A new study looks at the history of climate and its relation to the spread of bubonic plague. Pandemics of bubonic plague have occurred in Eurasia since the sixth century ad. Climatic variations in Central Asia affect the population size and activity of the plague bacterium’s reservoir rodent species, influencing the probability of human infection…. [Read More]
A report in the New York Times says that 70,000 years ago, the total human population may have dropped to as low as only 2,000 individuals! What’s particularly interesting to me about this is the timing. About 50,000 years ago is regarded as the time when humans went through a major brain shift … ie,… [Read More]
Who cares about climate change? Polar bears care. Or at least they would if they had the ability to understand the depth of the problem. Their habitat is shrinking, and there is little that we can do about it. By 2050, two-thirds of the current population of Polar Bears will be gone, pushed back to… [Read More]
The Chicago Climate Exchange is one of the coolest, and boldest, ideas to combat global climate change that I’ve seen in years. It has essentially created a market in buying and selling CO2 emissions, that is, a cap and trade system. CCX emitting Members make a voluntary but legally binding commitment to meet annual GHG… [Read More]
[dead crabs washed up on the coast here in Oregon] This is what’s happening to the coasts off of Oregon and Washington (as well as oceans around the world). The oceans are becoming more and more acidic, in a process called acidification. And that bodes poorly for creatures who are sensitive to rising acid levels… [Read More]
TNR makes the case. Gore won’t risk losing out on the chance to be a part of a pro-climate-change administration (or is that bad wording? Maybe the current administration is pro CC?).