It’s been a while since “What’s Hot” was posted, and a lot has happened. Trump is now President of the US, for better or worse. What the impact will be is not entirely known, although he has installed possibly the worst cabinet imaginable with respect to the environment. Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma Attorney General and industry shill, caps the list of robber barons as the newly nominated head of the EPA . Although in typical Trump fashion he is sending mixed signals. He recently cancelled the Transpacific Partnership, which may actually be a good move for the environment, because the TPP would Continue reading What’s Hot in Climate Change, Jan 2017
How can we have “global warming” and still have monster snow storms and frigid winters? Somehow that never made sense to me, until one day I stumbled upon the answer. How global warming causes extreme weather came to me in a revelation about five years ago from an insurance company, Swiss Re, that had written a report about how climate change effects insurance payouts. Swiss Re is a “reinsurance” company that insures other insurance companies. “Reality-based” organizations, like the U.S. military, or large insurance corporations that pay out millions of dollars of claims money, tend to focus on pesky details like evidence, cost versus benefit, and their Continue reading How can we have extreme winter AND global warming??
Winter kills. Extreme cold weather affects the elderly and very young children who can’t keep themselves warm, the homeless living on the street, and the poor who have to choose between food or heat. Also, people who get trapped in their cars, or end up in an auto accident due to slippery roads, are also paying the price of extreme winter weather. The homeless are especially at risk. When I was in medical school during my vascular surgery rotation at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, one night we amputated both feet of a homeless veteran due to massive frostbite and gangrene. This happened in a big Continue reading Who Survives Extreme Winter Storms?