September 3, 2009

An Inconvenient Truth



Earth nears warmest in million years…This means El Nino may become more violent, scientists write in a paper…headline for a Reuters news service article Sept. 26, 2006

United Nations climate talks involving 189 nations start this week in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to negotiate a successor to the U. N.’s Protocal beyond 2012…”a British government-backed report published Monday (10-30) painted an apocalyptic picture about failure to act on global warming…”said Ashok Sinha (director of Stop Climate Chaos) “We are getting people to look at the total carbon emission of their lives and to start making adjustments, because every single bit helps. We are talking about personal actions but it is also building up pressure on governments to take action to stop the destruction of the planet.”…Reuters news service article

From a State University of New York at Buffalo newsletter: Gore’s environmental record is unparalleled. His pioneering efforts to protect the earth’s ozone layer and to clean up toxic-waste dumps were outlined in his best-selling book “Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit,” which, recently made into a motion picture entitled “An Inconvenient Truth,” has received rave reviews.

     We may have been in Maine but the issue confronting us wasn’t just local or even statewide. The issue involves all New England, the nation and the continent. It is a (more…)


July 26, 2009

Kudzu in Pennsylvania? OH, NO!



 State gears up to battle kudzu, the Ligonier (PA) Echo headline warned.    

     KUDZU? Here? In Pennsylvania?

     I’d previously posted a warning story about kudzu on this site (to read KUDZU BLACKOUTS click on A KUDZU COVERED VEHICLE GRAVEYARD  or visit and click on the HUMOR category and scroll down).

     It makes sense to warn persons to be wary of Pueriaria Lobata (its scientific name) in southeastern United States, where the Leguminosae (member of the pea family, biologically speaking) grows so prolifically it’s a.k.a. is (more…)

February 16, 2008


If I read my notation correctly, the item about global warming caught my attention on November 12, 2001. It read: Sea level has risen 12-20 inches along Maine’s coast…during the past 250 years, a researcher said. It’s the biggest rise in the past millennium and global warming is to blame, Roland Gehrels of the University of Plymouth in England said.  This little ditty was published in the Across the USA column in the USA Today.

Although I normally try to evaluate the different arguments surrounding the issue of  “global warming,” that wasn’t what caught my attention as I read this item.

I’m writing a historic romance novel set on Frenchman Bay, Maine. Through my readings on global warming I was aware of, but had no concrete data on, increasing sea levels. Even so, I’d wondered what effect the increase would have on my novel, which has numerous scenes on Lamoine Beach, (to read the rest of this story, click on (link to come…)

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