Tree ridge in flames during the 2018 Woolsey Fire, California, US (2018)

A slow-motion Gaza or how to carbonize Planet Earth

Amid the daily headlines about the nightmare in Gaza and the earlier ones about the war in Ukraine, that other war, the potentially ultimate one that humanity is waging on the planet itself (with the slow-motion equivalent of nuclear weapons — the burning of fossil fuels), is getting all too little attention. And yet it should be considered the equivalent, even if in slow-motion, of World War III.

November 28, 2023

California wildfires

Are We the Dinosaurs of the 21st Century?

Consider all of this, then, the deepest form of human madness and just hope that somehow, from the Middle East to Ukraine, Beijing to Washington, we can wake up to what we’re doing to ourselves before it’s too late.

October 20, 2023

Nuclear explosion

The Slow-Motion Equivalent of a Nuclear War?

It couldn’t be more inappropriate to use the term “new Cold War” right now on a globe where a previously unimagined version of a hot war is staring us all, including most distinctly the United States and China, in the face.

October 3, 2023

Lahaina, Hawaii

A Global Maui Moment

And sadly enough, in that war of nature, we humans are the terrorists and those fossil-fuel company CEOs are our very own Osama bin Ladens.

September 18, 2023


A Third Way?

Increasingly, with the never-ending burning of fossil fuels, Ground Zero is no longer a single city of any sort, but this planet itself and, whether we’ve already found a third way to destroy ourselves (and so much else) or not, there is something awesomely ominous about our urge to destroy so much with our multiplying versions of fallout.

July 17, 2023

New York under wildfire smoke

Living on a Smoke-Bomb of a Planet

Put another way, it should have been a signal to us all that we — New Yorkers included — now live on a new, significantly more dangerous planet, and that June 7th may someday be remembered locally as a preview of a horror show for the ages.

June 20, 2023

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