In a recent article Tim Jorgensen, an Associate Professor of Radiation Medicine at Georgetown University, wrote about the risks of getting cancer from flying in jet airplanes. According to Professor Jorgensen, the primary health risk comes from exposure to cosmic radiation. Sounds like scary stuff. He wrote about one particularly frequent flyer (a Mr. Stuker), who had amassed some 18 million miles of air travel (imagine the upgrades!): [Read more…] about Risky Business – brownfield development in need of reasonable health risk standards
Over the last few weeks, a vocal swath of San Diego has been quite polarized about large and small investors perhaps changing the nature of local communities thru the ongoing rental of homes principally in our coastal neighborhoods for profit. News reports have shown ‘for’ and ‘against’ waging this debate on the overall feel and makeup of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and elsewhere. This certainly is a debate worth having. [Read more…] about Pace of Sea Level Rising Quickly – Disaster Looms for Coastal San Diego
The large amount of precipitation California received this winter – enough to end the five year drought in many areas of the state – has been widely reported in the news media. Northern California even had its wettest year on record. Additionally, snow pack – tracked since 1941 at the 6,800 altitude Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada – has been well above average consistently since February through the date of this article. [Read more…] about The bad news inside the good news about the end of California’s drought.
Lately, it seems that more and more often one runs into a Phase I report for a property that has already been through some assessment and remediation. That is, after all, the status of many a completed brownfield project. It’s been my unfortunate experience that only a few of today’s Phase I drafters know what to do with that situation. Let’s climb into the Wayback Machine and remind ourselves what the heck a Phase I is and why we do it. [Read more…] about Observations from the Brownfield Trenches: The Phase I Report
I am a brownfield guy. I’m down with that – because a brownfield project should always end up with something better for everybody. Re-using property means re-using roads and other infrastructure, instead of building new. But there is a challenge. Sadly, everywhere people have been they’ve left some schmutz, as my grandmother would say. [Read more…] about Observations from the Brownfield Trenches
When we are little, we are taught that Thanksgiving is a commemoration of the first meal the Pilgrims and Indians shared. It is a story of strangers working together to survive that first harsh winter in a foreign place, our Native brothers and sisters helping us with their knowledge of the land. [Read more…] about Standing Rock Pilgrimage – a first hand account
In my head, I supposed I was picturing a camp stove powered by a solar panel [Read more…] about Using Solar to….Cook?
Earlier this year the city unveiled an updated plan to combat climate change, the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP). It is an impressive, and ambitious document which advocates a future for the world’s finest city in which the health of citizens and the environment are prioritized. The CAP proudly proclaims efforts to “improve public health by removing harmful pollutants from our air” as one the plan’s top priorities. More specifically the CAP calls for San Diego to contribute to helping California reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2050, with a shorter-term emission reduction target of 15 percent of 2010 levels by 2020. Although San Diego has one of the most aggressive environmental urban plans in the nation, the city faces the daunting task of overcoming challenges posed by its biggest polluter, traffic. [Read more…] about A few ways to reduce carbon emissions from traffic congestion in San Diego without more roads or rails
Last month, I accepted the challenge to camp out for a total of 31 nights between May and September. It’s not for any big campaign or some sort of a contest – just a gentle nudge in the rear to remind you that you don’t have to sail away on a month-long sabbatical to reconnect with nature.
I really think that’s the best way to do it – a night here, a weekend there. Getting out when and wherever you can. Reminding myself that it’s just as easy to spend a night at the local park (or even in my own backyard), as it is on my couch. So, I’ll keep this one short and sweet and start by saying: whether or not you consider yourself the ‘outdoorsy type,’ you should totally do this. Wait, you should do this especially if you don’t consider yourself the outdoorsy type.
Why? Because it’s a breath of fresh air, a break to the monotony and a really good time.
And in the nature of a good time, here’s some extras I pack that make for a great camping experience (even if they do add some unnecessary weight to my pack). [Read more…] about 5 Gadgets that Make Sleeping Under the Stars a Real Treat
Sure, we’ve all heard about Tesla’s amazing performance but for those who are shopping for a more bread and butter economical work horse, the logic for purchasing a pure electric (excluding hybrids) vehicle may not be readily apparent. You may be thinking “what do I do for those long road trips requiring a mid-trip recharge” and “I’m not ready to pay a premium to help curb climate change.” Actually, there are many practical reasons to buy an electric vehicle that have nothing to do with being an environmental hero. These reasons portend an imminent and rapid global conversion from gas to electric powered cars. Below are some of the practical advantages of plug-in electric vehicles (PEV). [Read more…] about Reasons to buy an electric vehicle that have nothing to do with the environment (and which portend an imminent and rapid global shift to electric vehicles)