Use a carbon tax to fund FEMA

In Houston we are witnessing a once in 500-year flood event, again. In the ten years from 2000 to 2010 the US experienced 15 significant flooding events. In this decade we’ve already seen 23. Both major and minor flooding events have increased steadily over the last several decades. Even if we stopped emitting carbon pollution today, the severity of the flooding will continue to increase. So it’s obvious that they way we managed flooding in the past will no longer work.

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Malawi Movie

This is the movie I made about our month long trip to Malawi in 2003: Andy and Catherine Adventures in the Warm Heart of Africa.  At one hour, this is the longest movie I’ve made. It’s also one of the first I made, so it’s a bit rough around the edges. Most of the music is from the nuns at the Maryview convent in Nguludi, which is definitely one of the high points.

Tanzania: Leave No Animal Unviewed

In 2012 my mother, brothers, and our wives and children went on Safari in Tanzania. It was one of those trips where you think it can’t live up to the brochure, but it surpasses it. All of the shots in these films were taken by me or a member of my family.

First is the one minute teaser preview.

Then the full 13 minute movie, which has a slower pace.

A Climate Changed World

My latest blog post is written in the style of my story “A Dinosaur’s Last Roar“, but  it takes place in the past (last week to be exact) and is nonfiction. 

August 4th, 2017, Seattle, WA

I’ve lived in Seattle for over twenty years, and I’ve never seen it like this. The typical weather on this date is a pleasant 77 ºF with blue skies and 40% humidity. Today the temperature peaked at 93°F and would have been hotter, but smoke from 1.2 million acres of burning forest in British Columbia has blocked out the sun. It’s the second worst forest fire year on record for BC, and it’s supposed to get worse before it gets better. The haze reaches as far south as the Oregon border. We’re hoping that it doesn’t impact the viewing of the total eclipse of the sun later this month, which is much less exciting if you can’t see the solar corona through the smoke.

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Solar panels, batteries, and the grid

Last weekend I attended a training exercise of the emergency communications hub at Neighborhood House in West Seattle. During an emergency, like a huge earthquake that knocks out landlines and cell phones, volunteers will jump into action, creating a communications network across the city using ham radios. These hubs will provide information to citizens (e.g. where to find food, shelter, medical care) and back to city officials (e.g. what is needed, status of roads and bridges, status of gas and electricity).

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