Microhabitats may save the frogs, but who will save the Californians?

Having grown up on the East Coast, droughts are a little foreign to me. Every spring, the city I lived in experienced about 3 weeks on non-stop rain, followed by a summer besieged by extremely violent lighting storms that tore down trees and destroyed church steeples.  If anything, we always seemed to have too much … Read moreMicrohabitats may save the frogs, but who will save the Californians?

Everybody poops, some animals also eat it

Living in East Bay is always an interesting experience.  Where else can you engage in paratheater, uncomfortable zones of fun and midwifery for humanity all in one weekend? Living in a former pagan temple, I get even more exposure to the whimsy of the local community than most.  People not realizing that my house is … Read moreEverybody poops, some animals also eat it

The Changing Climate of the East Bay

Living in Berkeley is a surreal experience.  Once the center of a political and social revolution, it’s now like wandering a graveyard that’s been infiltrated by high-tech picnickers. As you wander the streets you meet the ghosts of revolutions past, sometimes reformed into soccer grandmas with pressed silver hair and hand-hammered African jewelry, sometimes in … Read moreThe Changing Climate of the East Bay

Climate Change for the Very Picky Eater

San Francisco is known for its culinary delights; there’s just about every type of restaurant in town for every kind of diet.  Paleos, GAPSers, macrobiotics, raw juicers and frugivores can delight in the many delectable treats available around every corner.  We have everything from Jakartan street food (the menu of which actually taunts that “you … Read moreClimate Change for the Very Picky Eater

Evicted by Climate Change in San Francisco

  The Bay Area is a hard place to live. Ocean fog makes the summers notoriously frigid, you may be attacked by rogue circus acrobats at any moment, and for some reason there is just poop everywhere. Everywhere. To make matters worse, housing costs have sky-rocketed to the point where mega-wealthy renters paying $10,000/month are … Read moreEvicted by Climate Change in San Francisco

Drunk with Science: Climate change and wine

Berkeley is a great place to get drunk. Nowhere else in the world will you find yourself at a Santa Maria BBQ surrounded with former Black Sabbath roadies, Argentinian media darlings and industrial architects discussing the I Ching at candlelight with the most lovely $5 wine. Sorry Virginia, that country club swill you call cabernet … Read moreDrunk with Science: Climate change and wine

Climate change and ‘shrooms

Working in climate change you hear a lot of myths surrounding the science; it’s a scientific conspiracy, the models are faulty, scientists are in disagreement, there is too much controversy. This last point is particularly annoying, because it has been long established that this is simply not true. But it’s also irritating, because it ignores … Read moreClimate change and ‘shrooms