth Day with a radical statement: we only have one planet and we can’t render it uninhabitable. Fifty years ago was the time for incremental action on climate change. We have not taken the necessary actions since. Now, fifty years later, with time running out, the only option we have left is drastic action.
Help send 50,000 messages to Congress
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And as the world grapples with a global health crisis, it’s giving new meaning to the old adage “We’re all in this together.”
While life has changed almost unimaginably over the past few months, The Trust for Public Land’s mission hasn’t. We’re still working hard every day to ensure everyone in America has a great place to get outside close to home, and that our shared public lands are protected from threats and accessible to all to explore.
Watch the video.
With parks closed during the pandemic, people are finding it harder to get outside. But for thousands of neighborhoods across America, it was never easy.
Before this public health crisis, one in three Americans—100 million people, including 28 million kids—did not have a park close to home.
Our commitment to you is that we won’t stop working to bring green spaces to where they’re needed most—because everyone deserves a park.
You can help. Join us.
The Trust for Public Land
Late addition, from the Washington Post...
Don’t let those animal comeback photos fool you. Nature is still under siege.
Fire burns near Bumbalong, Australia on Feb. 1. (Rick Rycroft/AP)
Rainforest Action Network
National Park Foundation
Earth Day is a global holiday to celebrate the natural world and all that it provides. There’s no better time to learn about the planet or take an active role in the stewardship of the natural environment and special wilderness areas all around us.
Friends are where you find them...
Battleship Iowa Museum
Though temporarily closed, through the duration of the pandemic, they send Earth Day greetings and want you to know, "...we're hard at work with virtual programming, community outreach, and maintaining your ship with a tiny crew!"
|A US Navy hospital ship enters Los Angeles harbor to assist in the Coronavirus pandemic. |
Assisted by tugboats, she moves past the Battleship Iowa museum.
Help stop public bailouts of Big Oil
Hurtling into the abyss of deregulation
One very simple question today:
In the midst of a global health emergency unlike anything humanity has faced for at least a century, is now the time to do more to protect people, or less?
Foolishly — and just as predictably — mutterings are emerging from the White House of plans to suspend or even repeal a broad swath of federal safeguards.
On the chopping block are essential health and safety laws, consumer protections, workplace regulations, civil rights laws, environmental policies and more.
Trump — and the assorted grifters, charlatans and corporate fat cats that make up his administration — like to pretend that they are hurling into the abyss of deregulation for the sake of the economy.
This is nothing but a flagrant attempt to exploit a crisis to get something Big Business and its political puppets have always wanted: zero restraints on their myopic quest for profits.
And they are more than willing to sacrifice the well-being of everyday Americans, our public health and the planet we live on to satisfy their greed.
Ironically, Monday marked 10 years since the day oil giant BP ripped a hole in the ocean floor, ultimately “spilling” 210,000,000 gallons of raw petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico during its Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
That’s what inadequate regulation and enforcement gets us.
Public Citizen is intently monitoring Trump’s deregulatory maneuvers.
And we will not hesitate to sue the administration if it fails to follow appropriate processes or exceeds its authority.
Stay tuned, and stay safe.
- Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen
P.S. This message is part of our ongoing outreach to help you stay informed and involved as our nation and the world grapple with the coronavirus emergency. Public Citizen — like many nonprofits and other small businesses — is feeling the financial strain as this crisis intensifies. If you can, please consider donating to support the critical work we’re doing together. Thank you.
World Wildlife Fund
Our work is focused around 6 ambitious goals with people at the center
Food and Water Watch
"This Earth Day, let's recommit to trusting the scientific community that works so hard to lead us down the right path."
~ US Congressman Joe Kennedy III, candidate for US Senator from Massachusetts.
US Senator from Maryland needs your signature to make EPA do its job
The essential Greta
Who could have predicted that a diminutive but determined Swedish teenager and her "Fridays for Future" youth movement would eclipse Al Gore, a former Vice President of the United States, as the world's most important voice to make rulers and peasants, moguls and workers, students and artists, scientists and poets alike, confront the existential crisis of Global Climate Change?
By simply listening to, and learning to understand the validity of, science, scientists, research and data, she does what global industrialists and the current resident of the White House refuse to do. Her passionate ability to communicate and confront, to speak truth to power, and to focus on a future worth having, continue to make her a hero of her generation and a voice of conscience that will not be dismissed or marginalized.
