Posted by: shipbright | September 6, 2009

Sunday Serenity: Theodore Roosevelt

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“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others.”
Address to the Deep Waterway Convention, Memphis, TN, October 4, 1907



    Landsat: A Space Age Water Gauge09.14.09 > Watch Video NASA has released a video illustrating an innovative satellite-based method that maps agricultural water consumption. The new mapping tool, based on Landsat satellite data, received a prestigious Innovations In American Government award from Harvard University’s Ash Institute on September 14.

    “Water specialists Rick Allen, Bill Kramber and Tony Morse use Landsat thermal band data to measure the amount of water evaporating from the soil and transpiring from plants’ leaves – a process called evapotranspiration. Evapotranspiring water absorbs energy, so farm fields consuming more water appear cooler in the thermal band.” Does seeing it from space make us any wiser…..
    (I love space programs, don´t get me wrong. That is why I follow NASA on twitter.)

  2. Shipbright, I came to this site via Shannyn, and I am glad I did. Your voice is needed in so many ways.
    Nowhere near completion of reading all of your posts, I have so far found no disagreement with your assessments. Please keep up the research.

    I was born to the North Sea, and now live on the East side of the Gulf of Mexico. Knowing not merely its vulnerabilities, but also its role as the originator of the “elevator” that is the Gulf Stream, I fear its standstill, or even worse, its reversal through Global Warming.
    I do not think I need to spell out the global consequences.
    Water in all its forms is essential to Life on this planet, and we ignore its importance at our peril.
    May that realization not be too late…

  3. This reminded me of something I found in a book called “Reading for Writing” by Frederick and Ward, which was published during WWII. It contained an excerpt from “Behold our Land”, by Russell Lord.

    The particular article is called “On the Navajo” and describes the cooperation of the Navajo and a Mr. Musgrave, a working ecologist, to RESTORE what has been lost: grass, earth, water nearly 100 years ago. Looks like we still haven`t really solved the problem of conservation. When you read the article you realize what the real problem is though. It is not that there are no solutions. It is that we don´t listen.

    • How wonderful to kow that international connection that is “lettersfromeurope”.
      I have read your thoughtful posts before and shall find the writings you recommend above…

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