Canada’s Ice Caps Contributing to Sea Level Rises States UC Irvine Study

February 22, 2017 – When we read about sea level rise the usual suspects are Greenland and Antarctica. Sometimes alpine glaciers get honourable mention. But seldom do you hear ... Continue Reading →

Looking for an Exotic Cruise – How About One Over the North Pole?

February 21, 2017 – If you like cruising, and have been almost everywhere, then the MOSAiC project announcement yesterday is one for you. A group of researchers is planning to ... Continue Reading →

When Humans Chose to Farm They Picked the Wrong Staple Crops to Grow

February 18, 2017 – We think of the Neolithic or Agricultural Revolution as the defining beginnings of modern human civilization. With the rise of farming, humans moved from hunter-gatherers ... Continue Reading →

Sea Ice at the Poles Shrinking Both North and South

February 16, 2017 – Reports of Arctic sea ice coverage this year indicated the second lowest level since we began keeping records (1979). Lower sea ice in the Arctic has been ... Continue Reading →

Armyworms on the March in Africa – Pose a Major Threat to Food Production

February 15, 2017 – One of the consequences of greater global integration is the spread of invasive species. In Africa, already feeling the impact of a drying trend associated ... Continue Reading →

China Spending Billions to Make Rain

February 14, 2017 – China tried rainmaking during its hosting of the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Cannons fired silver iodide and dry ice shells into the skies around the ... Continue Reading →

Evidence of the Anthropocene Found in the Deepest Ocean Trenches of the Planet

February 14, 2017 – On Valentine’s Day I want to talk about love of planet. In this year’s January-February issue of Discover magazine, a review of the 100 top science ... Continue Reading →

A Visit to a Volcano Speaks of Untapped Geothermal Energy Potential

February 9, 2017 – It is the last day of our two-week stay here in Costa Rica. Yesterday we visited Rincon de la Vieja, the largest volcano in the country, and a source of geothermal ... Continue Reading →

Unintended Consequences of Trump’s New Wall

January 26, 2017 – When you build a wall to keep out people you also create unintended consequences including changes to the environment, wildlife migration and water flow. In ... Continue Reading →

Alternative Facts Began with Climate Change Denial and Now Have Spread to Voting and Crowd Size

January 25, 2017 – When Kelly Ann Conway brazenly described U.S. press secretary’s claims on the size of the crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration as alternative facts, ... Continue Reading →