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GREENING THE FIREWORKS – in INDIA ... and the WORLD

Chemicals create the beautiful colors of fireworks. Released into the atmosphere, they are harmful those who breathe the polluted air.
India’s annual Diwali “Festival of Lights” features so many fireworks that, in 2016, the pollution caused some schools to close. In 2017, India’s Supreme Court temporarily banned fireworks in New Delhi. (This year, Diwali will be celebrated November 6–7.)

CAN WE MAKE FIREWORKS LESS POLLUTING?

YES: There is a future for “green” fireworks. Several scientists, especially Professor Thomas Klapotke in Germany, are beginning to find coloring agents for fireworks that are less harmful.

A happy prospect for future celebrations.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
7 July 2018
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GREENING THE FIREWORKS – in AMERICA... INDIA... and the WORLD

Chemicals create the beautiful colors of fireworks. Released into the atmosphere, they are harmful those who breathe the polluted air.

The Fourth of July in America is not as bad as it sometimes gets in India. India’s annual Diwali “Festival of Lights” features so many fireworks that, in 2016, the pollution caused some schools to close. In 2017, India’s Supreme Court temporarily banned fireworks in New Delhi. (This year, Diwali will be celebrated November 6–7.)

CAN WE MAKE FIREWORKS LESS POLLUTING?

YES: There is a future for “green” fireworks. Several scientists, especially Professor Thomas Klapotke in Germany, are beginning to find coloring agents for fireworks that are less harmful.

A happy prospect for future celebrations.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
7 July 2018
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2 weeks ago

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THE RED PANDA ... ADORABLE ... AND IN TROUBLE

Red pandas, native to the mountain slopes of western China and Nepal, are in trouble. The Internaitonal Union for the Conservation of Nature says they are threatened now by deforestation and disease. Climate change looms.

Human hearts go out to beautiful animals like whales ... tigers ... snow leopards ... baby seals — and cuddly red pandas. But ALL species are precious, including the ones we tend to dislike, such as cockroaches. (Name the creature that gives YOU the creeps.)

THE WEB OF LIFE includes every plant and every animal. Each plays its important role in Earth’s ecology. All must be protected — the ones we humans find adorable and the ones we don’t. In the words of the Anglican hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander ... ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.

In his poem “Always,” Kiran Verma envisions a world “Where tigers roam the forests, And great whales roam the seas.” www.warrenhallcrain.com/always/

How can we protect Earth’s biodiversity? Please comment.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
29 June 2018
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WarrenHall Crain

“SUSTAINABLE HAPPINESS ... Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference”

“Sustainable Happiness” (edited by Sarah Van Gelder and the staff of Yes! Magazine) is a book I recommend. You can find it on Amazon at amzn.to/2ywexhx .

We all have responsibilities and concerns that require us to navigate our high-tech world. So our lives can be crowded and frantic. This book offers good tips about how to live more simply, more effectively, and more happily.

In Chapter 8, “Give Yourself a Break: Take a Tech Sabbath,” Erika Kosina advises uplugging once in a while to engage with the plain old world we lived in before computers and the Internet.

She lists 10 ways to take a day off. Here is my list, which is mostly the same as hers ... (to see her original list, get a copy of “Sustainable Happiness” and read Chapter 8):

1. Avoid technology
2. Connect with loved ones
3. Get outside
4. Listen to birdsong and other natural sounds
5. Avoid commerce
6. Light candles
7. Drink a cup of chai
8. Eat some ice cream
9. Enjoy silence
10. Read a real book you can hold in your hands

And here is one more:

Stop reading this Facebook post and turn off the device you are reading it on.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
22 June 2018
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WarrenHall Crain

5 TIPS TO REDUCE PLASTIC POLLUTION

Plastic takes a tragic toll on wildlife. On land and in the seas, some animals are surrounded by it. They eat it, get stuck in it, and die from it, says the World Wildlife Fund.

Like the sea turtle in the WWF photo.

Like the stork entangled in a plastic bag. (The stork was set free by the National Geographic photographer.)

HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT
1. Bring your own GLASS water bottle. Fill it from your home tap.
2. Bring reusable shopping bags to the supermarket.
3. Bring a reusable cup for your morning coffee. A thrown-away styrofoam cup can last a million years.
4. Replace grocery-store cling film with the new beeswax wraps – 100% natural and environmentally friendly, they are made of 100% cotton, pine resin, jojobal oil, and local beeswax. Reusable and compostable.
5. Freshen your breath with mints instead of chewing gum, which (believe it or not) is made from the same plastic/vinyl that tire inner tubes are made of. Chewing gum is not degradable.

AND ...

LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTSTEPS.
TAKE YOUR RUBBISH WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THE BEACH OR CAMPSITE OR PARK. EVEN BETTER, DO A 10-MINUTE CLEAN-UP OF NEARBY TRASH OTHERS HAVE LEFT.

Don’t leave plastics behind. Remember: Forever is a long time.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
15 June 2018
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ONLY ONE POLIO CASE IN PAKISTAN SO FAR THIS YEAR

The little boy in the photo is crying as his mother bends to help him. He is 3 years old and trying to take a few steps, but his right leg and arm are painful and will not move. He is the only case of polio so far this year in Pakistan, a historical low. (His mother has not learned to read and cannot decipher the Urdu words on the sign behind her urging that children get vaccinated against polio. The sign says “Don’t let your child’s dreams go to waste.”)

The world is now very close to wiping out polio. Pakistan’s neighbor, India, eradicated polio in 2014. Now only three nations have not totally eradicated polio: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria – although donors from around the world and local officials and volunteers are working hard to get all children in these countries vaccinated.

Some years ago in India I joined a polio eradication team from America on a whirlwind tour through the city of Meerut. We were able to immunize a few hundred children that day. “We had no illusions about our role,” I wrote in my journal. “We knew that we were only a very small part of the final push to eradicate polio from the world. We worked with thousands of volunteers who had been mustered to work in pulse polio booths around the country. Our role was to be a very visible sign that the rest of the world cares what happens to each of the children in these places we visited."

You can read the whole story in the chapter “National Immunization Day – Meerut” in my book READINGS FROM AN INDIA JOURNAL, amzn.to/1Ufzz2K

I am very proud of India’s 2014 victory over polio. There is going to be an incredible celebration in Rotary when the World Health Organization declares worldwide victory, as Rotary has been one of the strongest forces in the war on polio.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
5 June 2018
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2 months ago

WarrenHall Crain

THE SPACE AGE BEGINS

The 1960s began The Space Age:

• 1961–April 12, Yuri Gagarin, Russian Cosmonaut, makes the first suborbital flight.
• 1961–May 1, Alan Shepard, American Astronaut, makes the second suborbital flight.
• 1961–May 25, President Kennedy famously declares, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.” (The goal was achieved.)
• 1962–Astronaut John Glenn is the first human to orbit the globe.
• 1967–The musical “Hair” features a song by James Rado and Gerome Ragni whose first lines can be considered an ode to human fascination with the wider universe:

“Good morning, starshine
The Earth says hello
You twinkle above us
We twinkle below”

• 1968—The movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” created by the future historian Arthur C. Clarke and the cinematic genius Stanley Kubrick–now in 50th anniversary re-release–is considered one of the most important movies of all time, posing questions humans continue to pursue: Where did we come from? Where are we going?
[A personal note: I saw the original “2001: A Space Odyssey” in Cinemascope with my father in Manhattan. I hope to see it again in its re-release.]
• 1969—July 20, American Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin make the first human moon landing as Michael Collins pilots the Apollo 11 craft overhead.

So now we are in the sixth decade of the Age of Space.

My forthcoming book, a future history to publish in 2019, is titled FUTURE CHRONICLES: THE FIRST 500 YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE. It will be a history of the Space Age ... the nearly 60 years that have already elapsed and the 440 years to come.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
23 May 2018
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SETI: THE SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE

Three weeks ago NASA launched TESS, a small satellite that, for the next 2 years, will use powerful cameras to LOOK into the sky, seeking Earthlike planets that might support intelligent life.

And for the next 60 days, the powerful CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia will LISTEN for radio signals from space that may suggest an intelligent source. (The project is named BREAKTHROUGH LISTEN.)

