State of the City: Mayor Ed Murray

CityofSeattleMayor Murray Delivered the State of the City address to Satellites today with optimism and caution. The Seattle Times article, shares Murray’s comments that while the tech and economic growth of Seattle, “‘reflects the 21st-century dreams of the 1962 World’s Fair: a vibrant city driven by technology and science creating jobs and innovation in everything from transportation to health care,’” it at the same time is weary of a growing population of homelessness which according to the One Night Count found an increase of 19% from last year which is very startling for what the future of Seattle could look like. Murray warns of the, “[fear] from the Great Depression as issues of homelessness and inequity continue despite decades of effort on the part of this city to resolve them.”

 

The Atlantic Bill Gates Interview “We need an energy miracle”

 

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It’s rare or near-impossible to find a story or interview without motives beyond sharing news and information. The Atlantic’s Bill Gates interview is no exception to that. Gates shares his opinions about climate change, environmentalists and the future of energy when he is largely invested in companies such as Shell, BP, etc. Despite this, the perspective this article shares is intriguing and sheds light on some interesting opinions on innovation in the energy market, and how government and private companies can get involved.

“People can always say, “Well, my country is such a small part of it—why should I make the sacrifice? Because I don’t know for sure that the other countries are going to do their part of it.” We don’t have a world government. Fortunately, we don’t have that many world problems—most problems can be solved locally—but this one is a world problem. Carbon is not a local pollutant. It mixes in the global atmosphere in a matter of days. So it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a coal plant in China or a coal plant in the U.S.—the heating effect for the entire globe is the same.”

Ten Clear Indicators that Climate is Changing

Today, some politicians and influential leaders have the public confused about the facts about climate change. Climate Reality has helped by putting together 10 graphs that outline some of the most basic climate trends for the naysayers. If data is your friend, these graphs will be beneficial to you!
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California Burning

downloadThe photos that the Washington Post put together for this article are terrifying but worth a view.

Ken Pimlott, the chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire has shared that “this is a real marathon, not a sprint. Nothing is going to change until we get significant precipitation, and I don’t mean individual storms, we need sustained rainfall over time,”

Day of Action for the Dutch

Emily Delete2Last month, a court in the Netherlands ordered the Dutch government to do more to fight climate change.

“The court adopted the growing consensus that drastic reductions in CO2 emissions are necessary to prevent a temperature rise of more than 2°C—starting with a reduction between 25% and 40% by 2020″

Source: Science Magazine

Look Up for Halley’s Comet Shower this Weekend

Look Up for Halley’s Comet Shower this Weekend

CHECK IT OUT!

“Halley’s Comet won’t swing by Earth for another 48 years, but you won’t have to wait that long to watch bits of the iconic comet zip across our skies. That’s because this weekend Earth smashes into a stream of material, known as the Eta Aquarid meteors, shed from the speedy iceberg in years past.”

IBM Made A Microscopic Movie With Individual Atoms

“Okay, so they made a stop motion movie. People do that on YouTube all the time. But what makes this a big deal is that the film was animated by precisely manipulating individual atoms themselves.”

It’s incredible what people can do!

Read more @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/05/01/ibm-made-a-microscopic-movie-and-star-trek-pictures-with-individual-atoms/?utm_campaign=techtwittersf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

The Martian Chroniclers

The Martian Chroniclers

One of the most interesting articles I have read about Mars (and I have read many)!

“There once were two planets, new to the galaxy and inexperienced in life. Like fraternal twins, they were born at the same time, about four and a half billion years ago, and took roughly the same shape. Both were blistered with volcanoes and etched with watercourses; both circled the same yellow dwarf star—close enough to be warmed by it, but not so close as to be blasted to a cinder. Had an alien astronomer swivelled his telescope toward them in those days, he might have found them equally promising—nurseries in the making. They were large enough to hold their gases close, swaddling themselves in atmosphere; small enough to stay solid, never swelling into gaseous giants. They were “Goldilocks planets,” our own astronomers would say: just right for life…”

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