THE END DRAWS NIGH
In his new book, America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans, tragically-named author Frosty Wooldridge warns that the day of reckoning is nearly upon us and that we humans are bringing it upon ourselves. The cause of this man-made Armageddon? Overpopulation. Wooldridge says the U.S. will add 100 million folks to its population by 2035, and that this will result in what he calls a “human Katrina.” He seems to suggest that overpopulation is a root cause of many world-ending problems, such as “water and food shortages, climate change, habitat destruction, species extinction, poisoned oceans, collapsing fisheries, and human starvation reaching into the millions annually.” Frosty indeed—there’s no humor here. If you enjoy panic attacks, visit the author’s website at www.frostywooldridge.com.
DIRE WARNING TO POLAR BEARS – ADAPT OR DIE!
The polar bear’s sea-ice hunting season has been shortened by global warming, a new article says, and that shortened season could lead to polar bear starvation. The article, “Estimating the Energetic Contribution of Polar Bear (Ursus Maritimus) Summer Diets to the Total Energy Budget,” is written by Markus G. Dyck and Ermias Kebreab and appears in the June issue of the Journal of Mammalogy. According to a press release, “Climate change could limit polar bears’ access to sea ice during the cooler spring months, and therefore to the seals they typically feed on at that time.” Seal hunting season is when polar bears pack on extra mass; when that season is shortened, bears must rely on their limited access to summer food resources like caribou, Artic charr, and berries. Berries are the best bet for the continued survival of the polar bear, and Dyck and Kebreab are optimistic that the bears can adapt and make berries a larger portion of their budget. But, they warn, “the long-term outcome is uncertain if ice levels continue to erode.” Bears eating more berries and less seals seems a bit sad. Read the article at www.mammalsociety.org/pubjom.
SCARED YET? YOU SHOULD BE
In his new book, Thoughts of a Scientist, Citizen, and Grandpa on Climate Change, Dr. Eric Grimsrud says that if we choose to address the threat of climate change, “the costs will be staggering.” That’s the good news. Here’s the bad and the ugly: “But if we don’t, the consequences will be horrendous.” Well, shit. Dr. Grimsrud (one of the first scientists to detect ozone-layer destructing compounds back in 1974) tries to explain why we must address climate change now, the awful truth about what might happen if we don’t, what “real scientists” (i.e., not pseudo-scientists, like economists) think about climate change, and what we can do to avoid our self-destruction. Check out the author’s website at www.ericgrimsrud.com.
HEY, YOGI, FORGET THE PICNIC BASKET
According to Jeff Chimenti, an ear, nose and throat specialist and part-time novelist in Texas, a recent spate of earthquakes at Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park (500 small quakes since December, he says) could prefigure the eruption of a so-called supervolcano. “An eruption of that magnitude would have deadly consequences for us all," Chimenti says. "There is enough magma trapped beneath the surface of the park to cover the whole U.S. in up to four feet of lava.” Dude, get your umbrella. Chimenti has dramatized this scenario in a new novel called The Edge of Forever. While the science behind the book may be intriguing, the plot -- as described in a release -- seems creaky. It involves a guy named Michael, a woman that Michael rescued from an abusive hubby, Michael's two brothers, a brilliant geologist they all bump into, the abusive hubby himself AND a sadistic killer. AND a political cover-up. Oh, and that volcano thing. Learn more at www.theedgeofforeverbook.com.
PENCIL-PUSHING GEEKS UNITE!
“Recent reports and scientific research are showing that life as we know it could drastically change or even end, if we don’t take the necessary precautions and steps to prevent it now,” according to a release from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME’s worries include carbon emissions and climate change. In its 2009-2010 Public Policy Agenda, ASME offers a set of sustainable energy proposals and declares support for President Obama’s energy plan. Read it at www.asme.org (search "public policy agenda")..
GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE!
“Armageddon and Apocalypse [are] not inevitable,” according to the editors of EnlightenNext magazine. The mag “explores the apocalyptic archetypes and doomsday scenarios that have dominated popular belief for decades” and looks forward to a greener, more humane future when “end-times mythologies give way to the first draft of a new human story.” Groovy, man. The publication seems to be a blend of green, high-tech, and New Age ideas. EnlightenNext is a quarterly and was recently redesigned and relaunched, after publishing for 17 years as What is Enlightenment? (you're asking me?). More info at www.enlightennext.org.
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