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Optimism v. Pessimism. Boserup v. Malthus.

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I’ve written about Norman Borlaug often. (Here’s but one example.) Back when I was younger, he was advocating for what we now call the Green Revolution. And, while Borlaug was promoting methods to increase agricultural yields world-wide, there was a competing voice, that of William Vogt.

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Stop! In the name of truth!

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This post was written long before The Donald elected to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. (That accord is officially entitled the United Nations Framework  Convention on Climate Change.  I italicized ‘framework’ to ensure y’all recognize this is but a suggestion to preserve the world in which we live- not a series of regulations governing our lives.)  Everything in the post below still applies. Except now, the warnings are probably more dire.

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Lessons from Jonah.

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Welcome to 5777. That’s the year, according to Jewish Tradition.  We’ve just finished Sukot, one of the 3 Festivals delineated in the Tora (the others are Pesach [Passover] and Shvuot [Pentecost]),  a time of joy and celebration. The past two holidays of this month were called Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur)- in other words, they were holy days and not holidays.

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This is Your Brain. Your Brain Affected by Climate Change.

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I have always loved temperatures that breached the lower end of what most would consider comfortable.  It’s one of the reasons why living in Cambridge (MA) and Ann Arbor (MI) was a pleasure for me.    And, maybe this would be a great time to remind you (in case you forgot) that I don’t own a winter coat.  Oh, wait.  I don’t own any coats.   I simply don’t wear any.  Because it’s really never been too cold to need such an outfit.

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