The AOMC

In Chapter 11 of my first book, Beyond Blind Faith, I wrote about how climate change could disrupt the ocean currents which keep Great Britain’s relatively mild climate from becoming like Russia. Here’s what I said then: About 13,000 – 14,000 years ago, after several thousand years of retreating and Read more…

A Win Win

What if we could increase marine food sources for people while also fighting climate change and preserving—or even increasing—marine biodiversity?[1] That is what Enric Sala, a marine ecologist, wants to do, and it appears to work. Sala wants to set aside approximately 30 percent of the most biodiverse ocean and Read more…

Why is this happening?

Torrential rains and flooding in Vermont and northern New York State. Out-of-control wildfires in Canada. Scorching temperatures in the American Southwest that exceed 110 degrees and could reach 119 degrees in places. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, from 1980 to 2022 an average of 8.1 weather events Read more…

Killer Bacteria

If you are reasonably healthy and get infected by the bacteria vibrio vulnificus you have an 80% chance of survival—which of course means a 20% of dying from the infection.[1] If you have a weakened immune system, your chances of survival drop to about 50%. But don’t worry, because there Read more…

Agroforestry

The Mata Atlantica was a rain forest that once covered 15% of Brazil along its eastern coast. But 93% of that rain forest is now gone—stripped of its trees to make way for farmland. In 1985, native vegetation covered 76% of Brazil. Last year that figure was only 66%. Rain Read more…