"The bees have been declared the most important living beings on this planet, the Earthwatch Institute concluded in the last meeting of the Royal Geographical Society of London. However, according to wildlife experts and scientists, the bees have joined the endangered species long list."
July 21, 2019
The bee declared the most important living being on Earth
Pretty sobering assessment from Noam Chomsky:
"CEOs face a choice: They can labor to undermine the prospects for life on earth; or they can refuse to do so, and be replaced by someone who will."Time to - somehow - wake up.
June 25, 2019
Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, worked with a team of researchers to look at the 38 papers published in peer-reviewed journals in the last decade that denied anthropogenic global warming.
“Every single one of those analyses had an error—in their assumptions, methodology, or analysis—that, when corrected, brought their results into line with the scientific consensus,” Hayhoe wrote in a Facebook post.Source: Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed - By Katherine Ellen Foley in Quarz - September 5, 2017
June 16, 2019
A random, albeit very pertinent comment:
This must be one of the greatest performances of Patti Smith's long and brilliant career. And "Gloria" is certainly one of her best songs: she reworks Van Morrison and Them's 1966 garage-rock "Gloria" into something uniquely her own, fusing sexuality and (anti)religiosity, with those piano chords chiming like bells - and those mad galloping drums - all the while behind it. Perfect! Sometimes I think Patti Smith is exactly the kind of performer that I'd give anything to be, and that I know I never could be. She's a true rock'n' roll poet, and as such, she's one of my greatest inspirations.
May 18, 2019
From Quanta Magazine via Twitter:
To imagine 12°C of global warming, think of crocodiles swimming in the Arctic and scorched, mostly lifeless equatorial regions. If stratocumulus clouds disappear, as a new simulation suggests could happen in as little as a century, this is the future.
May 5, 2019
Listening to blues while reading Sagan on time travel, especially when it comes to the philosophical problem of time travel from the future - it is probably inconsistent with any sort of 'hard determinism', but may be possible if the inherent randomness (of the 'one' world, or of the one incurred in the 'blurrification' of closed but different timelines) could mask or absorb the 'travelers' (in which case, even if time travel from the future exists, it is not what one would normally think).