Ken Burns 2016 Election Thoughts on Trump

Ken Burns gave the commencement address at Stanford’s 2016 graduation. Here is the portion of the talk where Burns talks about the 2016 election, specifically the lack of qualifications and dangers of Donald Trump.

 

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Looking at Texas Flood with LandSat

Houston, Texas area has seen major rainfall and flooding.  This gif animation shows LandSat images of the Brazos River on May 4, 2013 and May 28, 2016 after the recent Texas storms.  (NASA link)

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Brazos River: normal and May 28, 2016 flood

Lake Powell Full & Now

The Colorado Basin has been suffering a drought for 15 years. Here’s a look at how the drought has caused water levels in Lake Powell to drop to today’s low levels.

Western Drought + Climate Change = Western US Water Crisis

Donald Trump has brought the Western US drought to the 2016 presidential election with his 5/27 statement to Californians that he will  is “.. open up ..” water to drought stricken California (video).

Water management in the Western US is incredibly challenging, not as easily fixed as Trump claims.  The combination of increasing water demand and shrinking water supply brought about by  climate change has put us to the limits of water resources in the West.

This Blue Legacy International video does a good job showing the challenges we face trying to provide water for our urban center and agricultural needs in a water short part of our country.

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We are facing incredibly challenging climate change problems. We need serious, thoughtful evaluations of our options, not just one liners from our presidential candidates.

District 8 Illegal Dumps: 3/15/16 Report

I have written about District 8’s litter and illegal dumping previously( link, link, link). I took a quick survey of the illegal dump sites that I reported about in my previous posts.

Here is a slideshow of the 5 District 8 illegal dump sites I checked today.

Philadelphia has a serious illegal dumping problem which will not be solved by quick fixes, City Council and the Mayor must address this with Police action as well as serious fines/ vehicle confiscation.

Trash and Microplastics in the Delaware Estuary

The DRBC’s Monitoring Advisory Coordinating Committee (MACC) and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary held their annual joint meeting on Tuesday, March 8.

I presented this slide show at the meeting to encourage DRBC and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to begin to address plastic trash as a serious water quality challenge for the Delaware Estuary.

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The presentation pdf is here 

Satellite or Surface Temperature – Which is More Accurate?

Excellent video by Yale Climate Connections helps answer this question.