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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Environment Canada to slash 776 jobs

To read an article entitled, "Environment Canada to slash 776 jobs" please click on the following link: 

Why is the Government of Canada reducing the number of scientists  who are involved in researching climate change, weather forecasting and protecting nature? Apparently,according to this article  people who are losing their jobs in weather forecasting  are losing them as  a result of the fact that the government of Canada would rather have automated weather stations gathering weather information than humans!!! How can the Government rationalize this?

According to the article, "Automatic Weather Stations for Agricultural and Other Applications" which you can read at: ,:

 AWS suffer a number of disadvantages. These are:
  • Some elements are difficult to automate (e.g. cloud cover)
  • AWS require a large capital investment
  • AWS are less flexible than human observers
Why is the Government of Canada choosing to spend  so much tax-payer money on AWS when this 
money could be used for more important things? In addition why is the Government of Canada choosing
to employ technology which is not perfected for forecasting weather? I say this because at the website:

"At present, automated airport weather stations are unable to report a variety of meteorological conditions. These include: 
  • shallow or patchy fog
  • blowing dust
  • smoke
  • falling ash
  • volcanic eruptions
  • tornadoes
  • precipitation that is not in the form of rain or snow, such as hail, ice pellets and snow grains
  • multiple forms of precipitation falling at the same time
  • depth of new snowfall
  • total snow depth
  • in-cloud and cloud-to-cloud lightning
  • clouds that are not directly above the station
  • clouds that are more than twelve thousand feet above ground level
  • cloud type

"Because many of these (conditions)  can pose dangers to aircraft and all of these are of interest to the meteorological community, most of the busier airports also have part-time or full-time human observers which augment, or provide additional information to, the automated airport weather station's observations. Research is on-going to allow the automated stations to detect many of these phenomena.
Automated stations can also suffer from mechanical breakdown, requiring repair or replacement. This can be either due to physical damage (either natural or human caused), mechanical wear, or severe icing during winter weather. During system outages, human observers are often required to supplement missing or non-representative observations from the automated station."

So now we must ask the question: Is the Government of Canada placing Canadians who use aircraft flight, at risk by using these automated  weather stations instead of humans? Is the Government placing all of us in more danger (in terns of possibly creating circumstances in which more aircraft may crash and kill passengers,crew members and innocent people on the ground,) by forcing Environment Canada to use AWS instead  of humans, when these  devices may not be suitable for use in certain kinds of weather conditions? I wonder!!

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

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A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.