Saturday soapbox

Saturday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, to muse or amuse.

 

:) kindest, Boris

2 Responses to Saturday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    A painting to contemplate – Artist Anna Boganis.

    It is called “Presentation in the Temple”, a childhood memory of the artist’s but one which evokes an event in the childhood of the Virgin Mary

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  2. TraceyS says:

    No human intervention is perfect or without consequence as the following shows:

    “DESPITE the decline of acid rain, its legacy still taints the rivers of the eastern US, but in an unexpected way. Following stringent air pollution controls, the acid rain that devastated forests, ponds and small streams in the eastern US has been diminishing since its peak in the 1970s.

    Now the opposite problem, excessive alkalinity, has emerged in the same area. New research has found that 62 of 97 large rivers, from New Hampshire to Florida, have become increasingly alkaline since the mid 20th century. “Alkalinity is typically thought of as a good thing,” says Sujay Kaushal at the University of Maryland in College Park, but it can stimulate the overgrowth of algae and wreak havoc with public water supplies (Environmental Science & Technology, doi.org/nkf).

    It looks like alkaline by-products of acid-neutralising processes had built up in the rocks and soil, and are now leaching into the rivers.”

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929322.200-acid-rains-surprising-legacy-in-us-rivers.html#.Uiph4dJHJRY

    We might as well be honest and admit that all of us humans have an impact on the environment through all of our actions, even those with positive aims such as air pollution controls.

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