Whether looking from Earth orbit ... or listening from Australia ... the search for intelligent life goes on ... as does the question “What will happen if we find it?”

My next book, FUTURE CHRONICLES (2019), will provide an answer.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
11 May 2018
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WarrenHall Crain

SETI: THE SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE

Three weeks ago NASA launched TESS, a small satellite that, for the next 2 years, will use powerful cameras to LOOK into the sky, seeking Earthlike planets that might support intelligent life.

And for the next 60 days, the powerful CSIRO Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia will LISTEN for radio signals from space that may suggest an intelligent source. (The project is named BREAKTHROUGH LISTEN.)

Whether looking from Earth orbit ... or listening from Australia ... the search for intelligent life goes on ... as does the question “What will happen if we find it?”

My next book, FUTURE CHRONICLES (2019), will provide an answer.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
11 May 2018
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“WHERE TIGERS ROAM THE FORESTS...”

The World Wildlife Fund now offers a “Symbolic Adoption” program. A donation helps make sure tigers and hundreds of other species survive on our planet. For your gift you can choose a species you want to adopt and receive a kit that includes a stuffed toy (like the toy tiger shown), an adoption certificate, and a photo and information about your chosen species. The kit makes a wonderful gift for a child and a lesson about our human responsibility for all the world’s creatures.

On page 105 of my book THE MESSAGE, Kiran Verma’s poem “Always” envisions a Utopian world “Where tigers roam the forests, And great whales roam the seas.” So I chose the photo of the tiger from the WWF Symbolic Adoption site: bit.ly/2dK0x8c.

My book THE MESSAGE — that includes Kiran Verma’s poem — is listed on Amazon at amzn.to/1Au8iAd. You can read it free if you belong to Kindle Unlimited.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
1 May 2018
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TESS — OFF TO SEEK ALIEN WORLDS

Go to bit.ly/2Jcjhcm to see a video of TESS’s launch — perfect launch on Wednesday, April 18.

TESS herself will not go to the stars. The little spacecraft (about the size of a washing machine) has nestled into an orbit between Earth and the moon. But, starting in June, her telescopes will spend two years searching the sky for nearby stars orbited by planets with Earthlike conditions, some of which may support intelligent life.

TESS will help to answer the age-old question: Are we alone?

“Ad astra per aspira,” is the motto of the state of Kansas, a Latin phrase that means “To the stars through difficulties.”

There are difficulties to overcome as we explore the universe and reach out to other stars and planets. But TESS (a cooperative project of NASA and SpaceX) is a major step on the journey.

I watched the rocket launch Wednesday. Perhaps you did, too. VERY EXCITING TO BE SURE!

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
20 April 2018
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TESS — OFF TO SEEK ALIEN WORLDS

Go to bit.ly/2Jcjhcm to see a video of TESS’s launch — a perfect launch on Wednesday, April 18.

TESS herself will not go to the stars. The little spacecraft (about the size of a washing machine) has nestled into an orbit between Earth and the moon. But, starting in June, her telescopes will spend two years searching the sky for nearby stars. Some are probably orbited by planets with Earthlike conditions, which might support intelligent life.

TESS will help to answer the age-old question: Are we alone?

“Ad astra per aspira,” is the motto of the state of Kansas, a Latin phrase that means “To the stars through difficulties.”

There are difficulties to overcome as we explore the universe and reach out to other stars and planets. But TESS (a cooperative project of NASA and SpaceX) is a major step on the journey.

I watched the rocket launch Wednesday. Perhaps you did, too. VERY EXCITING TO BE SURE!

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
20 April 2018
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TESS IS READY TO GO

She is now inside the fairing, shown in the photo, heading into the servicing facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida — on track for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, April 16th, at 6:32 PM Eastern time (3:32 p.m. Pacific time; 4:02 a.m. Tuesday in India).

TESS’s mission: Searching the sky for nearby Earthlike planets, some of which may support intelligent life, some perhaps near enough for robot visits. It will take about 60 days for Tess to settle into her orbit between Earth and the moon and begin the search.