Reprinted from our special edition last December 11th, including excerpts from the Guide from Dec 6th and November 29th.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Greta Thunberg named "Person of the Year." Special edition, Dec 11 2019
"TIME Magazine Person of the Year"
Congratulations, GRETA! Together, WE DID IT! The Guide had previously named her OUR "Person of the Year" and encouraged our readers to vote in TIME's poll and to sign a petition. We did that because we fully believed she was deserving, though we admit we made a big deal about it because we really did not expect that TIME would come through. So congratulations to TIME magazine as well, for having the courage and character to defy powerful interests.
When the news arrived this morning, our editor said, "We stand a chance. It's been in doubt for a long time. But this proves that it is NOT a monolithic power structure. We stand a chance."
Greta is the youngest person ever named as TIME's choice for the one person who is making the biggest difference in the world. Before 2019, the previous individual to hold the record for the magazine's youngest Person of the Year was the first one in TIME’s history: 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh, selected as most influential man of 1927, following his first-ever solo flight across the Atlantic.
Here's the story in TIME magazine, with their video: https://time.com/person-of-the-year-2019-greta-thunberg/
Read reports ABOUT the TIME announcement at:
CNN (with video) -- https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/11/media/time-person-of-the-year-2019/index.html
CBS (with video) -- https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/time-person-of-the-year-2019-greta-thunberg-named-annual-person-of-year-today-2019-12-11/
MSN -- https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/why-time-chose-greta-thunberg-as-the-2019-person-of-the-year/ar-AAK12yz?li=BBnb7Kz
The essential Greta: "and a little child shall lead them."
Here at the Guide, we believe there is no question that TIME MAGAZINE'S "PERSON OF THE YEAR" must be GRETA THUNBERG.
Whether or not that publication can overcome corporate pressure, we aren't waiting to see. The Guide is hereby naming her OUR "Person of the Year."
Greta Thunberg's solitary school strikes for climate awareness, outside the Swedish Parliament every Friday, became the first domino. Her passion and determination overcame her own challenges -- autism and asperger's -- as she drew others to the compelling reality that caused her to take action. She is still unjustly being subjected to ridicule, even though her movement has recruited tens of millions. Greta continues to stand up for scientific truth and to live in accordance with her values, which, unlike those of her critics, are based on frequent dialog with many of the world's leading climate scientists. A diminutive young woman of just 16 years of age, she effectively uses her legal standing as a child to speak for children who want a future on an Earth that isn't drying-up and blowing away. In doing so, she has gained the endorsement of millions of school children and millions more of all ages.
At the moment, Greta has hitched a ride aboard a wind-powered vessel back across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe, to attend the latest major global climate conference. Following her powerful address to the United Nations in New York, she will speak at COP25, which was unexpectedly relocated to Madrid.
Greta is sailing aboard the boat "La Vagabonde" with an Australian family and an expert British skipper. This is not a favorable time of the year for a sailboat crossing of the North Atlantic, so we join in the fervent hope that they all arrive safely. The vessel should reach Lisbon, Portugal early in December.
Life on our planet is at the most critical crossroads since anyone considered a massive nuclear strike. Too many of our fellow humans are infatuated with transitory BS -- with pop culture and celebrities and expensive addiction to whatever is momentarily fashionable, and to buying into it before it goes out of vogue. Meanwhile the planet is hotter than it has ever been since human cultures arose, as evidenced by ancient, 40,000-year-old, ice layers that allow us to make such determinations.
Every major study, including the latest (huge) one released just days ago by the UN, tells us we are nearly past a tipping point of no return with the fatal imbalance of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. Yet, politicians in every nation are dependent upon the biggest economic interests for their re-election campaign cash, and industrialists notoriously finance climate change denial.
Will the Earth's cultures, civilizations, and populations awaken in time? Often little things are the best indicators, especially when they function as "tastemakers." One thing that will be very telling is the announcement of the TIME magazine "Person of the Year." It comes out next week, on Dec 11.
Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activism icon GRETA THUNBERG is one of the nominees, and we announced over a week ago, she is clearly our choice.
If TIME magazine picks Trump or some kingpin capitalist bastard, that will scream to us pretty much all we need to know about taste-making in America.
