A Bludgeon for Climate Change

As a retiree in my seventy-third year, I have time to sit at my computer and ponder questions ranging from the trivial to the profound. I usually find reasonable answers for the former, rarely for the latter.  One question, trivial or profound according to one’s own conscience, is how to convince the US population to … Continue reading A Bludgeon for Climate Change

Congratulations

Congratulations to all the young people of the world who took action yesterday. Hopefully, you've incited the memories of many of your aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents who, too, demonstrated when they recognized that a quake was needed to disrupt a status quo and focus attention on an issue critical to them. True revolution occurs … Continue reading Congratulations

Human Impact on the Climate

Let me admit that writing this posting is cathartic. I'm tired of reading and hearing inanity from climate change skeptics and deniers. On February 25, 2019 the British peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change published "Celebrating the anniversary of three key events in climate change science." Its content was picked up by numerous news outlets. The … Continue reading Human Impact on the Climate

“The Uninhabitable Earth”

When I received my weekly copy of the Economist last Saturday, as usual I went straight to the Books & Arts section. There was a review of a recently published book, in a new genre labeled "climate porn." The book is The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warmingby David Wallace-Wells. It's likely to send climate change … Continue reading “The Uninhabitable Earth”

It Snowed in Hawaii

Speaking of unusual weather.  It snowed in Hawaii yesterday. The Guardian reported this morning that a weather system brought powerful waves and snow to Hawaii on Monday.  Snow blanketed Polipoli Spring State Park on the island of Maui.  Four foot drifts were reported in the park which is at 6,200 feet.  This makes it, likely, … Continue reading It Snowed in Hawaii

Columbus’ Other Legacy

Did you know that in the century and a half after Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World in 1492, the invasion of the Spanish Conquistadors resulted in the deaths from all causes (i.e., introduction of smallpox and other diseases, mass slaughter, infrastructure collapse, etc.) of approximately 90% of the New World's inhabitants by … Continue reading Columbus’ Other Legacy

The Fragility of Life – Extinctions

The Four Horsemen have rampaged Earth all too many times.  The four horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the Bible's Book of Revelation. The four beings that ride white (Conquest), red (War), black (Famine) and pale (Death) horses. Remember Clint Eastwood's Preacher, on the Pale Horse in the film Pale Rider, who symbolized death? Terrific film. … Continue reading The Fragility of Life – Extinctions

Carlin’s Fleas

The Washington Post published an article (May 25th, 2018) citing a University of Reading (UK) Study indicating that 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Multiple agencies (the US NOAA, the UK Met Office, and the World Meteorological Organization) reported that the last four years have been the warmest on record … Continue reading Carlin’s Fleas