As the COVID emergency ravages communities and nations around the world, climate disruption is accelerating, fresh water supplies are becoming less secure, and our food systems are facing serious risk of collapse. We are experiencing the worst mass extinction on Earth since our species first evolved. These are the ingredients of a complex and worsening […]

In the run-up to the 2020 US Presidential election, many of the core elements of a functioning society—so long taken for granted—seem to be at risk of serious destabilization. Everyday life has been disrupted by a pandemic that is killing hundreds or thousands a day. Economic hardship and food insecurity are spreading. Political disinformation has […]

An Earth Day 2020 talk, delivered to Lehigh University by Joseph Robertson, on the 50th annual Earth Day—April 22, 2020. Integrative Geopolitics: Climate Resilience in a Post-COVID World This online event is the keynote for Lehigh’s Earth Week 2020 Celebration, with support from the Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Environmental Initiative, Environmental Studies […]

In a shocking, but not entirely surprising development, Antonio Donato Nobre—a leading Amazon rainforest conservation expert—says the actions of the Bolsonaro government in Brazil may have put the viability of the complex Amazon rainforest ecosystem beyond the point of no-return. This is because of a convergence of two major destructive forces—deforestation and climate disruption. The […]

Studies of significant changes to the Jet Stream—a fast-moving river of air that plays a major role in regulating climate patterns—show increasing risk of prolonged catastrophic drought and threats to the human food supply. Scientific American is reporting: extreme jet stream patterns like those of 2018 may be getting more common and more extreme, representing […]