catherine buchanan

Las Vegas, NV, United States

About catherine

Areas of Expertise

Pollution Prevention, Constructed Wetlands, watershed management, Water Resources Management

An idea worth spreading

Explain the basic physics of how the increase in the ocean's temperature is making the weather worse.

I'm passionate about

preventing pollution.

My TED story

Explainging the effects of climate change so tha people understand. This is not about who is the cause; nature or human, because there will always be disagreement on that argument. People don't seem to understand how the storms are getting worse. The storms are getting worse due to basic physics.

Everyone knows that water is temperature sensitive. Throw a cup of water out on a hot sidewalk and watch it evaporate. The temperature of the ocean has increased by two to three degrees. The oceans also have the largest surface area. Increase in temperature results in an increase in evaporation. Water vapor has mass, which is basically weight. Put a cloud in a jar and the water weight of the cloud is massive. The law of motion is a body in motion tends to stay in motion, a body at rest tends to stay at rest, until an external force is applied. Force = mass times accelertion. Momentum = mass times velocity. In both equations, increase the mass and the Force and Momentum are increased.

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catherine buchanan
Posted 11 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
education is not limited to four walls, a blackboard and a traditionally trained person. teaching comes in many forms. the problem with this nation is that people are not encouraged to exchange ideas outside of the classroom. the mantra of things you are not supposed to talk about: politics and religion. everything is political. if everyone keeps their mouths closed and does not talk about what they have heard or what they have seen, then we have an under educated society. education also includes talking and actively listening and conducting comprehensive discussions about all matters that happen everyday.
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
poor economic metrics or just from people who crave power? you are right in saying that corporations externalize costs. however, there are many costs that are left to the taxpayer to pick up, such as the bp gulf debacle, the invasion of iraq, the logging roads built to accommodate the logging industry...all of those expenses are not included in the model. i believe the externalities are conveniently ignored. other externalities that are ignored are the drinking water facilities that must upgrade their facilities to filter out toxins and deadly bacteria from the chemical industries and the cattle industry. i believe if the companies were made to be responsible for actual costs, then more than half of what has been polluting our ecosystems would come to an immediate halt because those businesses would not be profitable.
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
in order to understand why gmos are not good, you need to understand how the body absorbs the nutrients in the food. gmos are created through recombinant dna, meaning they split the dna molecule and insert another strand of dna. for anyone who understands anything about structures, if you split anything and add something else to it, you effectively change the structure of the chain. the body absorbs the nutrients because it's like a lock and key system. a nutrient has a specific shape that is able to fit into the lock that our bodies contain. now, through recombinant dna, the shape of the key has been changed. how can our bodies effectively use the nutrient anymore? there have been no studies conducted that yield conclusive evidence that our bodies are able to absorb all the nutrients needed from gmo foods. as a matter of fact, aren't we seeing skyrocketing numbers of diabetes, autism, and other neurological disorders occurring?
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
why is the united states not pushing to bring the compressed air car here? we could use solar power to fill up the air tanks. so this would be an almost closed loop business venture. these cars would be perfect for smaller communities and retirees that travel back and forth in golf carts. the air car is a superb technological answer that could help the overall picture.
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
i, being of american descendant, would love it if cc's boat sank and was never recovered. he was a murderer and raper of resource rich areas. he literally massacred the tainos of puerto rico to extinction. we are constantly spending billions to clean our air and water in order to be able to be alive. that is not a good quality of life. we have outrageous numbers of cancers, asthma, autism, and numerous other technologically created diseases. so the voyage of cc taught us that raping and massacreing indigenous people was acceptable. and soon, others followed in his footsteps.... what a huge gigantic mess that has been created because cc and others had greater "technology" than the indigenous.
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
the only answer is education, freedom of information. the organic consumer market is growing in leaps and bounds. people are choosing to eat meat from small ranchers that treat their animals with respect. people are demanding products with no toxins, which is why the companies that put chemicals into their products are coming out with lines that are chemical free. there are more companies that do not test on animals. there is absolutely no reason to put that garbage into products in the first place. there is absolutely no reason to test on animals at all. and people are getting it. more and more are learning there are alternatives. there are more people choosing a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle because they want to be healthy and they do not want to be associated with cruelty. more communities are establishing organic community gardens. the people are waking up. i just wish they would wake up at a faster rate. and we will always have that part of the population who will want to sleepwalk through life.
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
yes and no. when those toxic products came out, people were actually unaware that the stuff could kill you. the belief is if the government allows it, then, it must not be harmful. many of the corporations that add toxic chemicals to make-up are located right here in the united states. how many people still believe that mineral oil is a good product to use for dry skin and to ingest when you are constipated? mineral oil is a by-product of the crude oil refining process. it's a drying agent. the lotion companies are lying to you. what about the benzene ring being added to perfumes that are manufactured by top end companies? regarding the food: in the 80's reagan and bush sr put over 200,000 small family farms out of business. bush sr is even caught on video tape telling the chemists from monsanto that he is the deregulator and he will make sure monsanto gets the market. now we have bill after bill coming out that seem small farm friendly, but actually are not. there is one bill that stated that the government will actually take away the farmland if the government does not believe that the farmer is using the land in the manner that the government believes it should be used. food used to all be organic and it was affordable because it came direct from your local farmer. now it's made in a lab and controlled by very few biochemical companies, which are always claiming to be the ones to provide mass amounts of food that is healthy. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG on every level. i don't understand how technology will be able to get us out of this mess when technology put us into the fire in the first place. and the politicians refuse to make policy to help us get out this mess. they keep destroying crops from small organic farms at harvest time. they keep allowing plastics to be made. they keep allowing toxics to enter our food and cosmetics. more technology is not the answer.
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catherine buchanan
Posted 12 months ago
Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems?
the problem is that all major problems are related to technology. the plastics that people throw on the sidewalk instead of depositing it in the garbage bin that they walked past are developed using technology. we still use styrofoam by the ton. why hasn't technology developed products that will easily disintegrate when exposed to uv light? there are some products that are made with truly biodegradable material, but not enough. why has policy not been put in place to ensure the development of alternative biodegradable materials will be increasingly developed so we can phase out the bad plastics? we produce toxic by-products by the megaton, everyday. cancer causing by-products are permitted to be used in cosmetics. why? so that the manufacturing companies do not have to pay massive hazardous waste disposal fees because that cost would eat into their profit which would go towards the value of their stock. why do they test these nasty toxics on animals? so that the maximum concentration threshold of an irritant may be found. the united states population is the largest hazardous waste disposal facility since numerous other governments have forbidden the use of cancer causing compounds in cosmetics. don't believe me? then why is toluene permitted to be used in make-up?