United States Climate Alliance

As I was researching for another blog post this afternoon, I came across the website for the United States Climate Alliance. I thought the success of the Climate Alliance would be worthwhile highlighting.  I knew that there was a group of governors who recognized the importance of addressing the rate of growth of greenhouse gas emissions. … Continue reading United States Climate Alliance

Plant Extinction

A study published on June 10th in Nature Ecology & Evolution (authors: A.M. Humphreys, R. Govaerts, S. Ficinski, E.N. Lughadha, and M.S. Vorontsova) has indicated that over the past 250 years, 571 plant species have become extinct. Human activity is considered to be the primary reason for the vast majority of these extinctions.  The authors … Continue reading Plant Extinction

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

Our Planet

David Attenborough's new Netflix series, Our Planet, lives up to its hype. I've watched the first episode. It is breathtaking essential viewing. It throws down the gauntlet to all viewers. Its message is either a stark visual warning to provoke action or a video epitaph. Attenborough's narration gives us twenty years to get our act … Continue reading Our Planet

“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

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