Global Warming ENVIROKU


Global warming, climate changes
Enviroku : environmental haiku

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ondanka 温暖化

History of Climate Changes
Naomi Oreskes

Scientific research on carbon dioxide and climate dates to the 19th century, when Irish scientist John Tyndall established that CO2 is a greenhouse gas -- meaning that it traps heat and keeps it from escaping to outer space. In the 19th century, this was understood as a fact about our planet, one that made it hospitable to life, but did not have any political implications.

Read the full article here:
The Long Consensus On Climate Change
Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2007


global warming -
trying to figure out
facts and fiction

Climate hysteria, by Bjorn Lomborg


Reaching For the Moon At Sundance
By William Booth


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Japan for Sustainability

"We share information on developments and activities originating in Japan that lead toward sustainability, with the aim of building momentum toward a sustainable path for the world."


climate changes -
this icicle drips
too fast

© Haiku and Photo Gabi Greve, February 2007

... ... ...

february sun -
the growing threat of
global warming

... ... ...


global warming -
up to the roof
in heavy snow

© Gabi Greve, December 22, 2005


climate change
these autumn trees
half full or half empty

- Bill Kenney, USA, November 2007


cool the earth ...
I wish it was
that easy

This little poem came to mind when I found this site about a contest for ideas to do just that ... cool the earth ...

Restraining global warming and promoting health through reducing the amount of meat-eating and total dietary intake
Mr. Tetsuro Mori (Tokyo)

By changing our food culture, for example, by reducing animal food like meat, fish and dairy products, and by promoting reduction of the total dietary intake, health problems are solved. At the same time, energy consumption caused by food intake and thus greenhouse gas (GHG) emission are reduced.

Although more and more people have been reducing intake based on the belief that decreased dietary intake is good for health and animal eating is not, science behind them is less than clear-cut. If the effect is confirmed by epidemiological and other research, policy changeover and promotion of related business can be expected.

For example, if a Japanese skips one meal a week, it is estimated that approximately seven million tons of CO2 can be reduced a year.

Gabi Greve, January 2008


A frog in water
Doesn't feel it boil in time.
Dude, we are that frog.

(My efforts to persuade the powers-that-be to adopt "dude, we are that frog" as our official slogan, and the frog as our official mascot, are ongoing though as-yet unsuccessful.)

David Roberts


yellow sand
in late december ...
climate changes

Gabi Greve, December 26, 2009

Yellow sand (koosa 黄砂 )
kigo for spring


global worming ...
it snowed today
in Hokkaido

. Gabi Greve, May 26, 2010  

global warming, global worming
global climate disintegration


ondanka fune no goyoo o uketawamarimasu

global warming -
if you need a boat
I am here to help you

. Tsuda Kiyoko 津田清子 .

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Anonymous said...

What's global warming?
A child asks, all serious.
I want longer summers.

Rachel Green

Anonymous said...

Does the icicle drip too fast for an icicle?
Taking into account thatdifferent humans can desire different outcomes from the same event, there are some places on the earth where the effects of global warming will be considered 'detrimental', but there may be other places on the earth where the effects of global warming will be considered 'beneficial'.

nami yue ni nagamijika aru tsurara zoya

Are some icicles long,
Some short?

Onitsura (tr. Blyth)

.. .. ..

Larry Bole

Anonymous said...

A number of bushfires are raging on the outskirts of Perth. On the weekend 16 houses in the township of Dwellingup, about 70 kilometres to the south, were burnt to the ground. Their owners are now homeless.

In the township of Toodyay, 85 kilometres north-east of Perth, a young school teacher was killed when her vehicle crashed as she tried to escape the flames that threatened to engulf her house.
It is not known whether the 26 year old died from injuries she sustained when she was thrown from the car, or whether she was killed by the fire.

in this hell
on earth, nothing left . . .
but memories

Season word: hell on earth (i.e. bushfire) (summer).

-- Richard Kay, Australia, 6 February, 2007


Anonymous said...

global warming:
the debate adding yet more
heat to the air

Larry Bole

Anonymous said...

Being a skeptic, you know, of course, to be wary of climate hysteria hysteria, too.
The status quo is very, very far from healthy.

a friend from USA

Gabi Greve said...


winter in Europe
I no longer have to miss
the tropics

Ella Wagemakers


Dear Ella,
let us hope for a more naturally balanced nature ...


Anonymous said...

shhhh -
will global warming
lower my heat bills

world leader -
he says the jury's still out
on science

Bill Kenney


Dear Bill, hoping for all the worlds heating and cooling bills ..


Anonymous said...

a 1000-year flood
laps my window sill -
the science is flawed

Dick Pettit


Take care of your window, Dick !!!

Gabi Greve said...

First Typhoon in April 2007
and more Environment Haiku


Gabi Greve said...

climate change--
saijiki blown away
by the too-early typhoon!

Larry Bole


Luckily, I got it back !

Anonymous said...

QUOTE from

"In the practice of hospitality, the West has much to learn from poorer countries. In my journeying to Rajasthan I never fail to be overwhelmed by the hospitality of the villagers. In the suffering of the worsening drought it is still a matter of pride, tradition and sheer generosity to offer hospitality to the stranger.

Although in some European countries older traditions of hospitality have not been completely lost, the break-up of community to follow the market's employment opportunities has brought a great loss of open-hearth hospitality. In this respect the North and West are bereaved cultures.

"The Ghanaian theologian Mercy Amba Oduyoye has described how globalization affects ancient African traditions of hospitality. Offering and receiving hospitality is a key indicator of the African emphasis on sustaining the life force at all costs; the market, however, cannot sustain the life of the planet, but instead demands the sacrifice of bio-diversity for the sake of profit.

Hospitality is being weakened today as the extended family is threatened and replaced by the nuclear family and individualism. Worse than this is the ruining of subsistence agriculture in favor of cash crops for exports, or exports that sustain only a few.

[Oduyoye writes:]
'The rest must go hungry, their community dehumanised, and the earth pillaged and the earth polluted. One could sum up all this with the observation that globalization knows nothing of hospitality.' "

An Excerpt from Sacred Longings: The Ecological Spirit and Global Culture by Mary C. Grey

Gabi Greve said...

 The River Ganges in danger ... Global Warming and India


Anonymous said...

The Relationship Between Theology and Ecology
by Ruth Kettman, CSJ

What we do to our Mother Earth
Is just the way
We treat each other

We are "water thinking"
What we do to the rivers
We do to ourselves.

-Verses taken from
Tersely Yours II: Haiku Poetry in Defense of Nature, by Vie Hummert

Haiku originated in Japan: three lines of managed syllables intense with content. Haiku is cryptic and brief, and has something of a shock impact on consciousness. Ecologist and theologian Father Thomas Berry, in an introduction to Tersely Yours II, writes "It evokes a response before a person can engage in any logical process of apprehension. It provides inspiration before resistance can be activated."

This approach is very helpful when we become complacent in our relationship to the earth and the environment.

Rejecting climate change
Is like telling a mirror
"My hair isn't growing."

- From Tersely Yours II

More is here

Anonymous said...

Japan's Wild Scientific Genius: Minakata Kumagusu

by Roger Pulvers

To Minakata, local shrines, surrounded by sacred trees, were the symbol of genuine Japanese nature worship.

Minakata created a mandala to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all natural phenomena. He wrote of the "three ecologies": the ecologies of biology, society and the mind. By fusing these three into a world view that necessitated the conservation of nature, he stands as a global pioneer in the ecology movement. His philosophy and actions can teach us a great deal today.

Read it all here

Anonymous said...

Menschlicher Alptraum.
Radioaktive Masche.
Tränen im Himmel.

Chris Herrmann

Haicai (Lágrimas no Céu)

Pesadelo Humano.
Máscara radioativa.
Lágrimas no céu.


Anonymous said...

Broken Ice in Antarctica
March 2008

On Tuesday, scientists from the British Antarctic Survey announced that there had been an enormous fracture on the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf, which started breaking last month.

That province of ice, a body of permanent floating ice about the size of Connecticut, lies on the western edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, the part of the continent regarded as most vulnerable to climate change. Scientists flew over the break — itself covering some 160 square miles — and what they saw is remarkable: huge, geometrically fractured slabs of ice and, among them, the rubble of a catastrophic breach. A great swath of the ice shelf is being held in place by a thin band of ice.

What matters isn’t just the scale of this breakout. Changes in wind patterns and water temperatures related to global warming have begun to erode the ice sheets of western Antarctica at a faster rate than previously detected, and the total collapse of the Wilkins ice shelf is now within the realm of possibility.

It also comes as a reminder that the warming of Earth’s surface is occurring much faster at the poles than it is in more temperate regions. It is easy to think of ice as somehow temporary, but scientists say that the Wilkins ice shelf may have been in place for at least several hundred years.


