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Saturday, March 10, 2012


I took a trip by the Oakland Hills with a good friend of mine to check out one of my favorite hunting grounds - the Chabot Observatory.

Lucky for me the facilitator, a volunteer shared a lot with what I do as the Director, of Environmental Justice Advocacy here in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

In real time using satelites imaging that cover a certain portion of the earth - from south to north - and booms it down to a Center - that picks the pieces and soon creates a full picture of the Earth.

Using these pictures the scientists can work on a serious of empirical data - wind force, temperature, currents, and so on.

Back here on Earth we now can delve into the mysteries of what some have termed Global Warming. We can picture glaciers and large areas covered with snow and see their affects on the Ocean and say global ocean rise. The results are mind boggling.

It is the same when using past data - a tsunami can be triggered; using past data - and we see the devastating force of the Oceans and how far spread the adverse impacts are.

You get a sound picture of all the earthquake prone areas - the fault lines, and get a good picture of how this Earth was formed - and the plates that move and trigger the tremors and prolonged tremors - earthquakes.

Satelite pictures at night give you a picture of the entire Earth - and the consumption of electricity. You can view the richer nations and those that cannot afford electricity - in the year 2012.

It is the same with traveling by planes. You can watch in real time the traffic - and how North Europe and heavy traffic from North America to some areas.

More in the Northern Zones where there is heavy air traffic - while in much of South America, Africa, and a host of other areas - hardly show much air traffic at all.

Wind patterns play an important role - and if the planes use the force of the wind behind them - they can save time.

If by chance the wind patterns change and the winds are against the planes - then it can delay the plane's schedule often forcing them to land in places to refuel.
Right now we are experiencing that in many places since the major wind patterns have move further south.

The empirical data is there and it is left to scientists to use the data to figure out water conservation, the use of clean energy, the depleting forest, food production and distribution, the contamination of the rivers, lakes, and ocean and more.

The world population is increasing; and soon together we must figure out how to feed the human race. The same holds good for the basic resources - water, clean air, and affordable housing, health, safety and educational services, and so on.

We had a group of adults who were asking some great questions - something the volunteer has not experienced in a long time.

He said he could spend more time with us  - we already had spent over one hour and a half - and it was time for the next session.

Here are some photographs to give you the reader some idea: