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Happy April and happy Earth Day month! What beauty there is in nature.

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Wow.

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See this sobering graph from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA):

As the data show, China is now burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world — combined. And despite impressive support from Beijing for renewable energy and a dawning understanding about the dangers of air pollution, coal use in China is poised to continue rising, if slower than it has in recent years. That’s deadly for the Chinese people — see the truly horrific air pollution in Beijing this past month — and it’s dangerous for the rest of the world. Coal already accounts for 20% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, making it one of the biggest causes of man-made climate change. Combine that with the direct damage that air pollution from coal combustion does to human health, and there’s a reason why some have called coal the enemy of the human race.

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When Did This Happen?

I see pictures
People who used to be 13
Will always be 13, to me
Who look older now, are older
Faces have lines, bodies heavier
Who have children of their own
 
Glaze over the past
As if in a hazy, distant dream
A life that used to be everything 
I can’t go there —
It hurts too much
 
I don’t understand time
I struggle with it 
Like a picture I can’t quite make out
But so desperately want to see
I try again and again
 
I miss those days
I felt like I knew myself
In a different, more honest
More purely optimistic way
I didn’t struggle quite so much
 
I know it wasn’t easy
But it feels like it was
Looking back now