Who better than Native Americans to be stewards of our national lands?
We need a strong coalition to keep our wild lands safe. Accepting qualified pilots is the first step to countering NobodyisFlyingthePlane. Pilots with strong cultural connections the Earth seems like wise move.
Old Treaties and New Alliances Empower Native Americans http://nyti.ms/2eXsiqh
We don’t need any more population in the world, certainly not in the US nor any other country.
The staff here has long believed that we should be incentivizing zero population growth, not feeding starving nations. We make to much food, and we waste too much food. We need to turn our focus to helping developing nations grow sustainably. Sometimes this will result in harsh policies, but we need to think in a more global manner than we currently do.
To that end, fighting the small battles isn’t going to change things much. We need to look at the big picture. Sure, animal trophy hunting isn’t helping endangered populations, but its not the real problem.
the single most important step in securing the future of the lion in Africa “is mobilizing massive support” for Africa’s parks and protected areas. That is, we should be lobbying the United Nations, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the European Union, the International Development Bank and other international bodies to take on the park management shortfall, estimated at $700 million to $3 billion a year.
Our aid efforts should not go to food. The funding should support population stabilization and sustainable economic development. In short take the most valuable thing Africans have, their natural environment, preserve it and help them live off of it, but in harmony with it.
No reason not to adopt the same focus here. Preserve wilderness and live in harmony with it.
Angry Tweets Won’t Help African Lions http://nyti.ms/29h6iJp
“If you think about it, the rules, the laws that govern water in the West were created in the 19th century. And yet here we live in the 21st century,” Ralph says. “Weather predictions have been improving over the last decades.”
Time to seriously look at the problems in our water systems. The problems that show up in the press like Flint, or the Cali drought are only the tip of the iceberg. Systemic improvements and infrastructure upgrades are needed.
Like fossil fuels, water is another case where we are not paying the true price of the resource we’re consuming. We need to price continual improvements and upgrades into the cost to users.
These problems are compounded by an antiquated system of regulations, dysfunctional water markets, policies that encourage overpumping, and contracts that discourage conservation by requiring customers to pay for water they don’t use. These approaches depress investment and inhibit innovation.
Regulations can ensure that the first few gallons per person per day are cheap or free, with escalating costs beyond that. Water for necessities such as drinking, cooking and hygiene should be affordable. Beyond that, water for lawns, filling swimming pools, washing cars and other uses should be more expensive.
The water industry’s risk-averse culture has resisted innovation. Higher prices and government-backed research and development could help prompt a wave of innovation and investment. This is what happened with hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, two technologies advanced through government research that kicked off the shale boom.
The water problem is daunting. But putting a sensible price on water to invite investment and encourage conservation, increasing the availability of information and doubling down on innovation can go a long way toward solving it.
Our Water System: What a Waste http://nyti.ms/22Bnqv3
This article echos the discussion in a previous post about using peoples’ reputations to encourage or shame them into doing the right thing. This article mentions water use shaming in California. It seems that calling out people in particular and in general for wasting water for things such as their lawns has a positive effect. Unfortunately its not enough to resolve the issue in the deeply under resourced and dry West.
See the previous post and link to an article about public reputations and energy conservation here.
NYTimes: Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use
Great use of military tech for conservation purposes. This is the literal embodiment of Nobodyisflyingtheplane.
Anyone as concerned with privacy as the staff is at Nobodyisflyingtheplane is obviously wary of the potential for misuse of unmanned drones, but we love to hear when privacy invading police state tech can be used for the betterment of all.
Why not take military style use further and develop remote pilot operation bases in parts of the world where there is a sufficient supply of skilled pilots. Then crowdsource the surveillance feeds to interested internet users who could review footage in their free time. How about forming a non profit to raise funds for remote aerial conservation efforts by developing a remote drone flight school and selling classes to retired Baby Boomers on Groupwise just as real flight schools do.
Do we need more evidence that we should do everything we can to preserve every remaining acre of wilderness in the world?
Careful, pictures 6 and 7 will keep you up at night.