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Oct 4 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
The prime factor in #sikkimflood appears to be a glacial-lake outburst flood (#GLOF). Get used to that acronym. #climatechange is changing Himalayan ice dynamics in big ways. Vulnerability downstream is enormous. More on another risk factor: increasing dam construction on these meltwater rivers: Pulling together a #sustainwhat discussion with @icimod (and hopefully Rajeev) with help from @kashishds 1/
And the #GLOF threat is not restricted to the Himalayas. Remember August, when a #GLOF surge on the Mendenhall River caused flooding in Juneau, Alaska? A @USGS webcam caught the astonishing build, build, build, flush dynamic. 2/
Dec 23, 2022 • 15 tweets • 5 min read
As the Siberian cold spreads, I'm thinking back to how Russia, more than most countries, has weaponized winter - almost always in defense. So much so that foes spoke of "General Winter" as a leader of Russian forces.
Now, by destroying so much of Ukraine's energy infrastructure in his invasion, Putin is using winter cold as an offensive weapon. #PutinWarCrimes
Because @evan_greer will be on my show Wednesday 2pm in part to explore his @OpenAI#ChatGPT Christmas tunes, I had to commission a song as well. My prompt: "Write a country song about Vladimir Putin's dreams for the world." 🧵🎶⤵️
With only nine or so vaquitas left in Mexican waters with little control on deadly nets set for a black-market fish, silence is replacing this tiny porpoise's vocalizations. Extinction looms. But the next 6 weeks can make a real difference. Read. Share: revkin.bulletin.com/41778589089738… 1/
Last week I was poised to write game over - that the conservation community should conserve resources for other efforts. I'd kept track via my @nytimes#dotearth blog for years, as numbers plunged from a couple hundred to a handful. China, particularly, seemed immovable. 2/
Apr 23, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
In the 19th century, gravity + water at West Point Foundry equaled steam engine components, cannon barrels. Now simply this. Thanks to @scenichudson, the outdoor museum here always illuminates.
Some other views of what amounts to a @longnow outdoor museum of industry history and landscape recovery: West Point Foundry Preserve. Here's a snapping turtle walking past the one intact structure.
There's a logic fail in my old friend @billmckibben's effort to derail @DKeithClimate's plan to loft a balloon in Sweden. Arguing even this tiny step toward assessing #SRM must wait until '30 misses how long it takes to do anything related to climate. newyorker.com/news/annals-of…
Every facet of the global climate challenge is super tough and requires years (generations even) of effort. Today's photovoltaic, LED, and battery successes did not arise from Musk-style entrepreneurship. They started with grinding basic study, like lofting a first balloon. 2/
2. I guarantee there is one issue or problem at the interface between climate and society that suits your passions and skills best. Energy innovation? Vulnerability reduction? Community building? Political engagement? Global? Local? Glocal? All are needed. Choose your sweet spot.
Rare chance to AMA Larry Altman, 1pm ET. Hard to find anyone with deeper perspective in a week with a @POTUS, the press & an exhausted public flailing amid a pandemic. He edited @CDCMMWR early days, covered presidents' health 40 years for @NYTimes -joined by two Pulitzer winners!
You really have to meet Larry Altman, who's currently a global fellow at @TheWilsonCenter but wore a fascinating hat in the CDC smallpox unit in '65 (pic via @JHSPH_CHS) and did the first presidential interview on health with Reagan for @nytimes in '80: j.mp/larryaltman 1/
1. Some context for this LIVE @earthinstitute conversation at noon (US Eastern) on lessons from the #COVID19 pandemic and related economic turmoil that might reshape development/wellbeing pathways going forward. Join Herman Daly and @KateRaworth