What it’s like on a Book Tour

Before you mistake this entry for a completely shameless plug, I thought it would be interesting to write about my experiences from last week’s mini book tour. As a scholar, it is imperative that I write and publish as I want to remain relevant. It’s a competitive environment and the promotion of my work lies…

No Tipping Point, No Action

Yesterday, I came across a disturbing interpretation of a new study on climate change time lines. The paper, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, finds that global scale tipping points are unlikely and that ecological change will follow a more gradual, smooth pattern. The lead author, Professor Barry Brook,  says that “This is good news…

Policy and Activism vs. Politics

Since Monday’s inauguration address, the left has been buzzing with the hopes of Obama finally tackling climate change. While I appreciate the sentiment, ‘hope’ may be all that it is. As a researcher and former politico, I can see why this optimism is spreading but am also cautious. There has been much disappointment on environmental…

The Aftermath

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, I am reminded of the similar discourse that I heard after the damage from Hurricane Katrina. Talking heads and TV shows connecting this event to climate change to heighten its implications. While I take nothing away from those calling attention to our future reality, we’re heard this all…

The elephant NOT in the room

As I write, I am watching the last presidential debate between President Obama and Fmr. Governor Romney. In the days leading up to this debate on foreign policy, many have wondered if climate change would be on the agenda. My question, is simply the opposite, why was climate change not taken up under domestic issues…

A Dangerous Booby Trap

In the last few days, I have read several articles about the rapidly melting Arctic sea ice. Professor Peter Wadhams of Cambridge has even gone so far as to predict a complete collapse of Arctic ice during summer months in the next four years.  For people like me, this is highly concerning. Between sea level…

Willing Negligence, Approving Desperation

Recently, I became aware of a man from Tuvalu who applied for refugee status in the nation of New Zealand and was denied. He applied as a climate change refugee, a status that is not yet accepted as a legal standard. If you read the article, you’ll see that the man is in fear for…