This is among the longest pieces I’ve ever published on this blog, a feature I wrote recently on the record high levels of the Great Lakes in general and Lake Ontario in particular. The lakes are even higher now than when this was written a couple of weeks ago. “We must all unite in […]Read more "Great Mistakes"
Many of us were suspicious of global warming theory from the time we became aware of it, likely around 1990 for most of us. People on the political left would suggest that our misapprehensions were due to our blind faith in America and the free market, or just our fear of strange new theories. On […]Read more "It’s not About the Environment After All"
I’ve been preoccupied with politics a lot since the beginning of the year, maybe too much. It seems like everyone is. The tone has grown shrill but the words ever more ineffectual. Late last year I found myself thinking about the often ineffective semblance of dialogue we carry on, talking past each other […]Read more "Our Moment On the Earth"
It’s rained quite a bit this summer and Pittsburgh, as representative of western Pennsylvania, has received 14 inches above normal rainfall for this time of the year. Local rivers were flooding (some extremely) yesterday morning and many Pittsburghers couldn’t make it to work. Few people were going fishing. It put my plans on […]Read more "Seize the (very wet) Day!"
Let’s start easy on this one. I provide food, a living place and clothing for myself by caring for the needs of an elderly group of Pittsburgh’s citizens and the building they live in. The residents don’t give to my charity and I don’t threaten them at gunpoint to give me their money, yet […]Read more "Capitalism As Sustainability Part 1"
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is one of the world’s two major organizations scrutinizing the issue of global warming and working toward advocacy and regulatory objectives. The other is the Non-governmental Panel on Climate Change, a research and advocacy consortium who promote an opposing position to that of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on […]Read more "Global Warming – A More Complete Briefing"
Last time around I began to offer an opinion on global warming, a subject of great interest to me and great importance to many lifeforms such as the brook trout. I proposed 3 distinct central questions that really need to be dealt with instead of simply opining that you do or do not believe in […]Read more "Change"
This is where I finally offer a few words on global warming. As I’ve discussed many environmental matters from many different angles here on my little blog, there’s always been a looming giant of an issue waiting in the background. The spectre of something capable of over-running all other aspects of the environment has […]Read more "Change and Warming (Part 1)"
One of the first things you’d learn about, if you ever yearned to become a fish ecologist, is the danger posed by non-native species. And the most simple formulation of the prevailing theory on this runs something like this: Don’t introduce a new fish (we’ll stick with fish here for simplicity) to an ecosystem in […]Read more "About Exotics"
Last time around I offered my humble opinion on our new president, presented from a libertarian perspective. To summarize, the opinion of libertarians is generally negative so far but we like the attack on over-regulation. Cautious optimism. But how will a Trump presidency affect the U.S. and global environment? Likely, very little. And this assessment […]Read more "Trump: Environmental Realism from an Unlikely Source"