Olympics-sized challenges for COP-26

Like the Summer Olympics of 2021 (originally scheduled for summer 2020) the 26th Conference of the Parties (the world climate-change forum held in late autumn each year – this year scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, beginning in November) as well in 2020 due to the pandemic, had to be postponed. What happens this […]

Simultaneous triple threat: Global warming, air pollution and COVID-19

Vital signs – Temperature check: Never before did I even think that this planet of ours would be affected by the three simultaneous threats of global warming, air pollution and COVID-19, any one of these having the potential to be totally devastating. In my lifetime the world has warmed – no question. How much hotter? […]

A weather-eventful week to remember: Can it get any worse?

The seven days beginning June 27, 2021 will, hopefully, long be remembered as the week the American West suffered some of the worst heat and heat-related affects. Scores of high-temperature-related deaths not the least among them. Under seemingly unrelenting high-pressure domes, in major metropolitan centers like Portland in Oregon and Seattle and Spokane in Washington, […]

Teledistanced broadcast journalism: Coming through loud and clear and air-friendlily

In my previous post “Earth Day 2021: Transformations,” as the title suggests, the message is all about change. There is perhaps no one area where change is more apparent than in that of broadcast journalism. The change I’m referring to – broadcasting done digitally or cybernetically – grew out of a perceived or the real […]

In our quest for climate answers, asking questions is key

Every person and their brother, or so it would seem, has ideas for how they think carbon net-zero emissions can be achieved. Even Microsoft founding partner Bill Gates has gotten involved. In fact, he weighs in on the matter in a new book. One approach involves pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and using it […]