The Risks to Children When Disaster Strikes

August 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has been labeled a children’s disaster, with particular concern being placed on the protection of minors. In this crisis, as with other crises and disasters, children have paid a high price, with tens of millions of them affected by the lockdowns caused by the...

When Is Hot Too Hot?

August 10, 2020

One of the many difficulties in understanding global warming and climate change, and their impacts, is that they are complicated. Climate change is not linear over time and it is inconsistent across different regions. As I explain in my book, “A Climate for Denial,” the nonlinear...

A Planet of Missing Beauties

April 02, 2020

The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal, the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago. Actually, to make that sentence accurate, I should probably have put either “first” or “ever saw” in quotation marks. After all, I was...

Climate Change: The Fuel for Fire

November 26, 2018

Projections for the impact of climate change on wildfire risks need to integrate the diverse strands of evidence. The recent Californian wildfires were devastating in their destruction of property and tragic in causing numerous deaths. These fires have happened many times before and are a...

El Nino Exacerbates Africa’s AIDS Epidemic

September 15, 2016

Faced with a choice between using their sparse income to access anti-retroviral therapy or nourishment, many affected by AIDS in Africa opt for the latter. In July, UNICEF issued a stark warning that the El Nino climate cycle had created a humanitarian disaster in the developing nations most...