The Universe in Perspective

Check out the Scale of the Universe to see examples from the huge to the tiny, from subatomic particles up to the galaxies, and many things in between. Human sizes seem to be about in the middle, between 10-35 and 1035. Check out “Cosmos” (a remake) by Neil deGrasse for details on the formation of the universe.

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Western US water supply: endangered

Satellites can calculate groundwater disappearance by measuring a decrease in gravitational attraction. With less water in the ground, there is less mass and less attraction. The Colorado River Basin has lost 17 trillion gallons since 2004, mostly groundwater. Our water use is steadily growing, but groundwater losses take millennia to be restored by nature. Seventy percent of the basin’s water […]

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Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival poster

Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival

Come see films about rhinos, condors, pandas, hawks, and orangutans;  films about native cultures: Mayans, Inuit, Nuxalk, Micronesians, and Hawaiians; “Damnation”, about dams; and “Burden of Dreams”, about the making of Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo” in the Amazon. The Festival is run by the Boulder County Audubon Society, a voice for migratory bird and wildlife conservation through habitat […]

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Move money out of big banks and into local banks or credit unions

Some people here in Boulder are trying to get the city to take its money out of JP Morgan Stanley, claiming that immoral or unethical acts by that bank harm people and society. Good banks and credit unions invest and loan locally. They avoid laundering money, screwing customers, and investing in polluting and damaging companies. […]

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Reasons not to buy ivory

Ban ivory to protect elephants

Help elephants! Please write to newspapers, your representative, senators, and president, asking the sale of elephant ivory products to be banned in the US, Japan, and China. Poachers kill 30,000 elephants per year for their ivory tusks. Ivory products are sold in China, Japan, and the US. Ask that countries burn their ivory stockpiles. Ask countries to […]

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Help stop a secret deal to overturn Colorado fracking bans

Breaking update: Governor Hickenlooper cut a secret deal with the oil and gas industry to take away your right to protect your family and future from fracking. After months of closed door negotiations, Governor Hickenlooper, Congressman Polis and the oil and gas industry announced last Friday that they had made a deal to address fracking. […]

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energy efficient home

Quick tips for making your home more energy efficient

To make your home more energy efficient: Stop the air infiltration by sealing the holes and cracks (except for the amount needed to get air to burn gas in the furnace and hot water heater). Insulate the ceilings, walls, and maybe the foundation or basement. Orientation: have south facing windows with eaves that shade them […]

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coal power plant explosion

Want to stop global warming?

Pressure states to close coal power plants and do renewables! Go to utilities for dummies for Dave Roberts’ introduction to the weird world where utilities make their money by building large polluting coal plants and getting a 10% profit on the construction of new plants; the more they spend, the more they make. They can then take over politicians […]

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Huge march to stop climate change on September 20th and 21st in New York City

Now we need thousands marching to pressure politicians to stop being bought off by oil, coal, gas, and utility companies. Sustainable power is possible: Texas and Germany get much of their power from wind turbines and solar panels now. We just need to stop oil, gas, coal, and utility companies from corrupting, intimidating, and bribing […]

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Help Save the Bees!

We should avoid pesticides on our lawns and in the plants that we buy. In particular, we need to ask stores if their plants have the systemic pesticides, neonicotinoids or neonics, that appear to be killing bees. We should plant plants that are good for bees, butterflies, birds, wildlife and humans. Many pesticides sicken children, […]

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