Category Archives: Climate change

New diseases are a predictable result of our attack on nature

This was one of my conclusions in 1972, after 9 months of studying the available evidence. We have had “lucky” calls with Ebola, Zika, SARS, AIDS and several others. Our luck is still holding: despite the global panic, COVID19 is … Continue reading

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Virus or no, climate change is still a bigger threat

COVID19 may well end up killing millions of people. It is a severe crisis. However, climate change has already killed tens of millions of people, and is likely to kill billions. So, it is important to understand the natural mechanisms … Continue reading

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Red snow celebrates summer in Antarctic autumn

You can see more spectacular pics on the Facebook page of an Ukrainian Antarctic research station, but they are copyrighted. The red colour is an algal bloom. This is perfectly natural in high summer, and the algae are food for … Continue reading

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Great Australian Bight SAVED

The Great Australian Bight is one of the marine wonderlands of this planet. It is the breeding place for several whale species. Its kelp forests are under attack from warming waters, but even so are the home of many endangered … Continue reading

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No, I won’t jump off the planet

Once a month, I participate in Rhobin Courtright’s round robin on writing. This month’s topic was how politics influences what I write. Well, it STRANGLES MY WRITING! The issue inspired me to write a major essay on how to cope … Continue reading

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Disaster relief that addresses the cause of the disaster

Wealth can be addictive, and greed is the worst force destroying everything. But if you happen to have lots of money and refuse to be addicted, it can be a resource for changing the world for the better. Allow me … Continue reading

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India will stop importing thermal coal by 2024

Good news indeed, although part of their way of doing it is to mine more coal in India. However, they do have one of the world’s most ambitious large scale solar plans as well. Australian politics has been riven by … Continue reading

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No, I won’t jump off the planet

Heaven knows, I have plenty of inducement. But there is a reason for being, and continuing, and striving for sanity. Every day, I feel the need to check the news. Every day, I wish I hadn’t. Worldwide, politics has gone … Continue reading

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Bumbling toward extinction

Who are some of the most important people on this planet? Bumblebees, that’s who. They pollinate a great many plants, including those that form wilderness, and those you eat. No pollination, no life. And a recent large-scale historical study demonstrates … Continue reading

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Labor politician’s call to action on climate

Andrew Leigh is a senior member of Australia’s opposition. In response to one of his newsletters, I wrote this to him: Andrew, that’s a great report. Thank you. However, I have a beef with the ALP regarding climate policy. Officially, … Continue reading

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