PROPERLY, A MYTH is a “traditional story of ostensibly historical events that serves to unfold part of the world view of a people or explain a practice, belief, or natural phenomenon” (Merriam-Webster). But we rarely use that definition today. Most of us use myth with its secondary definition: “an unfounded or false notion.” And that is how it is used in an article in the September 18, 2019, edition of Teen Vogue. READ MORE
GEOENGINEERING IDEAS have been around for decades. Few such ideas have progressed past the thought experiment stage, due in part to concerns that the cure could be worse than the disease. But as dire warnings about climate change’s impacts increasingly dominate the news, geoengineering may once again be getting a closer look.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang proposes funding large-scale government research into massive climate intervention projects such as giant solar radiation-reflecting space mirrors or seeding the ocean with iron to promote blooms of carbon-sequestering algae. READ MORE
RIO SIXAOLA IS A BANANA FARM in Costa Rica one of the first two Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in the world. It contains the only intact mangrove swamp on the Atlantic coast, and La Amistad International Park, a World Heritage site that protects the largest area of undisturbed highland watersheds and forests in southern Central America. It is an internationally renowned model of sustainability. READ MORE
AS SEA LEVELS RISE, a flawed understanding of climate science and the outsize influence that the U.S. nuclear industry exerts on the NRC have converged, increasing the risk of disastrous flood-induced accidents at coastal nuclear power plants around the United States. Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station lies 25 miles south of downtown Miami. It houses two of America’s oldest operating commercial nuclear reactors. READ MORE
WHEN MOSQUITO SEASON brought past dengue outbreaks to regions across the Asian tropics, Nepal hardly had to worry. The high-altitude Himalayan country was typically too chilly for the disease-carrying insects to live. But with climate change opening new paths for the viral disease, Nepal is now reeling from an unprecedented outbreak. At least 9,000 people have been diagnosed with dengue since August. READ MORE
RATHER THAN STICK ALL THE CARTOONS in this one article, I moved all but the featured cartoon by Pat Byrnes (for The New Yorker on September 30, 2019) to other posts on this blog! Yeah, I know: It’s a sneaky way for me to get those of you hooked on climate change cartoons to peruse the other articles.
So, go peruse …
“Can’t you lay off the climate change for one minute and simply enjoy the fall colors?” READ MORE
YOU BROKE OUR GLACIER! That’s a damn clever teaser to get someone surfing the internet to stop a moment and check out the website. The article’s full title is “You broke our glacier: the Mont Blanc resort on the climate frontline” by Angela Giuffrida for The Guardian (September 28, 2019). The subtitle is “Reports that a mass of ice is in danger of breaking away have spurred residents of nearby Courmayeur to demand action.” READ MORE
A LIKELY DOOMSDAY SCENARIO is presented by Emily Atkin in the article “The Blood-Dimmed Tide” for the New Republic (September 16, 2019). “It’s the year 2100. Many of the world’s major powers have spent the last several decades focusing on themselves. Borders have closed. International investments in education and technology have declined. The divide between the developed and undeveloped world has widened. READ MORE
THE NEW YORKER focused on Greta Thunberg today, publishing an article and a featured cartoon. The article is titled “Greta Thunberg Is the Anti-Trump” and was written by Masha Gessen: “She is young and he is old. She is honest and he is a habitual liar. She relies on science and he relies on nothing but his gut. READ MORE