We must acknowledge that TIME's pick isn't always a humanitarian or champion of betterment. It can be far from it, going back to when they named Adolph Hitler as "Man of the Year" in the 1930s.
But the point in picking the person is supposed to be choosing someone who has had (or is having) the most enduring impact on the world.
Thus, we say that must be GRETA THUNBERG, because she is the first (and so far the only) one to mobilize millions of people -- people of every age, on every continent, including Antarctica -- to demand immediate and effective action to redirect and mobilize resources to address and reverse climate change.
And let's be absolutely clear, whether or not anyone accuses us of sensationalism:
Whatever sociopolitical or economic or cultural causes or issues anyone is passionate about? Unless we REVERSE climate change, everything else is simply re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
An "Inner Climate Change"-?
Most everything We present in this special 50th anniversary Earth Day edition is solidly based in science, and anything that does not conform to that is obvious parody.
This one feature is altogether different. During this uniquely shared stay-at-home time, many -- at least the thoughtful and creative -- are questioning the meaning, even the validity, of all we had been conditioned to accept as "normal."
That is empowering inner journeys for many we know. And suddenly finding the Earth clean and pristine has spiritual aspects that cannot be dismissed.
Thus, we bring you this from the "Findhorn Foundation":
The Guide has long been committed to bringing our readers news of the real SCIENCE behind things, and the environmental battles and ways to get involved in the fight. Here are examples from our Earth Day coverage in 2019.
2019's EARTH DAY feature stories included these...
☆ Earth Day - Earth Week Special Features...
We take an activism-oriented approach here. There are things YOU can do! Of course there are MANY more things to do than the ones we present here with links to follow and petitions to sign -- plus places to meet like-minded folks, over in our EVENTS listings.
MONDAY IS EARTH DAY. (Every day needs to be Earth Day, if we want planetary survival of the biodiversity necessary to assure OUR future!) See the history -- who started it -- in Monday's EVENTS.
Wednesday is the release of the "STATE OF THE AIR REPORT" from the American Lung Association. Any bets Big Media covers it?
GREEN TIPS FOR EARTH DAY
Okay, so it's a link, not a feature story. Unless you click the link. There, you'll find all kinds of practical tips for saving energy and avoiding making as a big a toxic trail as most people do.
|The Monarch Butterfly population has suddenly surged by 144%. But years of decline mean they're still in trouble.|
On Saturday, April 20, "National Park Week 2019" kicks off with a fee-free day. ALL national parks will waive their entrance fees on that one day, so GO, already!
This year, April 20 through 28, national parks across the country celebrate "National Park Week 2019" with a variety of special events.
The celebrations and information exchanges with the national park community (everyone from visitors to rangers) are ongoing in the Twitter chat at #FindYourPark
There's an even BETTER way to make a plan where to visit and participate this summer, or this coming week. Just get your
FREE "NATIONAL PARK OWNER'S GUIDES."
These 11 FREE DOWNLOADS (plus waay MORE clickable resources) are filled with travel tips and information on what not to miss. There are separate guides for everything from hiking to going green and riding the train to get to the park you want to visit.
You can download:
¤ National Park Owner's Guide (detailed maps, travel tips, inside info on all 400+ Nat'l Parks)
¤ Road Trippin' (15 different long getaway weekend ideas)
¤ Recharge in the Parks (tips on how to start replenishing and refreshing your mind, body, and spirit in a nat'l park)
¤ Urban Playgrounds (a list of parks within or close to 24 major U.S. metropolitan areas)
¤ I Heart Parks (favorite parks for romantic adventures)
¤ Gimme Shelter (remote island inns to secluded campsites)
¤ Happy Trails (25 unforgettable hikes w/ age-ability notes & general hiking tips)
¤ Parks for Play (showcases 35 national parks experiencex specifically for kids and families)
¤ The Places Nobody Knows ( hidden gems of the nat'l parks)
¤ National Parks by Rail (travel tips, maps, and more; and since Amtrak's new airline-shill boss won't print train timetables any more, this is really valuable!)
¤ Winter Wonderlands (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, stargazing, sledding, in 15 nat'l parks)
Plus bunches of topics in "TRAVEL IDEAS FROM THE BLOG."
You only need one link for this one-stop resource to discover your national parks with all those FREE guide downloads, courtesy of the non-profit "National Park Foundation." Get 'em at:
CLIMATE CHANGE -- A QUICK WAY TO TAKE ACTION
|Sadly, the Democratic Party Establishment|
pays lip service, but won't get serious.
