Saturday, January 26, 2008

View From Space

Stimulated by my travels, in recent months I've tried to learn more about meteorology. One of the more fascinating sites I've found is this NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) site. (Click on image to watch the current loop.)

(I take great comfort in knowing that our government is administering the oceans and atmosphere.)

But connecting this amazing imagery with what I observe overhead is one of technology's rewards. Something that is immediately apparent: these great swirling systems of cloud can often be seen to originate over tropical Southeast Asia or deep within the Chinese mainland. They then arc out over the Pacific, through the Gulf of Alaska, and into the North America.

It is truly a small planet, and what goes into the atmosphere on one side impacts life on the other. Our concern for the environment cannot be just a local phenomena. Multinational corporations that move resource extraction and manufacturing "off-shore" to escape more stringent environmental controls here in the U.S. ultimately harm all of humanity.

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