“There’s no way to pay for it”: From WMDs to a GND

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks that killed 2,977 Americans. These attacks were carried out by 19 men—15 Saudi Arabians, two Emiratis, one Egyptian and one Lebanese—of the terrorist group al-Qaeda. In another seven days, we will mark the 20th anniversary of the US government’s response: the Authorization for Use of … Continue reading “There’s no way to pay for it”: From WMDs to a GND

Time to Stop Handling Climate Change Deniers with Kid Gloves

"It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land." Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, IPCC Climate change is real. And the climate crisis is upon us. Still, many people deny the reality right in front of them. (The reasons for this denial are well documented.) There is no longer time … Continue reading Time to Stop Handling Climate Change Deniers with Kid Gloves

How Much Is Your Coastline Worth?

I recently saw this demonstration of how mangroves protect shorelines from erosion. It's incredible how Mother Nature has developed simple tools to support biodiversity, even against the powerful forces of ocean waves. Unfortunately, we haven't been the best stewards of these natural gifts. WWF reports that more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. … Continue reading How Much Is Your Coastline Worth?

The Four Horsemen Rest Within the Security Council

The United Nations and its Security Council were formed at the end of World War II. The permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, also known as the Permanent Five or P5, include the following five governments: China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These five nations have endowed themselves with protecting … Continue reading The Four Horsemen Rest Within the Security Council

The Power of Humanity to Reach New Heights

The thing about new human endeavors is how easy and obvious they seem in hindsight. From sailing around the world to submerging to the bottom of the ocean, humanity is defined by inspiring people solving seemingly impossible challenges. We've designed telescopes that peer deep into the universe and particle colliders that tell us how it all began. We've … Continue reading The Power of Humanity to Reach New Heights