How will we respond to our warming planet?

A field of wind turbines.
A field of wind turbines.
Photo by Suwit_Luangpipatsorn from Pixabay

The evidence for global warming is indisputable. Our planet is warming, and it is warming faster than most recent predictions have suggested. The consequences are already visible: the worst West Coast wildfires in history and a record hurricane season currently underway.

Scientific evidence indicates that the addition of greenhouse gases to our atmosphere as a result of human activity is the primary cause of climate change. Because the consequences take place over a significant length of time, it is easy to “kick the can down the road.” …


A new documentary film offers hope for our climate and for all life on Earth.

With so much gloom and doom in news reports about global warming, it is refreshing to see and hear about a possible future that begins now, using today’s technology to change how we use energy and land to support a sustainable population and planet. All that is required is the willingness to make changes in our daily actions and our way of thinking.

The film offers an excellent summary of the major issues facing our planet. Using a brilliant approach to understanding these problems: asking todays children what they think about their future. It is their future: their hopes and…


A review of “Climate Courage” by Andreas Karelas.

windmill in a beautiful landscape
windmill in a beautiful landscape
Image by Lukas Bieri from Pixabay

A new book by author Andreas Karelas offers a unique perspective on our current climate crisis. It suggests several ways to address the changing climate in our discussions, writings, and media posts. The science is undeniable, but we must not focus on the “gloom and doom,” instead, we need to choose our words carefully to encourage engagement instead of provoking a visceral, negative reaction. By taking a more friendly and encouraging approach, we will be more successful in engaging others in the necessary actions to mitigate climate change and global warming.

As the author says:

Ultimately climate change…will be solved…


Slowing down during this time of staying at home.

Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin pie
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

During this time of isolation, which has caused the disruption of our everyday lives, it seems that I am eating too quickly. Fast food seems to be a global phenomenon, likely due to the increasingly rapid pace of life brought about by technology and the hyperactive broadcast media. Contributing to this is that computers work at the speed of light, making us feel we need to keep up, which is impossible.

One of the consequences of my eating habits is my growing girth. Not only has the stay-at-home order disrupted my regular daily routine, but it has also significantly changed…


The geologic timescale represents the history of our Earth over long periods of time.

An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.
An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs.
Image by _freakwave_ from Pixabay

Everyone knows about the dinosaurs and the story of how an asteroid impact wiped them out. Everyone casually mentions that this occurred about 66 million years ago. However, do we have a good sense of how long ago the dinosaurs lived and died? Or, for that matter, how much longer life has existed on our planet?

Let’s try a thought experiment that should offer insight into just how long ago this occurred. Let’s imagine a one centimeter (cm) line represents one hundred years. …

Danny Pilkenton

Semi-retired app developer; writing about climate change, sustainable living, coding, technology; social: @dannypilkenton; www.danpilkenton.com

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