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Electric Cars: Tesla in Norfolk

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A Tesla is a beautiful car (piece of machinery) made by a true engineer at heart. So, when you see a Tesla it is pretty hard to miss. And when you see a Tesla electric charging station it is even harder to miss. They are definitely unique structures that stand out. We have one right in Norfolk at the Janaf Shopping Center not far from the Walmart. Norfolk, VA, USA may have its climate change challenges, but it is also a dynamic and progressive city with several positive climate change initiatives that we will be talking about. We are super excited to be living in the city that we believe is a jewel among many jewels in the state of Virginia.

We are still driving vehicles that are not electric. But, we have been doing out homework. It is reported that most electric cars costs comparably more in the beginning. But, over time we hear that the savings in maintenance and to power (electric vs. gas) yields a savings that adds up over time. Additionally, FuelEconomy.gov reports that there are also possible tax breaks for having a electric vehicle. We will continue doing our research and hope that our next vehicle can be electric. As the technology grows there continues to be more options for consumers new and used.

Do you own an electric vehicle? How long have you had it? Do you plan on buying an electric vehicles? What other benefits have you identified? What adjustments did you have to make when you purchased your first electric vehicle?

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina – the Signs of Global Warming

Hurricane Katrina – Extreme Weather and Climate Change
Source: NBC, USA Today
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Do you know of anyone impacted by Hurricane Katrina? Do you know of anyone who relocated because of Hurricane Katrina? What does extreme weather look like where you live? Did you know that extreme weather is a sign of global warming?

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New Orleans still ‘a work in progress’ 14 years after Hurricane Katrina

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Posted Aug 29, 2019
Source: Penn Live, Patriot News
Deb Kiner | dkiner@pennlive.com

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in the early morning hours of Aug. 29, 2005.

Katrina, a category 3 storm when it landed in Louisiana, was 400 miles wide and had winds of 100 mph to 140 mph.

The damage was extensive – 85 percent of New Orleans, La., was under water after the levee system failed.

The day before the storm arrived, the mayor of New Orleans had issued the city’s first-ever mandatory evacuation order. The Superdome was designated as a “shelter of last resort.” More than 10,000 people sought shelter there.

Still, tens of thousands of people chose to remain in their homes.

According to history.com, it had already been raining heavily in New Orleans before the hurricane hit.

Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed and more than 1,800 people died.

Katrina also did substantial damage in Mississippi and Alabama.

The damage estimate from the storm topped $100 billion. According to FEMA, Katrina was “the costliest hurricane in U.S. history.”

The Coast Guard rescued around 34,000 people in New Orleans. Private citizens also used boats to help in rescues and offered food and shelter to people who were displaced.

The federal government, however, seemed unprepared for the storm. From history.com, “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) took days to establish operations in New Orleans, and even then did not seem to have a sound plan of action.

Officials, even including President George W. Bush, seemed unaware of just how bad things were in New Orleans and elsewhere: how many people were stranded or missing; how many homes and businesses had been damaged; how much food, water and aid was needed. Katrina had left in her wake what one reporter called a ‘total disaster zone’ where people were ‘getting absolutely desperate.’

For one thing, many had nowhere to go. At the Superdome in New Orleans, where supplies had been limited to begin with, officials accepted 15,000 more refugees from the storm on Monday before locking the doors. City leaders had no real plan for anyone else. Tens of thousands of people desperate for food, water and shelter broke into the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center complex, but they found nothing there but chaos.

Meanwhile, it was nearly impossible to leave New Orleans: Poor people especially, without cars or anyplace else to go, were stuck. For instance, some people tried to walk over the Crescent City Connection bridge to the nearby suburb of Gretna, but police officers with shotguns forced them to turn back.”

Hundreds of thousands of people who had been evacuated scattered around the United States to resettle and never returned.

“According to The Data Center, an independent research organization in New Orleans, the storm ultimately displaced more than 1 million people in the Gulf Coast region,” from history.comhttps://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Afterward, all levels of government – state, local and federal – were criticized for the now only slow response but also inadequate response.

The director of FEMA, Michael Brown, was forced to resign.

The New Orleans Police Department superintendent also resigned.

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco did not seek re-election and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted in 2014 of bribery, fraud and money laundering.

A U.S. Congress investigation spawned some reforms including “a requirement that all levels of government train to execute coordinated plans of disaster response.”

A Habitat for Humanity volunteer with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Nicolette Santos, reported this spring, “The rebuilding of New Orleans, 14 years after the hurricane’s landfall, is still a work in progress.”

What does extreme weather look like where you live? How long has this extreme weather been happening? What were the results of extreme weather in your area?