They have absolutely no plan or intention of doing that, even though the Dem presidential candidates WANT it. So, once again, It's up to "we, the people" to force the Political Establishment to act.
The Guide's editor has sent letters to the leaders of the Democratic Party about their failure to support a meaningful "Green New Deal." We have called them out for their repeated failures to support the pro-environment, pro-species-survival efforts of individual office holders from their own party. Our message?
"You may be sincere in your advocacy for a plethora of actions across a spectrum of issues. But unless you take immediate and effective action to reverse climate change, everything else you do is re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic."
You can sign the new petition calling on the DNC to hold a 2020 presidential primary debate FOCUSED ON CLIMATE CHANGE. We have signed and support it. Will you join us?
(The petition sponsor, CREDO Action, is a global peace and environment organization with a good track record of effective political action.)
L.A.'s BEST HIKING TRAILS
The folks at "Do L.A." just published their choices for favorite trails, noting that wildflower blooms, Earth Day, and Earth Month, combine to make it the best time to explore the great outdoors. Since we've always headed for the high country of the Sierra or the high San Gabriels, we enjoyed seeing that their list has lots of places much closer to urban centers, including places we've yet to go.
We'll add that you need to watch for snakes, and if you're camping overnight, you need a bear barrel for your food and anything that smells sweet, like toothpaste, deodorant, and lip balm.
Here's their trail picks:
by Chelsea Matthews
"Fact is, way more chocolate and candy is sold for Easter than for Halloween! And that means more rainforest and habitat is destroyed to make ‘em."
When I was a kid, my parents didn’t have to worry about palm oil from rainforest destruction.
We dyed eggs the night before Easter and woke up the next morning to baskets filled with fake grass, jelly beans, and the real prize, what my folks called “a little something” — some silly putty, superballs or crayons.
Wait, what? Why are you telling us this? Why am I scared? WHY AM I TALKING TO MYSELF? You’re gonna make me say it? Sigh. I just want to think of happy bunnies and pretty Easter eggs…
Candymakers Nestlé, Mars, Mondelēz and Hershey’s made a commitment to end rainforest destruction, but they aren’t doing a good job of monitoring deforestation to keep Conflict Palm Oil out of their treats.
And they must.
For years, RAN [Rainforest Action Network] and our partners have been monitoring candymakers’ supply chains in Indonesia’s endangered Leuser Ecosystem — a region so critical that we’ve been monitoring the implementation of palm oil commitments and using satellite imagery to track where forests are burned or bulldozed. But that should NOT be our job — it’s up to these international corporations, making billions in profits, to track where rainforest destruction is taking place so they can stop it and keep it out of our treats.
Fact is, way more chocolate and candy is sold for Easter than for Halloween! And that means more rainforest and habitat is destroyed to make ‘em.
Once again now: candymakers make billions and billions of dollars in profits. It’s their responsibility to know what’s happening to forests and to STOP the destruction for Conflict Palm Oil!
Chelsea Matthews, who signs, "In solidarity with rainforest-loving peeps everywhere," is a Forest Campaigner at Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco.
She invites you take action, and "Call out the Candymakers," at:
The Guide's editor adds:
Rain forest destruction is a key driver of climate change. Politicians and corporatists talk of taking bold action on a spectrum of problems, but... The fact is, unless climate change is REVERSED, anything else we do is re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
by Kate Melges, Greenpeace
Yesterday, I was outside Nestlé’s United States corporate headquarters with... a giant plastic monster! (See photo.)
|Plastic monster, made entirely of trash floating in the ocean.|
We need to strike while the iron is hot. Will you help us tell Nestlé how dire the plastic pollution crisis truly is? Call Nestlé right this moment at 1-888-918-6672 and tell them they must phase out their reliance on single-use plastic packaging, and move to refillable and reusable options.
I cannot bear to see another headline about communities overrun by the global waste trade – or another dead whale with a gut full of plastic. So my friends and I called out Nestlé at its office with a giant monster made with discarded Nestlé packaging. If you feel like I do, please join us by calling out Nestlé over the phones.
