Author Archives: Billy Mason

Earth Matters: Climate Change Reality 1896-2013: Mauka to Makai

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In 1896, approximately 150 years after the dawn of the industrial revolution began to disrupt Earth’s natural energy balance, Nobel Laureate chemist Svante Arrhenius theorized that carbon dioxide (CO2) derived from fossil fuel combustion induced atmospheric global warming. Nonetheless, it took another 62 years before Dr. Charles David Keeling established the Mauna Loa Observatory on…

Earth Matters: Asia Chooses a Greener Path

Telsa Tuk Tuk

As self-serving politicians funded by the fossil fuel industry inhibit progress in America, Asian countries are quickly moving towards reducing risk, building resilience, and creating new economic opportunities by abandoning the business-as-usual approach in favor of going green. By 2020, China, India, and Japan will be three of the five largest economies in the world…

Earth Matters: GMOs, Mass Media & Social Networking

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Editor’s Note: On January 4, the New York Times published a major story about a bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii. I asked scientist Billy Mason to comment. His response is below. In the past, the top-down distribution of news in the U.S. has been vulnerable to mass media’s cherry…

Earth Matters: Hawai’i Leads by Example

Solar-powered ski lift

‘A’ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. Translation? “No task is too big when done together by all.” This Hawaiian ‘olelo no’eau or proverb, was recently illuminated when the power of the Kaua’i and Big Island communities overcame political gridlock and “outside money” in order to ensure the protection of their health and environment from impacts…

Earth Matters: The Climate Reality March Across America

Climate Reality March

The fat lady has sung and the time has come for climate deniers to face the music. Based on 117 years of research, the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2013 Report concluded: ”It is extremely likely [95 percent confidence] more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010…

Earth Matters: Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project

Climate change is happening now. One year after Superstorm Sandy caused $80 billion in damage, there have been raging forest fires induced by extreme drought conditions burning thousands of acres of pristine forest, killing dozens of people, and destroying hundreds of homes. More recently, an extreme flood event in Boulder, Colorado, provoked by 17 inches…

Earth Matters: 15 Individual Actions to Address Climate Change

Time to Wake Up

The 21st century adage, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” continues to ring a bell of truth as humanity sails into the future. Increasingly, local communities that have rightfully become inpatient with our country’s polarized political gridlock and corporate greed are seeking out solutions to address critical global issues like water scarcity, food security, environmental degradation, disease…

Earth Matters: “Green” Ski Resort

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In 1896, Nobel Laureate chemist Svante Arrhenius theorized that carbon dioxide (CO2) derived from fossil fuel combustion induced atmospheric warming. 64 years later Dr. Charles David Keeling proved that the concentration of CO2, a greenhouse gas (GHG), was increasing in the atmosphere. As a consequence of human activities, the Earth’s climate is changing. Ever more…

EARTH MATTERS: WORLD OCEANS DAY IS JUNE 8

Qalito Island, Fiji

“Malama i ke kai, a malama ke kai ia oe.” The translation of that centuries-old olelo noeau (Hawaiian proverb) is this: “Care for the ocean and the ocean will care for you.” Hawaiians believe it is their cultural kuleana (responsibility) to protect the resource that provides food and so much more for their families. On…

EARTH MATTERS: HAWAIIAN FOREST BIRDS IN PERIL

Riding a warm tropical Pacific breeze and guided by the billowing cumulus clouds towering above the lofty 13,796-foot summit of Mauna Kea, forest birds arrived on the island of Hawai’i to discover a natural paradise of habitat diversity. Subsequently, the Hawaiian honeycreepers evolved into a wide variety of types, each with a specialized ecological role…