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A Clear and Present Danger

AUTHOR: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 09.17.2023


To many, my desk is a cluttered mess or a jigsaw puzzle of disconnected pieces that can never be assembled into a coherent picture. To me, my desk is a highly organized panorama of easily accessible tools of my craft interspersed with remembrances and waypoints of travels, adventures, people, places, joys, sorrows, hopes, philosophies, beliefs […]


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Resetting the Realities of Our Climate Crisis

AUTHOR: David Houle - Futurist 09.11.2023


Reality, and one’s perception of reality, can change with a single event. An example would be the “earth rise “ photo taken by NASA astronauts in 1968. Though we knew that the earth was round, it was not until that photo that we saw it as a round planet in space.   Another might be […]


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Climate Literacy Must Be Taught in Schools

AUTHOR: Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 08.28.2023


No matter how much progress we make in reducing the GHGs in our atmosphere (so far we’ve made none), ecosystem damage and severe weather events will continue for decades. Children in pre-K today will spend the entirety of their lives living in a climate much different from the one we grew up in.   There […]


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How to ‘Be Prepared’ in 2023

AUTHOR: Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 08.21.2023


I was a Boy Scout. Since 1907 the motto of the global Scouting program has been, “Be Prepared”. Yet the 2023 Scout Jamboree was woefully unprepared for a myriad of severe weather-related issues that befell it in South Korea in early August.     First, prior to the opening of the Jamboree, torrential monsoon rains caused […]


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We Are All Earthlings

AUTHOR: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 08.14.2023


There is a scene early in the movie Top Gun: Maverick to which I am particularly sympathetic. It immediately follows the moment when Maverick (Tom Cruise) has tested an experimental aircraft past its breaking point. We then see Maverick walking into a small rural town, entering a diner and after drinking a glass of water […]


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“The Era of Climate Change is Over. The Era of Global Boiling Has Arrived.”

AUTHOR: David Houle - Futurist 08.07.2023


The Director General of the United Nations made this statement a week ago. He is right, we have now entered the era of global boiling. June was the all-time hottest month in human history, and July just beat it. The two hottest months in measured history have been the last two months.   Why? Well, […]


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Uncontrolled Burn

AUTHOR: Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 08.01.2023


John Vaillant writes in his recently published book, “Fire Weather”, about the trillions of controlled burns that happen around the globe every day. These tiny, brief fires mix air and fossil fuel to create an explosion that drives a piston up and down within a cylinder in internal combustion engines. That physical motion is harnessed […]


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Ending the Super-Heated Summers

AUTHOR: Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist 07.24.2023


June 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded in human history1.   The first week in July was the hottest week ever recorded in human history2.   July 2023 is on track to exceed June 2023 as the hottest month ever recorded in human history3.   Many cities and communities are experiencing the amplification of […]


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Heat Stroke Reality – the Summer of 2023

AUTHOR: David Houle - Futurist 07.16.2023


The future predictions of climate scientists are now our current reality. The summer of 2023 is the hottest summer on record in the US and in much of Europe. June was the hottest month on Earth since measurements started. The hottest day on record was July 3. That record was broken on July 4. That […]


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Less is More: Quality Not Quantity

AUTHOR: Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 07.10.2023


I think a lot about our divisive societies and the constant war and strife around the world, while we absolutely must work together to solve our climate crisis. I don’t have the answer, but I think a sharing economy is a step in the right direction.   Sharing Economy   A sharing economy delivers the […]


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