Warning: dying insect populations threaten our future

Summary: While we obsess over climate change, other severe threats grow worse. Previous posts discussed our dying oceans. Today we look at the rapid decay in the health of insect populations. If it continues, this could have horrific effects. "Vanishing Act: Why Insects Are Declining and Why It Matters" By Christian Schwägerl in Yale360 "Insect … Continue reading Warning: dying insect populations threaten our future

Are 30 thousand species going extinct every year?

The Sixth Extinction

Summary: The warnings become increasingly dire and shrill as we approach November’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. One theme warns about the increasing rate of extinctions, described with astonishing numbers -- and projected to add humanity to the endangered species list. As usual, these claims distract attention from serious and imminent threats, such … Continue reading Are 30 thousand species going extinct every year?

We must rely on forecasts by computer models. Are they reliable?

Summary: Computer models have opened a new era across the many fields of science. Our confidence in their forecasts has opened a new era in scientists' ability to influence public policy. Now come the questions. How can we determine the accuracy and reliability of these models, knowing when their forecasts deserve our confidence? What can … Continue reading We must rely on forecasts by computer models. Are they reliable?