If the predictions are correct, New York City will be the site of the biggest march on climate change that’s ever taken place. It’s Sunday, September 21. I’m going. Are you?
I was walking to work today and a scene in my Jamaica Plain neighborhood looked like something right out of the Hitchcock flick “The Birds.” Here, I juxtapose my photo (in which the birds begin to amass on the power lines) with two photos from the pop culture hit film. (Click on my photo to enlarge and get a good view of the birds.)
From the New York Times:
It is almost impossible to tell if a person struggling with any mental disorder might ever turn violent; the vast majority never do, even those who make threats and preparations to do so. “Most people who go through these steps never act out in a violent way, never go beyond contemplation of it,” said J. Reid Meloy, a forensic psychologist in San Diego and an editor of the International Handbook of Threat Assessment.
Guess what? Lots and lots of people who have never been diagnosed with a mental illness have used guns to injure and kill other people. We can’t police everyone and their use of guns. The only way forward is to end the use of guns. If we are supposed to be a civilized society we should not need guns for anything.
A new federal report on climate change and its effects on the U.S. has been released. A few chilling sentences from a Boston Globe story about the report follow:
‘‘Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,’’ the report says. ‘‘Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington state and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience.’’
Get ready for:
- smoke-filled air from more wildfires
- smoggy air from pollution
- more diseases from tainted food
- more ticks
- more pollen because of warming weather and the effects of carbon dioxide on plants. In parts of the Midwest, the pollen season has gotten longer by anywhere from 11 days to 20 days.
Here is the climate change report.
With the rise of global temperatures, tickborne diseases are rising, too. A few drug companies have tried to develop a Lyme disease vaccination. Often the reason given for not completing the work is that the “market” is not large enough. Well, now the market is great swaths of the human race. Hurry up!!