Today's NY Times daily briefing leads with that photo, and this:
A red-tailed hawk that was rescued recently after being injured by a methane flame in Lyndhurst, N.J. Wasteland there attracts 280 species of birds, but it has a permanent, near-invisible danger.
Of course, we can imagine ourselves as hawks, right? We do, part of the human spirit to do that.
The beauty in this photo was scorched, over its fields, by a "near-invisible" methane flame.
We can imagine ourselves into that too, right? Bad!
Methane is a greenhouse (read heat trapping) gas on steroids, approximately 30 times as potent as carbon dioxide. Methane is the primary component of "natural" gas, the kind we frack and drill for fuel. Other major sources of methane include livestock farming (think manure), landfills and waste (the source in our red-tail story), rice agriculture, and more.
We are now allowing ourselves to be sloppy, wasteful and dangerous our kids and theirs (not to mention to the hawks) by the cheap and lazy ways we deal with Methane.
Here is a good guide, for kids the Methane capture and use:
Note: this link is still up on the EPA site! It has not yet been replaced with kids stories of the beauty of the new coal age. That is, it has not yet been noticed by the President, not by Scott Pruitt. Shhhh, let's keep it under our hat until their reign of terror on the natural world falls.
We need to turn the tide on Climate Change and the Sixth Extinction.
In order to turn that tide we need to shift our investments, make them wisely
One critical investment we need to make is in a sweeping effort to capture and reuse methane - turn it into a sustainable source of fuel, keep it from trapping heat in our atmosphere - driving up our temperatures.
Let's do this thing