Polar Vortex Breakdown Strikes Asia

The polar vortex, despite its brow-furrowing name, is actually pretty easy to understand:  High velocity winds circulate around the Arctic, essentially separating Arctic air from other air masses.  The jet stream rarely wanders into the Arctic to upset this pattern (well, that at least used to be true – more on that in another post), […]

The Gentlest of Rebukes?

Last night I received an email from reader “S”.  Unfortunately, I read it very late at night.  I say “unfortunately” because I stayed awake for some time after reading it, thinking over its contents.  The email could be said to be gentle encouragement.  It could also be said to  be a gentle rebuke.  I take […]

Linear, Exponential, Disengaged

Below are three graphs.  The first of these is representative of a linear increase in something.  That is to say, this graph shows a steady increase leading to a predictable impact.  Our minds work best in a linear context where we can see a trend and readily extrapolate the impact on our lives.  We can […]

First Northern Africa, Now Southern Africa

Three and four years ago, when I was giving Planet In Distress seminars, I would point to a food insecurity map of Africa and say of the countries that were indicated as food insecure, “This is where we will see conflict next.”  All the food insecure countries at that time were in Northern Africa.  As […]

Pope’s Plan Being Implemented

A landmark lawsuit has been making its way to court over the past two years.  A group of 21 young people and pre-eminent climate scientist James Hansen are suing the federal government in an attempt to force the government to base climate policy on current science.  This would have the practical effect of forcing the […]

How Storm Jonas Ties Everything Together

I was going to sit down and write a post about mega-blizzard Jonas that is now bearing down on the US East Coast.  The storm will miss Maine, where I live (and where we take such storms in stride) and will hit the heavily-populated mid-Atlantic region (where they pretty much panic over such storms and […]

The Oceans Are Dying (Faster Than Ever)

I have written many posts here about the speed at which the oceans are collapsing and disorganizing.  I have also suggested that all earth systems are in accelerating decay at roughly the same rate, but we have the best historic data (and best current data sources) on our oceans, so the decline is most obvious […]


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