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California Wildfires and Climate Change

California Wild Fires and Climate Change
Source: The Guardian
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California has been experiencing drought as well as wildfires for some time. Indeed, several states and areas experience their own type of extreme weather unique to their geographical area. What area do you live in? What would you say are the extreme weather conditions unique to your area? How long have you lived in your areas? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Global Warming

Climate Change / Global Warming
Source: NASA
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So, what are the health implications for humans when the earth warms up and loses ice as we can clearly see above? The list is endless. One of the most profound examples we received is considering how the temperature can affect your health. As the earth warms one of the things that occurs is extreme weather including extreme cold and hot temperatures but also storms. A few degree changes in our body temperature can send us to the hospital with a list of health complications which can become chronic if exposed to over time.

We are located in Norfolk, Virginia, USA where we experience flooding among other signs of global warming. Where are you located? What types of extreme weather or weather challenges do you face in your area? What does the weather person have to say in your area about the climate conditions in your area? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Our Environment and Aerosol Black Carbons

Aerosols and Climate Change
Source: NASA
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According to NASA “There is only one aerosol — soot, also known as black carbon — that actually helps contribute to global warming by boosting the warming effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

In the US, diesel vehicles are the major source of soot, and filters on exhaust pipes can help reduce the amount that they pump into the air. In terms of sulfate aerosols, which are created by sulfur dioxide given off by power plants, the US and Europe have very successfully used sulfur dioxide scrubbers in power plants to reduce these emissions over the past 20 years or so. But we can definitely do more.

By reducing aerosol (soot) emissions, we can buy ourselves some climate time — about 5 to 10 years — while we work on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) in parallel. CO2, you see, hangs around in the atmosphere for an extremely long time, from decades to centuries, so even if we implement cuts today, it will take years for them to take effect. Aerosols, on the other hand, have much shorter lifetimes. If we work to reduce soot emissions now, which can enhance the global warming effect of CO2 by 20-50 percent, the climate impacts will be felt more rapidly.”

According to Bureau of Transportation Statistics “In 2014, over 16.4 million passenger cars and light trucks were sold in the United States [USDOC BEA 2015]. Diesel-powered cars accounted for about 3 percent of total auto sales in the United States, which is considerably lower than 50 percent in Europe [LUSSENHOP 2015]. In 2014, Volkswagen accounted for more than half of U.S. diesel car sales (figure 2) with diesel version of just three models—the Jetta, Passat, and Golf [COBB 2015].”

Did you know these Volkswagens were diesel vehicles? How do you think we (U.S.) is doing on lowering aerosol black carbon? How can we do better? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Food & Science

Food and Science
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Is it okay to eat foods that have GMO (genetically modified food), pesticides and irradiation if we do not know the health effects? Should we be test subjects without knowing? Should food be a matter of science or biology? Eliot Coleman believes food should be more a function of biology. Do you think health producers should be responsible for any health problems you have if you get sick from foods they said were okay to eat? Is producing ‘more’ food more important than your health? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy.

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GMO OMG

OMG GMO
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Do you know what is in your food? What do you think the FDA’s role should be in disclosure about the food you eat? What else is in the food you eat? Can you pronounce everything in your food? Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Compost & Coffee Grounds

In are article yesterday we discussed composting: how to compost and what the benefits are of composting. This reminded one of our readers of the benefits of one of her favorite drinks, coffee, to composting. Click here to view her comment. Consequently, we decided to talk a little more about this nitrogen rich resource. So we sought out gardeningknowhow.com for a little more clarification on the topic.

As we discuss urban environments, coffee is an ideal source for compositing and fertilizing for the gardener in more urban settings. Unlike other sources of composting materials coffee grounds produce fewer concerns for disease and can be added to a compost mix or added directly to the soil as a fertilizer. While you are composting your coffee grounds you can also add your coffee filters to your compost pile or mix.

When adding coffee grounds to your compost mix remember that they are considered green compost and will thus need a brown compost material added to it in the proper ratio (2:1. 2 parts green to one part brown). If you add ground coffee to soil as a fertilizer, it will not directly add nitrogen to soil however it will:

  • add organic material to the soil
    • improves drainage
    • improve water retention
    • improve aeration in the soil
  • help microorganisms beneficial to plant growth thrive
  • attract earthworms

Unwashed coffee grounds can

  • lower the pH (or raise the acid level) of soil, which is good for acid loving plants

Fresh coffee grounds are acidic while used coffee grounds are neutral. If you rinse your used coffee grounds, they will have a near neutral pH of 6.5 and will not affect the acid levels of the soil. To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, work the coffee grounds into the soil around your plants. Leftover diluted coffee works well like this also.

There are several other uses for used coffee grounds in gardening:

  • keeping slugs and snails away from plants
  • some people also claim that coffee grounds act as a cat repellent and will keep cats from using your garden as a litter box
  •  worm food if you do vermicomposting with a worm bin

What do you have around the house that you can use in your composting? Remember if you only have plants around the house, you can also do this: use your old coffee grounds. Separating organic endeavors from environmental endeavors is difficult because they both pay homage to nature and are essentially the flip side of the same coin. How can re-purposing items you typically throw away help you save money? What can that do for the environment? How can composting even on a small scale improve the quality of your food and health? What is the one food you eat the most of? How can growing that one food change your health and diet? Share your comments with the community by positing them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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