Category Archives: Climate Change

Driving Forces of Population Decrease

Last week’s blog summarized the data for the global transition to a declining population, driven mainly by a major decline in global fertility rates. As I mentioned in that blog, the trend is not new and was discussed in earlier … Continue reading

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Fertility Is Below Replacement Rate

Figure 1 – Declining fertility rate (Source: Visual Capitalist) This blog starts with a large infographic that was recently compiled by my favorite site, Visual Capitalist, based on recent data from the Word Bank. For more examples of my use of … Continue reading

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Trump in Iowa

(Source: Andrew Harnik, AP via E & E News POLITICO) This year is a presidential election year. While there will be other stressors during the election cycle, the collective stress factor of this past week was the identity of the … Continue reading

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 Combining Immigration and Climate Policies to Ensure Survival

Politically, the world is polarized. On the Right, the battle cry is to block immigration; on the Left, to pursue equity. Climate change tends to get lost in the chat but the Left generally goes along with the scientists in … Continue reading

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Go Green With Smart Electricity Meters

A good summary of the impacts of climate change last year, and what is being done to adapt to and mitigate these impacts, can be found in a New Year publication of Mother Jones. The two introductory paragraphs are quoted … Continue reading

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2024!

(Source: US Census Bureau) 2023 was a mess, from my perspective (see last week’s blog). It is almost a given for me that 2024 will be better. A good start for readers may be to go back to my first … Continue reading

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The World is a Mess, and the Mess is Reflected on University Campuses

The last few months, I have started my days, as usual, with a morning paper “partitioned” in a way that my wife gets the first page and I get the rest. The other day, shortly after we started reading, I … Continue reading

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COP28

(Source: Cartoons by Josh) I had two objectives with this blog. One was to start summarizing COP28, which started on November 30th and is scheduled to close today. The second objective was to strongly encourage my students to follow up … Continue reading

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My Full-Scale Global Focus

(Source: Ismail Sadiron/EyeEm/Getty Images via Harvard Business Review) Things are happening around each one of us on all scales; we better pay attention. Two weeks ago (November 21st), I started a series of blogs focused on what I can do … Continue reading

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Retrofitting: The Internet of Things

(Source: Global Sign) One obvious distinction between retrofitting (see last week’s blog) and repairing or fixing, is the growing attempt to repurpose new technologies into existing infrastructure. The novelty of these emerging capabilities is not waiting until the infrastructure breaks … Continue reading

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