What is the final frontier? Whenever I ask my Earth Science 101 students they answer that the final frontier is space. This is no doubt because they have been acculturated by the ubiquity and glamour of space exploration in the popular imagination.
The Apollo program conceived in early 1960 during the Eisenhower administration ignited the dreams of a generation that lacked the drama of exploration that characterized their recent ancestors. Apollo missions merged seamlessly with the popular television series Star Trek, which began in 1966.
Captain James T. Kirk, the boyish and impulsive hero, augmented the romance of space travel with his promise to explore "brave new worlds." That his middle name is Tiberius — perhaps after one of Rome's greatest generals, who became a moody and reluctant Emperor — only added to the gravitas. more >>
If you worry about climate change, here's something that ought to grab your attention.
One of the newest and most-rapidly spreading memes in popular science is what's being dubbed the "Anthropocene." According to this meme, human beings are having such an impact on the environment, especially the climate, that we've entered a new geological age.
That's exactly the point a recent article that British geologist Colin Waters and his colleagues recently made in the journal Science. They argue that the combination of the "rapid global spread of novel materials including aluminum, concrete and plastics" and "fossil-fuel combustion," and the "atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons" has produced "rapid environmental change" sufficient to call our times a new geological age. more >>
The world is a wonderful place. Our God is so good in giving it to us. But to a large extent, we have not taken good care of it, nor of each other.
We have polluted the water, fouled the air and are dangerously changing the climate.
The breakdown of the family, the redefining of traditional marriage, global poverty, hunger, homelessness, abortion, physician assisted suicide, the arms trade, nuclear weapons, astronomical military budgets, human trafficking, corporate greed, murder and the mass murder of war are also among the critical illnesses humanity has inflicted upon itself. more >>
The Paris climate accord was announced with much pomp and self-congratulations ... but let's examine the worldview behind it.
This past weekend, representatives from 195 countries approved what the New York Times called a "landmark climate accord" in Paris.
Not surprisingly, President Obama, who has made fighting global warming a cornerstone of his foreign and domestic policies, was delighted. more >>
Recent events show that many contemporary politicians and their minions want the City of God without God, the fruit of Jesus' Kingdom without Jesus, the transforming work of the Holy Spirit without the Holy Spirit, and absolute truth without absolutes.
The dreamers believe devoutly that love, jobs, and climate control will pacify ISIS, and gun laws will stop bloody domestic mayhem. The fantasy-purveyors urge that the rest of us accept their pronouncements as absolutes while telling us that all is relative.
One thinks of the old story about the king convinced he was marching before his subjects richly garbed when the truth was he was naked. A number of today's "kings" are not only bare as the day they were born, but they parade on grand avenues of air. more >>
While President Barack Obama Saturday hailed the ratification of a universal pact, signed by diplomats from 196 nations in Paris to slow global warming by adopting green energy sources and cutting down on emissions, Republicans responded by saying the United States is not legally bound to the agreement without approval by Congress.
"The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis," Obama told reporters, after 196 countries approved the climate accord at the 21st Conference of Parties on Saturday to bring down pollution levels so as to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial averages and "and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels."
"It creates the mechanism, the architecture, for us to continually tackle this problem in an effective way," Obama said. more >>