The World Could Shift To Green Energy for Less Than it Subsidies Fossil Fuels

This is a game changer. A new report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) estimates the cost of subsidizing a full transition to clean energy, and comes out with a figure that is only 10-30% of the subsidy presently given to the planet-destroying fossil fuel industries.

That’s right. It would be cheaper to go green.

Just 10% of fossil fuel subsidy cash ‘could pay for green transition’

The report can be found here.

Why are we not doing this? Hmmm.

Dynamic Earth Study Gude

For tomorrow’s quiz (don’t forget notes for chapter 17)

composition of air
air pressure and altitude
carbon cycle
effects of vacuum
layers of the atmosphere
northern lights
greenhouse effect

see you then

Dynamic Earth Mid-Term

Hmmm, I was not expecting another snow day. We will cancel the quiz on groundwater and caves.

Review Chapters 1,2,3,4,9,8,10,11,5, and 6

Mid-term has changed and will now be only 115 multiple choice questions. I am dropping the essays due to time constraints. Still open note.

Thanks and good luck

Blizzard Bag Assignment

Here it is, any future such assignments will be posted here.

Blizzard Bag Lesson for Dynamic Earth

Go to the following Web sites from USA Today. Look at the graphic of Seasons and of Doppler Radar and complete the questions that follow. Turn the assignment in when we return to school.

Blizzard Bag Lesson for Earth / Physical Science

Instructor Chris Boch

Go to The Physical Science section of

Pick one of the articles, read it and write a one-page review, telling me about the article, what you learned and how you felt about it (was it well written, was it boring, etc.) Turn the assignment in when we return to school.

A Remarkable Coincidence

So Wednesday in Dynamic Earth I showed you two TED talks on oceans. The first is a very upbeat and hopeful view from Dr. Robert Ballard, the famed ocean explorer. He is a link to the talk if your interested.

Robert Ballard: The astonishing hidden world of the deep ocean

The second video is more worrisome. Coral Ecologist Dr. Jeremy Jackson has seen massive ocean ecological destruction by the hand of man during his career and tells of a dark future, with a damaged ocean.

Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

So I get home Wednesday night and who do I see on PBS? Jeremy Jackson. The new PBS show is called Earth: A New Wild. And looks at how humans are trying to effect a positive change on the environment by managing wilderness. Dr. Jackson and many, many others, are trying to regrow coral reefs, farm fish in the ocean instead of on land, introduce species that filter toxins from the water, and other amazing ideas.

Good show and you can watch it online. The episode I saw was “Oceans”

Earth: A New Wild