We spend far too much time dreading what our climate future *may* look like instead of collectively envisioning better outcomes & working together w determination to achieve them.
How often are climate articles you read hopeful?

Yes, we need to hear about extreme storms, floods, droughts, biodiversity loss & resource conflicts. But we also need to know about the incredible work being done by people around the world to meet these challenges. /2
Doomsday narratives on climate serve as effective clickbait, but reality is far more complex than what much media highlights.
We still have opportunities to change course. And so many scientists, engineers, innovators & communities are working toward a more resilient future. 3/
There’s a popular misconception that we must wait for new technology to address climate change or geoengineer Earth. Not true.

We have solutions available now.
We don’t need to change the planet. We need to change our behavior. 🌍 /4

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11 Sep
Perhaps news shouldn’t be entertainment.
Perhaps entertainment shouldn’t be news. /2
Imagine if news anchors had the freedom to prioritize delivering accurate information regardless of ratings, clicks or subscribers. /3
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27 Aug
Gulf waters are warm which worries me watching Ida strengthen as it approaches approach Louisiana.

The storm is headed toward gas & oil platforms, agriculture shipping points, refineries & chemical plants & given its path & timing, I can’t help but think of Katrina.
I'm not an alarmist but my expertise lies in marine science.

As a grad student in 2003, the science of hurricanes in LA terrified me. It seemed clear NOLA didn't stand a chance. We knew a Katrina-like storm would come. And we know there will be more. /2

We don’t know what #Ida will do yet & I’m not a meteorologist, but an oceans person.

But the science is clear. Warm ocean surface temperatures fuel more powerful storms, meaning climate change is part of how this story develops. /3
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30 Jul
The climate is changing. But We need to change.
To be clear, we don't need to change the planet through geoengineering.

*We* need to change our behavior to be more sustainable, equitable & resilient.
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10 Jul
Listen to the people you don’t agree with.
Include people you don't agree with.
Eat with people you don’t agree with.

I don’t mean extremists, Nazis, fascists, etc. But neighbors & community members w different experiences & backgrounds that shape their perspectives.

You may discover there’s plenty you do agree on after all.
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30 Jun
Your votes overwhelming support a thread about The Science of Kissing. So let's get to it. 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Kissing:

1) Our lips are the body’s most exposed erogenous zone. Unlike in other animals, human lips are uniquely everted, meaning they purse outwardly.
2) Kissing is about more than bacterial exchange or romance. Our 1st experiences w love & security often involve lip pressure & stimulation through nursing or bottle feeding. This lays down neural pathways in a baby’s brain that later associate kissing w positive emotions.
3) Even Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology, was fascinated by kissing across cultures. He discussed what he observed in his 1872 book The Expression of the Emotions in Man & Animals, concluding that the drive for humans to “kiss” in some form appears to be innate.
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6 Mar
I keep seeing articles bemoaning a "baby bust" due to declining birth rates.

But they all seem to miss a big part of the story. All around the world fertility rates are ⬇️ except in parts the world where health conditions are poor & child mortality is high. 1/
When women have access to family planning, healthcare including antibiotics & vaccines, an education & the ability to have a career, we often opt to have fewer children.

Declining birth rates = more women making our own choices. 2/
Also, while I don't buy the "population bomb" alarmism that Earth has reached some arbitrary human carrying capacity (it's not about total # of ppl, but how we collectively use & waste resources), I'll add that less pressure on the planet's limited resources isn't a bad thing. 3/
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