Climate change is not just about building seawalls, managing forests, and putting houses on posts. It’s also about loss of life and property on a World War scale. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates climate change will cause an additional quarter of a million deaths per year between 2030 and 2050.Continue Reading Is there criminal liability for climate change denial?
The negative implication of the title is sure to delight climate change deniers: America’s Power Grid Isn’t Ready for Electric Cars (Click image for article). The article makes the point that when the majority of cars are electric cars, it will place additional demands on electric generation and grids; and that different states will require different levels of upgrades. Continue Reading As the U.S. converts to electric cars, the energy grid needs some changes too
Fueling visions of a dystopian future, private firefighters are increasingly being contracted by wealthy homeowners. In the age of tax cuts, budget shortfalls, and small government movements, some are worried that the growth of this industry reflects growing income and wealth inequality.Continue Reading Private firefighters for wealthy homeowners a growing industry
The photo above shows how the historic Cabrillo Bridge was conceptualized to serve as the grand and ceremonial entrance to Balboa Park. The bridge was designed by Bertram Goodhue for Panama California Exposition of 1915. It has fulfilled its concept admirably. However, a bypass bridge will soon mar the bridge in such as way that defeats the intended effect of the design, i.e., the lone elegant arched viaduct entrance into the park.Continue Reading What San Diego will soon mar for a parking garage
An old white male conservative Senator explaining to a young Hispanic Congresswoman from a disadvantaged background the supposed difference between historic incidents of harsh treatment of refugees and the current actions on the border with the so-called Caravan was probably not a good look to begin with. But then the Auschwitz Memorial chimed in by doing some explaining of its own to the old Senator.Continue Reading Graham mansplains Ocasio-Cortez, then gets schooled by Auschwitz Memorial.
A new federal report by 13 federal agencies spells out the cold hard truth about the arrival of climate change impacts. The impacts are summarized in this Atlantic Magazine article: The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the Climate Report. For example, heat waves are 3 times as frequent and lengthy, wildfires are twice as frequent as would be the case without climate change, sea level rise will cause mass migration.Continue Reading Climageddon has begun concludes Federal Report. Who’s gonna pay?