The red tide is here

I was one of thousands devastated by the declaration in November 2015 that the dungeness crab season would be indefinitely delayed due to the accumulation of toxic levels of demoic acid in their crabby bodies. Sure, they’re just crabs, but dungeness season is one of my favorite food holidays on the calendar. There would be…

Drought may exacerbate the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses

This week the World Health Organization declared the spread of Zika virus the world’s fourth international public health emergency. Ever. Just one of several mosquito-borne illnesses with severe health impacts on humans, including death, the media has been quick to connect the expected spread of Zika to the global changing climate. Mosquitos thrive in wet, hot conditions and, as the world warms,…

Will water insecurity destabilize the world?

In its 2015 Global Risk Report, the World Economic Forum ranks the increasing instability of  water resources as the world’s top risk. Nothing is more likely to destabilize the global economy than water security; not fossil fuels, not food production, not combat or genocide. But that’s just the thing – these problems are all connected. Without enough water, food…