Polar bears, climate change, and the derailing power of appeals to emotion

Introduction: Polar bears are often depicted as lovable mascots for the arctic (Fig 1) and horribly threatened by climate change.  They may be lovable.  And they may be threatened by climate change.  But the fact that we don’t like dead … Continued

American climate change denial: the opinions of others defened by illogical arguments

Introduction: The vast majority of Americans accept the reality of climate change.  Most also seem to understand that climate change will be bad for us humans.  However, this doesn’t seem to have much effect on American behavior.  Furthermore, some American … Continued

Anthropogenic climate change and ground water—we’re doing it wrong

Introduction: Yes, climate change and global warming are happening.  Yes, this is largely the fault of us humans (it’s anthropogenic).  Unfortunately, these changes are already resulting in detrimental consequences.  Our ground water reserves, which are supremely important, are one of … Continued

The deadly Johnsons Landing Landslides and the importance of natural hazard monitoring during anthropogenic climate change

Introduction: Years ago, I conducted field research for my Master’s degree in the Kootenay Rockies in British Columbia (BC), Canada.  It was a great time in a rugged backcountry.  Most of that work was done near the shores of Kootenay … Continued

A gigantic iceberg is about to crack off of Antarctica, here are three things you should know

Introduction: Several groups of researchers are reporting that a large rift (Figure 1) is stretching across the West Antarctic Ice Sheet’s Larsen C Ice Shelf (e.g. MIDAS and IceBridge).  This crack will eventually separate an iceberg the size of a … Continued

Foraminifera are crazy micro-messengers for the environment

Introduction: Foraminifera (singular = foraminifer) are a typically-microscopic zooplankton that live in all marine environments.  They are protists, which means they are comprised of a single cell and have no organs.  However, despite these limitations in size and complexity, they … Continued

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