Monday, February 20, 2012

SkyTruth!

Photo by Vicki & Chuck Rogers 

Those of a certain age will remember a television series named Sky King that chronicled the adventures of a pilot who used his vantage point in the sky to reveal ne’r-do-wells and lay bare evil plots.
Satellites and the Internet have taken that idea to a whole new level. The website SkyTruth “uses pictures taken from orbiting satellites and aircraft to show people the impacts of our activities on the planet.”
On Feb. 9th’s blog, SkyTruth highlighted an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has been leaking crude oil since 2004. Both the website and the blog keep an eye on environmental concerns such as the Upper Green River Valley gas drilling in Wyoming and mountaintop removal coal-mining in Appalachia.  
It’s yet another example of the intersection of today’s technologies, communication abilities, and environmental awareness that were not dreamed of in the 1950s’ days of Sky King--which after all, were not really all that long ago.
Now “Out of the blue of the Western sky comes” — SkyTruth!

7 comments:

  1. I hope this gets more exposure so people learn about these things.

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  2. And I remember his intrepid niece Penny.  How come those 50s heroes never had their own kids?

    Aerial surveilance  is wonderful stuff. And it's amazing how detailed those satellite photos can be!

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  3. That why I now wear hats and never look up.

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  4. A wonderful piece, Pat.  We were so innocent back in the 50's.  I teared up when I heard The Star Spangled Banner or saw the flag go by in a parade.  I believed that our country was different, and that good always prevailed even if a few rogues tried to take advantage.  Oh, those were the days.  Now even heroes are suspect.  Come back, Sky King, Lone Ranger, and Superman.  We need you!

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  5. Read their Feb 9th blogpost---shocking---so, I can't help wondering why this spill gets no press.  Have we become numb to environmental disasters?!

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  6.  Thanks Patricia - all of us here at SkyTruth are proud to be placed in such noble company!  Our goal is to make it possible for everybody to be a "skytruther," so we can all be superheroes once in a while.  Check out SkyTruth Alerts -- http://alerts.skytruth.org/ -- and our blog, Twitter and Facebook page to keep up with our progress.

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  7. Why oh why do comments not show up so you can see them???  Here's one from John Amos of SkyTruth:
     Thanks Patricia - all of us here at SkyTruth are proud to be placed in such noble company!  Our goal is to make it possible for everybody to be a "skytruther," so we can all be superheroes once in a while.  Check out SkyTruth Alerts -- http://alerts.skytruth.org/ -- and our blog, Twitter and Facebook page to keep up with our progress.By John Amos on SkyTruth! on 2/26/12

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