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#1 Dec 20, 2009
Reflecting on Copenhagen
While politicians dither there is something ordinary people all over the world can do to help reduce increases in global temperatures at virtually no expense, and to no particular detriment, no economic cost, with no political implications, no trade offs, no vested interestsí pressure, no nothing. If everyone was to paint their shed roof, warehouse, garage, industrial building, hangar, and the roofs of homes that are of corrugated iron or aluminium, and any paintable surfaces that face the sun WHITE, it would reflect the heat of the sunís rays in exactly the way that the shrinking polar ice caps do.
However, because the sun strikes the earth at a low tangent at the poles, the reflective capability of a square metre at the equator will be many times that of a square metre at either of the poles. So, since most of us live in the temperate and tropical belt around the Earth where the sun is and not at the polar extremities we could make a big difference. If all the tin roofs of the world were white it could equal or exceed the amount of white surface area being lost by the ice caps.
To put this into perspective the roofs of all the cars in the world add up to over 2,200 square kilometres. The immensely greater area of houses, sheds, factories etc. would be a vast reflector. To counter our carbon footprints, we should not only plant a tree, but paint something white; the bigger the better.
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#2 Mar 8, 2010
Bravo to Shoreham Service Center!! My family was very impressed recently by the kindness and inspired citizenship displayed by the folks at the Shoreham Service Station. My college-aged son was visiting Vermont with friends from his college near Albany, NY and lost his wallet in the parking lot of the Shoreham Service Center. An honest customer turned it in, and the employees made the effort to contact me (careless son's mom) in Buffalo, NY. Since my son does not have a car, or his license to borrow a car, he was not able to drive over 2 hours to Shoreham to retrieve his wallet. The honest citizens at Shoreham prevailed, promptly mailing the wallet to his college address, minus a few dollars for postage. I salute the fine citizens who gave our son a happy resolution to what could have been a nightmare. Maybe they have college age sons too, and understand how grateful we are!
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