A reader of my earlier post about TESS, Terry Ford, asked “What if they find Klingon, or Borg?” I replied “We can hope that they are seeking intergalactic peace.”

My book, FUTURE CHRONICLES (to publish next year) records a future history when humans — traveling at or faster than the speed of light — meet the inhabitants of another world: the people of the planet AH-TOO.

Follow TESS’s launch LIVE on www.space.com.

Prelaunch coverage begins on NASA TV on Sunday April 15th, which will also broadcast the launch.

Here is a link to the space.com article — published on April 13th — with details about TESS. www.space.com/40299-spacex-rocket-ready-for-tess-launch.html

Let’s all watch the launch of TESS and follow the news of her mission over the next couple of years.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
15 April 2018
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TESS IS READY TO GO

She is now inside the fairing, shown in the photo, heading into the servicing facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida — on track for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, April 16th, at 6:32 PM Eastern time (3:32 p.m. Pacific time; 4:02 a.m. Tuesday in India).

TESS’s mission: Searching the sky for nearby Earthlike planets, some of which may support intelligent life, some perhaps near enough for robot visits. It will take about 60 days for Tess to settle into her orbit between Earth and the moon and begin the search.

A reader of my earlier post about TESS, Terry Ford, asked “What if they find Klingon, or Borg?” I replied “We can hope that they are seeking intergalactic peace.”

My book, FUTURE CHRONICLES (to publish next year) records a future history when humans — traveling at or faster than the speed of light — meet the inhabitants of another world: the people of the planet AH-TOO.

Follow TESS’s launch LIVE on www.space.com.
Prelaunch coverage begins on NASA TV on Sunday April 15th, which will also broadcast the launch.

Here is a link to the space.com article — published on April 13th — with details about TESS. www.space.com/40299-spacex-rocket-ready-for-tess-launch.html

Let’s all watch the launch of TESS and follow the news of her mission over the next couple of years.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
15 April 2018
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ARE THERE OTHER EARTHS?
TESS MAY FIND OUT.

“No earlier than 6:32 p.m. on April 16th,” NASA promises, a little spacecraft called TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) will ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to a spot between Earth and the moon. Its job: To spend at least two years there, searching space for alien worlds.

TESS will be looking for nearby planets, ones close enough to examine with telescopes – maybe close enough for a robot to visit.

The TESS research team thinks the little spacecraft will find some 500 Earth-sized planets within a range of 300 light years. Some might be home to intelligent inhabitants. The nearest could be as close as 10 to 15 light-years.

Can humans travel at the speed of light? (So we could get to one of those nearby planets in a mere 10 or 15-year trip – and maybe live long enough to get home again?) Einstein and other scientists have said it is impossible for an object (such as a spacecraft) to travel as fast or faster than the speed of light.
However, future technologies may prove it can be done.

My book FUTURE CHRONICLES: THE FIRST 500 YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE (to publish next year) records a future history when humans — traveling at or faster than the speed of light — meet the inhabitants of another world: the people of the planet AH-TOO.

Meanwhile, read more about TESS in the New York Times article at nyti.ms/2GpD3Am ... and join me in watching for what TESS may reveal about alien worlds during the next couple of years.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
3 April 2018
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ARE THERE OTHER EARTHS?
TESS MAY FIND OUT.

“No earlier than 6:32 p.m. on April 16th,” NASA promises, a little spacecraft called TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) will ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to a spot between Earth and the moon. Its job: To spend at least two years there, searching space for alien worlds.

TESS will be looking for nearby planets, ones close enough to examine with telescopes – maybe close enough for a robot to visit.

The TESS research team thinks the little spacecraft will find some 500 Earth-sized planets within a range of 300 light years. Some might be home to intelligent inhabitants. The nearest could be as close as 10 to 15 light-years.

Can humans travel at the speed of light? (So we could get to one of those nearby planets in a mere 10 or 15-year trip – and maybe live long enough to get home again?) Einstein and other scientists have said it is impossible for an object (such as a spacecraft) to travel as fast or faster than the speed of light.
However, future technologies may prove it can be done.

