Posted on May 1, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Ill-timed Earth Day letter on climate change debunked
Global March temperature anomalies.
*Editor’s note: This op-ed was written in response to letters to the editor in the Summit Daily News, published in Frisco, Colorado. The newspaper frequently publishes letters by Hertzberg that are full of scientific inaccuracies and misleading statements.
By Howard Hallman and Brad Piehl
Sunday was April 22 was Earth Day. The Summit Daily celebrated by printing a full page feature spread about climate change denier Marty Hertzberg. Marty has anointed himself as a climate change expert, but in fact he spent much of this career doing mine safety work for the coal industry. Given his background and apparent lack of research experience it is hard to see him as a fair minded credible expert on global warming.
Much of what Marty states as fact is naïve and untrue. The earth’s temperature has increased dramatically over the past 50 years, by all reasonable accounts the direct result of rapid population growth and a significant increase in carbon dioxide emissions into Earth’s atmosphere.
Contrary to Marty’s assertion, small increases in any number of substances including carbon dioxide and fluorocarbon derivatives do have a large and long-term impact on weather. In fact, that’s how cloud seeding works; a relatively tiny quantity of substance is blown into the air triggering the formation of ice crystals and subsequent snowfall.
The global warming controversy in the United States is not really a public policy discussion; rather it is one more political straw man for those who seek to generate hate and divide us. (more…)
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Posted on June 1, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Community and business sustainability are on the agenda at SustainaBiz 2010.
One-day conference help show how sustainable business practices benefit the bottom line — and the community
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s not all that often you hear business people talk about the moral imperative of sustainability, but them again, not every community has an organization as progressive as the Summit Independent Business Alliance. And in this era of the mega oil-spill, sustainability should be a key focus for every responsible business owner.
Tomorrow’s day-long Sustainabiz conference can help business take a big step in that direction by providing tools and information to help strengthen organizations and businesses and create a more sustainable community. Sustainabiz features a prestigious lineup of local and regional experts, two panel discussions with sustainable-business case studies, roll-up-your-sleeves breakout sessions, networking opportunities and more. (more…)
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Posted on May 15, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Summit Sunrise, Meadow Creek wetlands, Frisco, Colorado.W
Winter, spring hold seasonal wrestling match
Although winter has been holding on quite tenaciously this year, There are signs of spring. We’ve tried to capture some of the tension in the last few pictures in our daily photoblog of Summit County, most recently with this sunrise shot from the Meadow Creek wetlands, just off Lagoon Drive in Frisco. After another rainy and snowy night, the ground and branches were coated with a crunchy frozen layer, but the beaver ponds in the wetlands are wide open, and in the shallows, bright greed sedges are sprouting.
We’re documenting Summit County day by day with pictures and would like your contributions. Send your photo of the day to firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to subscribe to Summit Voice (top right-hand corner) to get stories and photos delivered directly to your inbox via e-mail.
See the rest of the daily photojournal here.
And check out the mini-gallery by clicking on the “read more” button to see a few more recent daily pictures, as well as a few that didn’t quite make the cut. (more…)
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