Anonymous said...

from Japan Times, April 29, 2008


Hunger in a world of plenty
The world faces serious shortages of food. Markets are failing and people are starving. Despite historical levels of wealth, unequaled access to technology and unparalleled communications, experts now forecast a structural shift in global demand that will keep prices high and people hungry. This is shameful. Steps can and must be taken.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that food prices have risen 45 percent on average since last summer. This follows an increase of 37 percent over the previous two years. The World Bank says the average price of staple foods has risen 80 percent since 2005.

The prices of wheat and rice have doubled in the last year, and maize is now one-third more expensive. Already this year, rice prices hit a 19-year high, wheat prices rose to a 28-year high and are almost two times the average price of the last 25 years. The FAO expects the price of cereals to climb 56 percent this year. And this is despite an anticipated 2.6 percent increase in production to a record 2.16 billion tons.

While climbing food prices hit all consumers, their impact on less developed countries is far greater: Those citizens spend 50-60 percent of their income on food. It is no surprise, then, that food riots have broken out in a number of African countries, Haiti, Indonesia and the Philippines. Army troops have been deployed to guard food warehouses in Thailand and Pakistan. The FAO estimates that 37 countries face food crises and the possibility of serious social unrest as a result of food shortages.

There is no single or simple answer to explain the shortages. Bad weather in food producing countries — drought in Canada and Australia, excessive rain and cold in the United States — has been a factor. Seed prices have not been immune to rising prices worldwide: The FAO reckons maize seeds are 36 percent more expensive, and wheat seeds have increased twice that much.

Skyrocketing oil prices have pushed the price of fertilizer up 59 percent and feed is now 62 percent more expensive. Ironically, other experts identify rising affluence as a contributing factor. An Indian official noted that "going from one meal a day to two meals a day for 300 million people increases demand a lot." New wealth in China compounds that demand.

As prices rise, producers are holding off on sending foods to the market, hoping they will make even more money as supplies fall. (That is a self-fulfilling prophecy.) But some governments are making matters worse by restricting food exports — a natural response to shortages, but one that adds to upward pressure on international prices. India and Vietnam, two key rice producers, slammed the doors shut earlier this year, creating a 40 percent spike in prices in just three days.

It is now reported that other governments are responding with bilateral deals with food producers to secure their own supplies. Those agreements provide some certainty for importers, but they also decrease supplies on the global market, and keep prices high.

A final contributing factor has been the push to develop greener fuels and to decrease reliance on oil from the Middle East. It is estimated that 8 million hectares of land that once produced maize, wheat, soya and other crops for animal feed and food have been taken out of production in the U.S. and are now being devoted to biofuels. A similar diversion of land is occurring in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Lester Brown, director of the Earth Policy Institute, a U.S. think tank, argues that the land now used for biofuels would have fed nearly 250 million people: "In the last two years the U.S. has diverted 60 million tons of food to fuel."

Plainly, only a coordinated multilateral response will have an impact. First, and most immediately, governments have to provide funds to help stave off crises. That means providing the World Food Program with at least $500 million to cover existing funding shortfalls.

In addition, developing countries need money to buy seeds, fertilizer and feed. The FAO puts that price tag at between $1.2 billion and $1.7 billion. The World Bank will make a start by doubling its aid to the agriculture sector in Africa from $450 million to $800 million.

Over the longer term, investment in agricultural infrastructure is essential to ensure that crops get from the fields to the market. Energy efficiency must also increase. Perhaps the most important step forward would be the successful completion of the Doha Round of trade negotiations — as originally intended. These talks were supposed to focus on developing country needs.

That meant lifting barriers to agricultural markets in developed countries. Sadly, that ambitious — and critical — objective has not been met. As a result, trade-distorting agricultural subsidies and protection continue, hurting the world's poorest and weakest citizens. Enough is enough.


Anonymous said...

After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.

Vladimir Kovalyonok (Astronaut)

Anonymous said...

vegetarian food ...
global warming
as we chew

Vegetarian Food Fair

City of the Dharma Realm located in Sacramento, California

Gabi Greve said...

eco points ...
may our haiku get
upgraded too

Read the eco points story here in the Japan Times

anonymous said...

retreating glacier–
how long since we’ve heard
the black wolf’s song

Billie Wilson, MH 38.1, 2007
Alaska Haiku