WallyWood PriceGuide art 1500 crop

a little personal background information

WHEN REQUIRED TO POST A PROFILE on the in­ternet, I usu­ally write, “Mys­tical lib­eral likes long walks alone at night in the dark in the city in the rain with an um­brella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this bit of irony works for some readers, others want a little more in terms of per­sonal back­ground information. [Continue reading]

BigThaw Russia soybean field 1500 crop

russia could dominate a warming world after the big thaw

THE INABILITY OF RUSSIAN FARMERS to pro­vide enough food for the people was a problem under both the Czars and the So­viets and re­mains a problem today. But the big thaw that global cli­mate change is causing may be “pro­pelling enor­mous human mi­gra­tions as it trans­forms global agri­cul­ture and re­makes the world order and no country stands to gain more than Russia.” [Continue reading]

FireFueledThunderclouds 1500 crop

wildfire clouds can spew as many aerosols into the atmosphere as a volcanic eruption

MASSIVE WILDFIRE CLOUDS can be as dan­gerous as vol­canic erup­tions in some re­spects. As wild­fires be­come more common, these clouds are be­coming a greater hazard. This is ad­dressed in the ar­ticle “Tow­ering fire-fueled thun­der­clouds can spew as many aerosols as vol­canic erup­tions,” which“As warming worsens wild­fires, it may create con­di­tions ripe for stronger py­rocu­mu­lonimbus clouds.”  [Continue reading]

BlackstoneGlacier Alaska 1500 crop

alaska’s melting glaciers could lead to major disturbances in climate

ShellOil AOC oilfield 1500 crop

shell oil versus octavia-cortez and thunberg

GLOBAL CONGLOMERATE SHELL OIL (aka Shell Global and Royal Dutch Shell PLC), one of the gi­ants in the fossil-fuel in­dustry, had what was in­tended as a pub­licity move turned on them from var­ious sources. This in­cluded tweets from two promi­nent names in the green en­ergy movement.

An ar­ticle ti­tled “Shell’s cli­mate poll on Twitter back­fires spec­tac­u­larly” on The Guardian web­site opened with these lines:

“A cli­mate poll on Twitter posted by Shell has back­fired spec­tac­u­larly, with the oil com­pany ac­cused of gaslighting the public. [Continue reading]

MitchellsCove 1500 1

climate change and bad luck gave us extreme weather of august 2020

MOST OF US NEVER HEARD OF “DRY LIGHTNING” until re­cently. It is cloud-to-ground light­ning without any nearby rain­fall. A dry light­ning storm over Mitchell’s Cove in Santa Cruz, Cal­i­fornia, caused more than 10,000 bursts of light­ning be­tween Au­gust 15 and Au­gust 19, 2020, which in turn set off dev­as­tating wild­fires across Cal­i­fornia.

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IrishClimateCase

climate activists took the irish government to court and won!

IRELAND GETS A WAKE-UP CALL! Ac­cording to the ar­ticle “This Land­mark Cli­mate Case in Ire­land Might Be ‘Huge’ for the Rest of Eu­rope Too” by James Hutchings-Holes for Global Cit­izen (Au­gust 4, 2020), “Cli­mate ac­tivists took on the gov­ern­ment and won!” It begins:

“On July 31, the Irish Supreme Court ruled that Ireland’s cli­mate plans just weren’t good enough as judged by the country’s very own stan­dards. [Continue reading]