My book FUTURE CHRONICLES: THE FIRST 500 YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE (to publish next year) records a future history when humans — traveling at or faster than the speed of light — meet the inhabitants of another world: the people of the planet AH-TOO.

Meanwhile, read more about TESS in the New York Times article at nyti.ms/2GpD3Am ... and join me in watching for what TESS may reveal about alien worlds during the next couple of years.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
3 April 2018
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WHO WILL GIVE AN ORPHAN AN EDUCATION?
SAVE THE CHILDREN

There are over 18 million children in the world who have lost their mothers and fathers.

Save the Children has an Orphan Education program. They find overlooked, eager-to-learn children, pay their tuition, and purchase their school supplies. Giving orphaned children an opportunity to learn lets that them know they have not been forgotten.

Anyone who has a bit of extra money to put to a good use may be interested in Save the Children’s “Gifts of Joy” catalog. A gift of $75 will provide an educational opportunity for one child somewhere in the world.

Here is the link to the Orphan Education section of Save the Children’s Gifts of Joy catalog: bit.ly/2pBJGIG

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
24 March 2018
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WHO WILL GIVE AN EDUCATION TO AN ORPHAN?
SAVE THE CHILDREN

There are over 18 million children in the world who have lost their mothers and fathers.

Save the Children has an Orphan Education program. They find overlooked, eager-to-learn children, pay their tuition, and purchase their school supplies. Giving orphaned children an opportunity to learn lets that them know they have not been forgotten.

Anyone who has a bit of extra money to put to a good use may be interested in Save the Children’s “Gifts of Joy” catalog. A gift of $75 will provide an educational opportunity for one child somewhere in the world.

Here is the link to the Orphan Education section of Save the Children’s Gifts of Joy catalog: bit.ly/2pBJGIG

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
24 March 2018
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WINNING THE WAR ON POLLUTION

These photos exaggerate China’s success in fighting pollution. The photo at left was taken in Beijing on a very bad day in 2013. The photo at right was taken on a very good day early this year. But it’s true: After declaring war on air pollution in 2014, China has made major strides toward cleaner air.

How have they done it? Starting in 2014, China prohibited new coal-fired power plants in polluted regions including Beijing. Existing plants had to reduce emissions or replace coal with natural gas. Big cities restricted the number of cars on the road. Last summer, coal boilers were removed from many homes and businesses, even where replacements were not ready, leaving many people without heat this past winter.

Targets have been met and air quality is noticeably, and measurably, greatly improved.

The United States underwent its own air pollution crisis in the 1950s with cities like Pittsburgh and Los Angeles experiencing killer smogs. The federal Clean Air Act of 1970 brought major improvements in cities across the nation. Market forces such as low-cost wind and solar power continue to improve America’s air quality.

The United States and China still have a long way to go, and many parts of the world — including Delhi in my other home country — are still choking in killer air pollution. But ongoing successes in China and the United States show that the war on air pollution can — and must — be won.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
15 March 2018
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CHINA IS WINNING ITS WAR ON POLLUTION

These photos exaggerate China’s success in fighting pollution. The photo at left was taken in Beijing on a very bad day in 2013. The photo at right was taken on a very good day early this year. But it’s true: After declaring war on air pollution in 2014, China has made major strides toward cleaner air.

How have they done it? Starting in 2014, China prohibited new coal-fired power plants in polluted regions including Beijing. Existing plants had to reduce emissions or replace coal with natural gas. Big cities restricted the number of cars on the road. Last summer, coal boilers were removed from many homes and businesses, even where replacements were not ready, leaving many people without heat this past winter.

Targets have been met and air quality is noticeably, and measurably, greatly improved.

The United States underwent its own air pollution crisis in the 1950s with cities like Pittsburgh and Los Angeles experiencing killer smogs. The federal Clean Air Act of 1970 brought major improvements in cities across the nation. Market forces such as low-cost wind and solar power continue to improve America’s air quality.

The United States and China still have a long way to go, and many parts of the world — including Delhi in my other home country — are still choking in killer air pollution. But ongoing successes in China and the United States show that the war on air pollution can — and must — be won.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
15 March 2018
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    Warren Crain is a prolific writer/story teller. His books are a good read which speaks from his heart about the human condition.

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