We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts

This interview of Michael Mann of Penn State is well worth your time. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why humans are being so complacent about climate change. Indeed, denialism is much more broad-based and deep than I ever could have imagined. It’s a testament to human’s ability to ignore evidence and adhere to a mythology that comports with their ideological biases and caters to their greedy impulses.

I used to think I wouldn’t live long enough to see major impacts from climate change. That no longer seems likely. What seems certain now, Vera, is that you and your parents will see quite catastrophic changes in our climate.

Eventually, humans will respond, although it may be a matter of too little, too late. Fortunately, it’s not too late yet. There is still time to act to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

It starts in a few weeks. When we vote. And decide whether to keep deniers in office.

Decisions have consequences. Always have, always will.

I Wasted Too Much of My Life Doing These Two Activities

Time is the most precious gift we’re given when we come into the world. The gift isn’t the same for everyone. Some people are given little; some are given much. I’ve been given a lot, already having made it into my seventh decade.

Looking back, it’s clear to me now that I squandered a lot of this gift. I used too much of my time doing two things in particular that proved to be a waste: commuting and watching TV (or, more generally, what I call spectating). Continue reading