I read a review in the paper yesterday that Ralph Keyes has published a new book The Hidden History of Coined Words. For those who don’t know Keyes, he is a popular American author of books that fall into the genre I refer to as brain erotica – popular non-fiction works that deal significantly with … Continue reading New book by Ralph Keyes
I missed a couple of blogging days last week because I was participating in a climate risk course sponsored by the Arqus European University Alliance. I mentioned the seminar in a previous post where I argued that currently living people in industrialized nations have a collective responsibility to take immediate and significant action for mitigating … Continue reading The dangers of Once-lerism
One of my favorite books is The Cat in the Hat. I love how the Cat in the pursuit of “lots of good fun that is funny” releases Things 1 and 2 in the unnamed narrator’s house to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, the superego pet fish repeatedly urges the narrator and his sister Sally to toss … Continue reading The Cat and climate change
This photo of a family displaced by the wildfires raging in Oregon ran in the New York Times on September 11th. The irony of the Fiji water bottle in the middle of the image is striking. The fires in Oregon and California are out of control because of climate change. As California Governor Gavin Newsom … Continue reading Fiji Water in Oregon
Thinking about all that corn yesterday got me pondering another really big number. In an earlier post we noted that 3,7% of all CO2 emissions are caused by on-line video streaming (BTW a pre-corona statistic). We also mentioned that 27% of that streaming is porn and that this would be a topic for a future … Continue reading 359.640.000 tons of porn
In previous blogs we have written about confirmation bias. We have also examined movements like flight shaming, that use guilt to change individual behavior that is damaging to the common good or simply considered societally unacceptable. Today my biased dogma got seriously shamed by some unpleasant karma. You see, when it comes to the environment, … Continue reading My dogma got ran over by your karma
There are a multitude of apocalyptic climate change doom-and-destruction scenarios propagated in the mass media. Among them are “profoundly silly” big-budget films with poor acting and instantaneous ice ages. While these may be entertaining, I doubt that a bizarre Mad Max dystopian scenario awaits humanity as a result of anthropogenic transformation. So, what horrible things … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it …
Recent analysis of NASA satellite data shows that despite the loss of vast tracts of tropical forest, the Earth has grown markedly greener since the turn of the millennium. Researchers at Boston University used satellite data to track the total surface area covered by leaves in the planet’s vegetated zones. They found that between 2000 … Continue reading Plant a Tree – Save the Planet?
The International Energy Agency has released their 2019 World Energy Outlook report and their prognose for our planet is grim. Executive Director, Dr. Faith Birol states that “the world urgently needs to put a laser-like focus on bringing down global emissions” and calls “for a grand coalition encompassing governments, investors, companies and everyone else who … Continue reading Buy Local – Save the Planet?