I have a confession to make. I hate the ocean. Growing up in a coastal region you would think that I would have spent my youth out on my fancy yacht, surfing the waters or deep-sea pearl diving to my hearts delight. But in all honesty, in my youth I rarely made any trips into … Read moreNo Longer Chillin’ on Mussel Beach: Climate change and sea creatures
Typically in my science blog, I write about the unexpected and unusual effects of climate change on the natural world. This includes talking about the potential future success of sea anemones, poison ivy and maybe even cannabis (the entire state of California cheers!), and the potential downfall of turtles, chocolate and the potency of cocaine … Read moreClimate Change and Disillusionment: It, like, totally sucks, dude
For the past couple of weeks, I have been focusing on the effect of climate change on charismatic mega-fauna such as polar bears (adorable!) and dinosaurs (rawr!). This week though I wanted to draw attention to a smaller-fauna that is incredibly cool, totally charismatic and wildly vicious. It is the terrifying, the hypnotic, the fierce….sea … Read moreSea anemones are no friend to me: climate change and ocean life
Last week on the science blog, I talked about polar bears and how when everyone thinks about climate change they think about the poor *little* polar bear. They’re cute, they’re murderous and well, quite frankly they’re screwed. What is not to love about polar bears? In terms of animals that have ruled the earth though, … Read moreClimate Change and the Epic End to Dinosaur Sex
As a graduate student at Tufts University, I took a course on climate change policy and regulation. In the course, the professor asked us what would be an effective way of getting the public’s attention on climate change. Being the ever pragmatist, I declared “money” — you hit people in their pockets and they will … Read moreClimate change or sexual dysfunction: the downfall of the little polar bear
When I was 17 and looking at colleges, my parents asked me if I was interested in going to an all-girls school. These schools were known (and still are) for their strong academic reputation. Having grown up with two older brothers though, I was more accustomed to being surrounded by men, so I sought out … Read moreIt’s getting hot in here: Climate change and sex…determination
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 moreThe 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 moreGive me chocolate or give me death! The effect of climate change of cocoa.
Writing a blog on the unusual and unexpected effects of climate change on natural systems gets you an array of followers. When writing about how a toastier climate will influence cannabis or coca, you will get a fair share of readers who may not normally read a climate change blog. Though I will always gladly … Read moreClimate Change: Yes we are all doomed, but not why you think
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 moreSaving the planet, one fart at a time