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Accents After Katrina
Katie Carmichael (Virginia Tech)
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. In the years since, as residents have come and gone and rebuilt their lives, a lot has changed about the city–including, says Katie Carmichael, the way people talk.
Rick Van Noy (Radford University)
Rick Van Noy travelled across the US South interviewing people about floods, heat, and storms. His new book, Sudden Spring, argues that, in many Southern communities, climate change is already here.
Tangier Island Sinking
Kelley Libby (Virginia Humanities)
Residents of Tangier Island could become some of America’s first climate refugees—unless they get a much needed sea wall. Through a partnership with Google, a Virginia project is hoping to raise awareness of Tangier’s plight by allowing people from anywhere in the world to visit the endangered island—virtually.
Anthony Boese (Virginia Military Institute)
Hundreds of thousands of citizens of island nations stand to lose their homes to rising sea levels. Anthony Boese is studying the ethical, political, and economic decisions needed when masses of people are forced to leave their island homelands.
Stephanie Zick (Virginia Tech)
Is there a better way to assess the potential damage of an approaching hurricane? Meteorologist Stephanie Zick believes that studying how, where, and when hurricane loses its power can give us a more accurate picture.
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Today on With Good Reason, one explanation for the problem of Tangier Island was the carbon imprint. The carbon imprint is certainly causing problems. Burning anything, including fossil fuels, causes lung problems and brain problems. However, something as small as a quarter can destroy a satellite causing an incredible chain reaction. A huge percentage of highly educated people said Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Medical doctors prescribed opiates that have caused incredible problems. Google has helped bring in incredible cyber security and personal rights problems. A satellite is extremely small in comparison to the size of the sun. A person can take in a toxic chemical smaller than this comparison to their body size and have horrible problems the rest of their life.
For almost 50 years, I have been telling people that bulldozers are the weapons of mass destruction. Bulldozers have completely changed the topography of the Earth and have leaked all kinds of toxins into the air, land and water. We bulldoze, drill, mine and explode the Earth so that we can have universities and the technology to have NPR. All of this impacts the climate and life on this planet. This impact is way greater than fossil fuels. Wind turbines and solar panels certainly change weather patterns. What is a solution to all the people suffering because of change in their topography – more bulldozing?
Take humans as another example. There are millions of examples where a small head injury has completely changed a person, where an operation has completely changed a person, where a drug has completely changed a person, where an abortion has completely changed a person …
If you are not walking everywhere you go, if you are not growing all the food you eat, if you are not making all the clothes you are wearing then you are helping to make the Earth more polluted, the world more chaotic and the education system less wise.