Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Aug20

Waiting to feel climate change

weather above oklahoma

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Even though the scientific evidence for the dangers of human-made climate change is overwhelming at this point, there is still plenty of skepticism about it among ordinary people and, unfortunately, among policy makers.  An important factor in this situation is that we don’t experience climate; we experience weather and weather is highly variable. (more…)

Aug13

Galapagos green

Iguana in Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are famous for inhabitants like giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.  Nearly the entire archipelago is a national park that carefully preserves this unique environment.  But the Galapagos is also home to over 30,000 people living on four of the islands and involved in the tourist trade, in farming and fishing, and in local businesses.  The human inhabitants need electricity and, like most islanders, have mostly gotten it from diesel generators. (more…)

Aug11

The cost of climate change

Drought

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The costs of climate change are many – from the destruction of ecosystems and the loss of species to increased risk of famine. The famous Stern Review by the British government in 2006 looked at the effects on the world economy.  Eight years later, a recently released report focuses on the financial bottom line in the U.S., providing an assessment of how unmitigated climate change will add up over the remainder of this century. (more…)

Aug08

Climate change and human development

Coping with climate change

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There is much public discussion about the role of human activities in the changing climate but one research study looked at a diametrically opposite concept:  the role of changing climate in the development of human culture. (more…)

Aug06

Neonicotinoid pesticides

Anti-Pesticides Rally

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Neonicotinoid pesticides have been known for some time to pose a threat to bees and other pollinators. In fact, last year the European Commission imposed a two-year moratorium banning them on plants that attract bees. But now, research suggests they are a danger to everything from lizards to shellfish. (more…)

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