Calling is easy, takes less than two minutes, and is one of the best ways to make sure Nestlé is listening. Just follow these simple steps:
Dial 1-888-918-6672. Listen to a short message from Greenpeace. We’ll then patch you through to Nestlé’s customer service line.When you’re connected, be polite and say what you think about Nestlé’s plastic packaging. Here is a suggested script:
"Hi, my name is __________ and I’m calling from (your CITY & STATE). I’m very concerned by the massive amount of single-use plastic pollution and Nestlé is one of the largest global corporations that relies heavily on such packaging. I would like Nestlé to be an industry leader and phase out single-use plastic, while innovating bold, new solutions like refillable and reusable packaging. Thank you!"
You can also send a message demanding an end to single-use plastic on Nestle's Facebook.
Not on Facebook? No problem, you can send a message on Instagram or Twitter.
Nestlé needs to hear from you right now. You’ve already joined millions signing petitions demanding an end to its single-use plastic and spreading the word on social media. They know they’ve created a problem, but they don’t want to be the ones to solve it. The solution, however, is in their hands, and the time is now. Nestlé must make the switch to systems of reuse.
For a plastic free future,
Senior Plastics Campaigner, Greenpeace USA
Editor's note: of course, it's not just one company.
EVERY MINUTE (of every hour, every day), a monster-sized load of plastic — the equivalent of a truckload — enters the ocean.
For a global map of plastic in the oceans, see the next feature.
ARTISTS: YOUR INNOVATIVE IDEAS ARE NEEDED FOR "SPACE FOR THE OCEANS"
ESA -- the European Space Agency -- wants your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems.
Really and truly, they do.
Pause a second and think: who, among our blue planet's infestation of human presence, is more passionately creative than our artists?
See why they're asking You?
History provides plenty of examples of artists with bold ideas that revolutionize everything, and collaborations (intentional or not) that allow designers, engineers, and scientists to use ideas that were hatched in the minds of artists. Quick example: comedian Steve Allen developed the design concept for the first artificial heart.
Astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson has said, "Science without art doesn't mean anything, and therefore cannot sustain the motivation to go on. The artist who cares about science is essential to everything."
Through the "Open Space Innovation Platform," a new challenge-based website, ESA is hunting-out bright ideas in two areas. You may be the creative innovator with the key idea to:
(1) monitor the flood of plastic waste polluting the oceans, or
(2) to improve the self-steering abilities of ships.
Detecting and monitoring plastic marine litter
With about ten million metric tonnes of plastic entering the ocean each year. Wildlife and ecosystems are suffering. And the economic impact on coastal communities, tourism and fisheries, is huge.
Monitoring this plastic is incredibly difficult from Earth’s surface, as it’s impossible to see a lot of the ocean at once.
Space represents a more promising vantage point; but satellites cannot detect plastic marine litter - at least, not yet.
|Plastic litter in global oceans. Click to enlarge.|
Solutions to plastic litter could include measuring plastic concentrations, identifying how the litter is transported around the world, and identifying sources and sinks of plastic marine litter. ESA welcomes innovative ideas that support the detection and monitoring of different types of plastic, both for the oceans and freshwater systems.
Enabling harbor-to-harbor autonomous shipping
ESA is also seeking ideas that would contribute to enabling the increased adoption of autonomous shipping. This could significantly lower shipping costs, increase safety, solve anticipated crew shortages, and improve working conditions.
Leading the search for ideas, ESA’s David Jimenez expands, “Autonomous shipping relies on accurate and continuously-available navigation support, as well as up-to-date information from Earth observation satellites. However, existing satellite navigation systems alone are not enough, especially for ships coming into highly-trafficked ports where precision is essential, as well as those in the Arctic.”
|Autonomous shipping supported from space.|
A variety of options exist for improving current techniques, including combining satellite data with terrestrial data to ensure worldwide coverage, and developing new satellite networks that can provide more accurate and guaranteed positioning. Furthermore autonomous shipping could be revolutionised with new systems designed specifically to monitor harbours, and through combining different systems using artificial intelligence.
“Ships are becoming increasingly independent, but so far complete autonomy has not been attainable,” continues David. “Achieving this aim would lead to more efficient and competitive shipping, whilst reducing the industry’s environmental impact.”
|Image: How to use ideas.esa.int. Click to enlarge.|
The Discovery & Preparation Program
OSIP -- the Open Space Innovation Platform -- is run through ESA's Discovery & Preparation program, which forms part of ESA’s Basic Activities. Working with and across all ESA programs, Discovery & Preparation lays the groundwork for ESA’s short- to medium-term future activities.
