Month: October 2019

Stochastic disaster

As I write this, massive fires are erupting all over California, and massive protests are erupting all over the world. Is the former a facet of the climate crisis? Is the latter a symptom of hyperpolarization caused by hyperconnectivity? Yes, I mean no, I mean it’s impossible to say. That’s what it means to live…

California’s climate dystopia comes true

A firefighting helicopter pumps water during the Magic Fire. Image: Shutterstock / Krista Kennell By Mark Kaufman2019-10-09 21:49:12 UTC On October 9, 2019, Pacific Gas and Electric started the blackouts.  The beleaguered utility, which oversees 125,000 miles of electrical and transmission lines in the fire-plagued Golden State, warned that an unprecedented 800,000 customers, meaning some…

For sea creatures, baseline shows disease as sentinel of change

As global warming increases disease, healthy corals, pictured here, are at greater risk for ecological impacts. Credit: Drew Harvell/Cornell University The health of Earth’s oceans is rapidly worsening, and newly published Cornell-led research has examined changes in reported diseases across undersea species at a global scale over a 44-year period. The findings, published Oct. 9…

Emissions targets a touchy subject in agriculture world

The picture painted by an Environmental Protection Agency report this week is stark. Once again our emissions targets are missed, once again agriculture emerges as the biggest contributor to the failure. It’s a touchy subject in the agriculture world. Unfortunate coincidence that the EPA report was published on the same day the meat and diary…