Time is running short

Time is running short

Time is running short… 1.5C: we have only 1 year, 7 months. 2C: we have only 18 years, 11 months. Albert Bartlett, physicist and teacher, once said the greatest shortcoming of us humans is our inability to understand the exponential function (think population...
The technology trap

The technology trap

You know what really bugs me about the whole self-driving car thing? Everyone’s talking and talking about this “renaissance in technology” (heard on NPR this morning) and all of the extra special gadgets and artificial intelligence being developed at...

Mermaids Hate Plastic

Conceptual artist and photographer Von Wong has created a beautiful new project highlighting the problem of plastic waste, “Mermaids hate plastic.” You can see the final photos on his web site, or watch the video to see how he made the photographs. In his...
The Buck Stops Here

The Buck Stops Here

Most people still believe it is a good thing when “consumers” (as we non-elite humans have been reduced to) spend money to keep the economy growing. I heard countless times in analyses of the pre-Christmas shopping period that spending was strong and...
Diamonds in the Sky

Diamonds in the Sky

Diamonds in the Sky is an artwork created for Cloud Crash, an art exhibit headlining the 2016 Manchester Science Festival. The work makes visible the invisible pollution that is leading the world into an uncertain future; the CO2, the nitrogen dioxide, the ozone...
Summary of 1500+ pages of IPCC reports.

Summary of 1500+ pages of IPCC reports.

Richard Somerville is a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He recently presented at the Aquarium of the Pacific Climate Forum 2016, which focused on the topic of communicating about climate change. At the...