“Via OSIP, we are addressing the most relevant challenges in space, and enabling parnters to work with ESA on activities that seek the best solutions,” concludes Ian Carnelli, Manager of ESA’s Discovery & Preparation activities.
Carnelli continues, “These activities could include studies, early technology developments and research co-sponsorships addressing novel and innovative subjects. So share your ideas with us through OSIP and help shape the future of space research.”
Really, check it out. We know an artist who, as an 11-year-old, invented the Auto Train concept years before the business world thought it up and built it. He was doing it with his American Flyer.
And we know an artist who drew pictures as a kid of balloon-launched and aircraft-launched space vehicles, decades before the aerospace industry envisioned and built them. (They work to save fuel because launch vehicle weight is reduced if you can get started for space from a high altitude where the air is very thin.)
Leonardo DaVinci is remembered by history as a great innovator and inventor. In his time, he was regarded as an artist -- a great artist, but an artist -- not an inventor, and few of his inventions were built until hundreds of years after he was dead.
Do you want to be a DaVinci after you're gone, or now? Your ideas may change the world. Get started. What are you waiting for?
All the links are at:
This incredible image of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula was taken to mark the Hubble Space Telescope’s 29th anniversary in space.
Each year the telescope dedicates a small portion of its precious observing time to take a special anniversary image, focused on capturing particularly beautiful and meaningful objects.
Launched April 24, 1990 from the space shuttle Discovery, the orbiting reflecting telescope was initially useless because of a minor, but crucial, flaw in its huge mirror. Another space shuttle mission had to do something that was never thought possible: partial disassembly of the telescope by spacewalking astronauts. They placed an array of tiny corrective mirrors inside Hubble that functioned like a person being fitted with vision-correcting glasses. And additional shuttle missions performed challenging and unprecedented tasks to extend its capabilities, as well.
Hubble has since revolutionized how astronomers and the general public see the Universe. The images Hubble provides are spectacular from both a scientific and a purely aesthetic point of view.
This new image adds a lot of science and changes our understanding of the nebula, even as it demonstrates the telescope’s continued capabilities.
This peculiar nebula is one of the many objects that Hubble has demystified throughout its productive life. This, the Southern Crab Nebula, is so named to distinguish it from the better-known Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant visible in the constellation of Taurus.
The image reveals active, dynamic processes. It shows nested, hourglass-shaped, structures created by the interaction between a pair of stars -- a binary star system -- at its center.
The pair of stars is unequal and constantly changing. They are a red giant and a white dwarf. The red giant is shedding its outer layers in the last phase of its life before it, too, lives out its final years as a white dwarf.
Some of the red giant's ejected material is attracted by the gravity of its companion. When enough of this cast-off material is pulled onto the white dwarf, it also ejects the material outwards in an eruption, creating the structures we see in the nebula. Eventually, the red giant will finish throwing-off its outer layers and stop feeding its white dwarf companion. Prior to this, there may also be more eruptions, creating even more intricate structures.
But... Astronomers did not always know this. The object was first written about in 1967, but was assumed to be an ordinary star. That was until 1989, when it was observed using telescopes at the European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory. An image taken then showed a roughly crab-shaped extended nebula, formed by symmetrical bubbles of gas and dust.
These observations only showed the outer hourglass emanating from a bright central region that could not be clearly resolved.
It was not until Hubble observed the Southern Crab in 1999 that the entire structure came into view. That image revealed the inner nested structures, suggesting that the phenomenon that created the outer bubbles had occurred twice in the (astronomically) recent past.
It is fitting that Hubble has returned to this object twenty years after its first observation. This new image adds to the story of an active and evolving object and contributes to the story of Hubble's role in our evolving understanding of the Universe.
We noted that several space shuttle missions were tasked to perform rebuilds and maintenance that have kept Hubble functioning far beyond its designed lifetime. Sadly, with no similar manned space capabilities since abandonment of the shuttle program, Hubble's days are numbered, since no further maintenance can be performed.
Want more? Check out THIS:
INTERACTIVE 3D MODEL OF THE HUBBLE SPACECRAFT:
(Our thanks to Bethany Downer, ESA/Hubble Public Information Officer in Garching, Germany, for much of the information used here.)
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html