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We Are All Earthlings

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.”

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

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

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

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

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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UNESCO Designates 11 New Biosphere Reserves

David Houle - Futurist
06.26.2023

 

Earlier this month, UNESCO added 11 new biosphere reserves to the 737 already existing reserves. Here are the new 11.   This is a wonderful action taken. As the human population exploded beyond 8 billion in the last few years, our species risks overwhelming sensitive biosphere habitats. As a species, we are unique in our […]

 

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Insuring Climate Risks w/ AI, IoT, Satellites & Big Data

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
06.20.2023

 

Insurers are being overtaken by the pace of change. Our climate crisis (among several other factors including technology) is redefining the nature of risk. The industry needs to move quickly to keep up with consumer expectations, close protection gaps, and respond to emerging threats.   Now is a moment of truth for insurers to consider their […]

 

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It IS Happening Faster Than Projected

David Houle - Futurist
06.05.2023

 

One of the truest statements about our climate crisis, and an attempt  at humor amidst crisis, is:   No one has ever attended a Climate Change conference and returned to say, “Wow!  Global warming is happening slower than expected.”   The painful truth is that global warming and our resultant climate crisis is happening faster […]

 

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UK Startup ENSO Tire Reinvents the Wheel

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
05.29.2023

 

We are at the beginning of a sea change in product design and manufacturing that can lead us to a circular zero carbon economy. Massive opportunities abound and ENSO CEO Gunnlaugur Erlendsson has a first mover advantage.   When tires make contact with the road, tiny particles are worn away by friction. Two billion tires […]

 

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