Independent Commentary on Environmental and Natural Resource News
By Kurt Cobb
Sunday, September 16, 2018
'The Expanse' is a story about systemic ruin
"The Expanse" is a popular science fiction television series (based on a book series of the same name) that at first seems to fol...
Sunday, September 09, 2018
A kinder, gentler GMO; what could possibly go wrong?
The so-called CRISPR technique for editing the genes of plants and animals is being hailed as a more acceptable face of genetic engineering...
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Climate change, water and the infrastructure problem
I was watching an episode of the science-fiction noir thriller "The Expanse" recently. Set hundreds of years in the future, the ...
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Seawalls for oil refineries and other ironies of climate change adaptation
A friend of mine includes a saying with each of his emails that goes like this: "It shouldn’t be easier to imagine the end of civilizat...
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Artificial intelligence, fake images and crumbling trust in our narratives
In a piece I wrote in 2014 I opined, "If you want to corrupt a people, corrupt the language." I added, "Once it becomes impo...
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Climate, politics and the narrow vision of futurists
Most people know the tale of the blind men and the elephant . Each describes a part of the elephant. The elephant is said to be like a pilla...
Sunday, August 05, 2018
Eternity, nature, society and the absurd fantasies of the rich
Professor and author Douglas Rushkoff recently wrote about a group of wealthy individuals who paid him to answer questions about how to m...
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Saudi retreat on oil IPO highlights dearth of reliable information on world oil reserves
Since late 2016 the financial media has been abuzz about what would likely be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) ever: The sale of 5 ...
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Taking a short break - No post this week
I'm taking a short break from posting this week. I expect to post again on Sunday, July 29.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
"In Praise of Idleness" Revisited
Last week a new acquaintance displayed mild astonishment at the volume of my writing. He asked me how I come up with ideas for my pieces. I...
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