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 more Evicted by Climate Change in San Francisco
I received a desperate e-mail earlier this week — why was I no longer blogging? Had I fallen in a ditch? Turned to climate change denial? Dropped out of science writing and joined a convent? No, nothing so dramatic. I just had jury duty. Actually, I still have jury duty. For weeks. And there is … Read more Judge, jury and wine executioner…I mean enthusiast.
My first year of graduate school, I set out to complete an independent field project in the hill country of Western Massachusetts. In all my clever, pre-doctoral planning, I did not account for an unexpected outbreak of the hungry, hungry tent-caterpillar that summer. These caterpillars completely took over the forests of the Berkshires, consuming any … Read more The hungry little caterpillar will destroy us all: climate change and importance of timing.
There are few things people take more seriously in their personal lives than chocolate. I realize you think I am being facetious, but think about your childhood, think about Christmas, think about your pregnancy or your wife’s pregnancy or getting dumped or getting promoted or your birthdays or retirement parties. Think about them and then … Read more Give me chocolate or give me death! The effect of climate change of cocoa.
Recently, Mark Bittman, minimalist chef-turned-novice-food-advocate published an opinion piece in the New York Times regarding his personal challenges digesting milk. In his article he attempted to dissuade Americans from consuming milk, because according to him it’s not so good for us and we haven’t evolved to drink it. For all his citations and quotes, it … Read more Saving the planet, one fart at a time
Last week I talked about the effect of climate change on hallucinogens in the Solanacea family and their link to American colonial history. In the post, I commented on how living in New England, American colonial history is everywhere you walk, sit and breathe, and for some living in the area, it can end up … Read more Ye Older Bio Warefare: The effects of climate change on hallucinogens (Part 2)
Growing up in New England, you are living, breathing and eating American history. The place where you picnicked with your grandparents as a kid? That was the birthplace of the American Revolution. That graveyard you snuck into as a teenager on Halloween? That’s where Mother Goose is buried. That naked sex beach you “stumbled upon” … Read more Ye Olde Biowarfare: how climate change is affecting hallucinogens (Part 1)
Last week in the blog, I wrote about the effect of climate change on coca plants. In it, I related a story of a high elevation trip to Peru which had my friend passing out in a hotel lobby and me barely able to walk up the front steps due to altitude sickness – both … Read more Smokin’ hot: the effect of climate change on tobacco
When I was in my mid-20’s I traveled to Peru to visit my roommate from college who was working in Lima. She insisted that we travel into the Andes mountains to see one of the greatest works of mankind, Machu Picchu. To get there under 30 hours, we had to take a plane to Cuzco … Read more Hotter and Higher? Coca plants in a Changing Climate
Here is the reason not to go to India: Eat, Pray, Love. These are not my words. These are the words of the three delightful embassy workers I had dinner with on my second night in New Delhi. When I asked them what the most common problem Americans had when coming to India (I thought … Read more Frosty glaciers keeping the world cozy warm