Heat waves kill hundreds to thousands of people around the world every summer. Global warming is making it worse. An especially hot summer day today will be a normal summer day in the future. And the rare, deadly heat wave of today will become common. In this post we’ll take a deep dive into the medical aspects of heat illness and the link to climate change. According to the CDC, heat is the leading cause of weather related death in the US. From 1999 to 2009 heat exposure killed 7,800 people. Not only that, but heat makes chronic medical problems Continue reading Climate Change, Deadly Heat and You
Today, just a quick post to say that Global Fossil Fuel Divestment Day has begun. So why not take a look at your investments and see if you can switch to something less destructive. Even if you are not an investor, there are still ways you can help. Check out these posts… Why Divest From Fossil Fuels – un-burnable fossil fuels, stranded assets, and corporate welfare Carbon Budgets Explored – how much can we safely burn? I made some easy to look at graphs to help visualize this. Peak Oil Predictions — Only 50 Years Left?! – thoughts on fracking, Saudi Arabia, and just Continue reading Divest and have a Happy(er) Valentine’s Day!
Not that long ago, Republicans and Democrats agreed that climate change was an import issue. My, how times have changed. Nowadays Republican politicians and pundits are loath to even speak the words. Why the big shift? Maybe big oil campaign donors told them to sing a new tune. Or maybe shadowy billionaires, feeling a threat to their oligarchical rule, are financing the denialist propaganda. By whatever means, it seems like every conservative think tank puts out an endless stream of climate change denying propaganda, that gets amplified by Fox News, and then parroted by every right leaning person in the country; ultimately to Continue reading What would Reagan do??