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 →

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 →

African and Asian Urban Expansion by 2030 Will Impact Critical Farmland

January 25, 2017 – The rapid expansion of Asian and African cities, fueled by rural to urban migration will have a significant impact on croplands and yields by 2030 states a ... Continue Reading →

21st Century Tipping Points: Will Donald Trump be for the 21st Century what Adolf Hitler was for the 20th?

January 21, 2017 – Last month I posted a blog describing 5 tipping points observed in 2016. Number 5 stated: “Electing a climate change denier to the position of President ... Continue Reading →

U.S. Strategic Plan on Global Change Looks at Geoengineering to Counteract Warming

January 20, 2017 – In the latest United States National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021 (NGCRP), the first words of the Executive Summary state, “the global environment ... Continue Reading →

Annual Global Risks Report for 2017 Has Extreme Weather Events at the Top of its List

January 19, 2017 – The World Economic Forum (WEF) publishes an annual risks report citing those factors posing the greatest challenge to the global economy. In its 12th edition, ... Continue Reading →

2016 Set a New Milestone for Global Warming

January 18, 2017 – “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” This quote comes from Ramez Naam‘s book, The Infinite Resource: ... Continue Reading →

The War Over Climate Change Erupts in the United States

January 16, 2017 – By the end of this week a climate change denier will have replaced an action on climate change person as President of the United States. The world will have ... Continue Reading →

Asymmetric Federalism and Decentralization May Be Best Solutions for Governance in Our 21st Century World

January 2, 2017 – A survey of the geopolitics of our 21st century world demonstrates many cracks in the foundations of current government and policy. The late 20th century was ... Continue Reading →