Global Warming Projections

The theoretical global warming projections are now being compared to reality measurements, which really can’t be readily contested. Here’s a summary, followed by some suggestions about what each of us can actually do to improve the situation.


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 Global Warming’s Worst-Case

Projections Look Increasingly Likely

A new study based on satellite observations

finds that temperatures could rise nearly

5 °C by the end of the century.


by James Temple

MIT Technology Review

December 6, 2017


Global warming’s worst-case projections look increasingly likely, according to a new study that tested the predictive power of climate models against observations of how the atmosphere is actually behaving.… Keep reading

For the Birds and the Bees

Here are some guidelines about commonly-used pesticides that are proving quite harmful to birds and bees and, consequently, food production.

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These Popular Pesticides

Are Really Bad for the

Birds and the Bees

And farmers are about to deploy them on a

land mass nearly twice the size of California.


Tom Philpott



As spring approaches, US farmers are gearing up to plant about 180 million acres in corn and soybeans—a combined land mass nearly twice the size of California, mostly in the Midwest.… Keep reading

Safe, happy and free.

One of the best ways to begin solving problems is to first see if anyone else has already solved them. Certainly, times change and contexts vary, so solutions cannot often just be identically cloned.  But they do provide opportunities for learning.  Here’s a picture of a nation that believes it’s achieved considerable progress in the quality of life for all its citizenry.

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Safe, happy and free: does

Finland have all the answers?


Jon Henley in Helsinki


12 Feb 2018


Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter.… Keep reading

1-Step to Great Water


Here’s an example of where science has produced a product that will help solve one of the biggest problems in sustainability: Finding a source for high-quality potable drinking water.  Given the problems many communities are having with contamination of their urban water quality – such as problems with lead or arsenic or mercury – this filtering system may be a huge benefit to millions … even those who live by the sea.

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Graphene filter makes even

Sydney Harbour water



Michael Irving

Nature Communications

February 15th, 2018


Among graphene’s long list of superpowers, filtering water may be one of the most directly beneficial.… Keep reading

Earth as Desert

Here’s a fairly solid study projecting outcomes our current trends will produce. Trends are curious, in a way.  When an event happens, that’s a concrete, observable, measurable phenomenon.  No dispute. It rained … see the video, see the rainwater measuring cup, talk to people who walked in it.

But a trend, as a projection of a series of concrete events … if you see 26 dots in a straight-line upward slope and you think you know where the 27th and 28th dots are very likely to be … is less concrete … and therefore more subject to people saying it’s not necessarily so … especially if it disrupts their comfortable lifestyle.… Keep reading