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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Via BBC News "Ozone has 'strong climate effect'"

Our friends across the pond seem to be far less skeptical about climate change than those of us here in the USA. That is why it doesn't surprise me to see this report from the BBC.
Ozone could be a much more important driver of climate change than scientists had previously predicted, according to a study in Nature journal.

The authors say the effects of this greenhouse gas - known by the formula O3 - have been largely overlooked.

Ozone near the ground damages plants, reducing their ability to mop up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

As you may or may not know, one of the major sources of ground level ozone is tailpipe emissions from cars. Another reason to encourage public transportation, walkable communities, and a safer environment for bicycling. Look for a future forum event on the subject of using the bicycle for daily transportation needs, including getting the groceries and hauling the kids around! Click on the title above for a link to the whole article.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Encouraging article in the Deseret News

"Utahns back alternative fuels
Polled residents want to fight global warming"

A very encouraging article appeared recently in the Deseret Morning News. I strongly encourage you to read it. At left is a graphic that summerizes some of the findings of an important recent poll.

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on the graphic to ENLARGE it. And click HERE to read the rest of this informative article.

A Deseret Morning News Article about UVSF

Sierra Club forum is blossoming in valley
By Amy Choate-Nielsen
Deseret Morning News

OREM — After 10 years of dissolution, the Sierra Club is slowly being resurrected in Utah County by a group of environmental enthusiasts.
It's been about six months since the environmentally conscious group re-activated the Utah Valley Sierra Forum, but already the organization is growing in number and purpose. The county is seen as one of the most conservative in the state, but Mapleton resident Bepe Kafka, a leader in the county group, which counts some 200 people among its ranks, says the group's monthly discussions have been piquing the interest of people from all kinds of backgrounds.

"I think we're on the cusp of a wave because everybody's starting to be worried about global warming," Kafka said. "People from all over come to our meetings, from Lehi on down. ... Our membership has the full spectrum of people."

Please read the rest of the article by clicking HERE.