Bad news for India, probably for China, perhaps for the US as well

Peak water might be a more serious problem -- and perhaps happening sooner -- than peak oil.  NASA satellites provide more evidence of the danger.   But as the comment at the end notes, profitable but unsustainable agriculture is the underlying cause of the problem -- and ending it will be the eventual result (but hardly … Continue reading Bad news for India, probably for China, perhaps for the US as well

What about all the hype, the extreme warnings, about swine flu?

We're bombarded with warnings about the next wave of the swine flu epidemic. I don't know what this all means. Any thoughts are welcome!  Other chapters in this series: (2)  Update: about the swine flu epidemic, 9 October 2009 (3)  Is the Swine Flu pandemic being used to an excuse to expand government powers (UK edition)?, … Continue reading What about all the hype, the extreme warnings, about swine flu?

More shockwave events to worry about, in addition to peak oil and global warming

Summary:  about shockwaves, the various catastrophic threats to civilization -- even to life on Earth.  There are so many, often with believers who warn that this threat deserves the most drastic action.  At the end is a recommendation, a better way to prepare. Shockwaves:  low probability but high impact events.  Difficult to predict when they … Continue reading More shockwave events to worry about, in addition to peak oil and global warming

My “wish list” for the climate sciences in 2009

What would put the climate sciences on track to meet our public policy needs?   Here's my list of things that must be done, whatever the cost -- although it would be trivial compared, for instance, to global military spending. Raise the standards when applying science research to public policy questions. Provide greater transparency of data … Continue reading My “wish list” for the climate sciences in 2009

We are so vulnerable to so many things. What is the best response?

Adolescence is a difficult period for boys and girls.  And perhaps, on a different scale, for nations -- and even for a species gifted with sentience (of a sort).  We learn that the world is a dangerous place, and that death is a reality -- for nations and species as well as individuals. Perhaps that … Continue reading We are so vulnerable to so many things. What is the best response?