Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change

Did climate change cause Hurricane Harvey? That’s not a good question and it can’t be answered satisfactorily. Better to ask “Did climate change make Hurricane Harvey more severe?” The answer to this question is “Yes”.  Here’s the explanation. Water Temperature. Global warming heats the earth’s oceans. The water in the Gulf of Mexico is about … Read more…

What is truth?

What is truth?

A question raised by Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea, at the trial of Jesus of Nazareth.  Pilate does not stay for an answer – he releases Jesus to the Jewish authorities for Crucifixion, saying “I find no fault in him.” Truth is generally the objective of beliefs that we build up over our … Read more…

Exploiting the Arctic

Exploiting the Arctic

Over many of the last decades, Norway’s wealth grew significantly, thanks to state revenues flowing from North Sea Oil.    During this period Norway was a benefactor to third world countries, assisting them to adopt measures to limit climate change and its impacts. A recent article in the Manchester Guardian commented on the ambivalence of … Read more…

A Sense of Time

A Sense of Time

Time past, time present, time future. Our society is obsessively present-minded. There is slight interest in the past, in the causes of  present crises. There can be no lessons of history because history is not on the agenda. As for the future, we’ll deal with that when we get there. If things go wrong, there … Read more…