Category Archives: Environment

The Environmental Legacy of the Cold War: Progress, Problems, and the Big Picture

Also published here. “I was a 28-year-old kid and I didn’t stop to ruminate about it. I didn’t think, ‘My God, we’ve changed the history of the world!’”. – Glenn T. Seaborg, Nobel Prize winner and Manhattan Project Scientist, from a 1947 interview, on his discovery of plutonium six years earlier. I believe that the [...]
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“Useful idiots”, and why I don’t like to blog about climate change anymore.

The other day, John Fleck of the Albuquerque Journal posted an update on his work blog about the latest US government climate change report, and the specific information it contained regarding how climate change is affecting – and will continue to affect – things here in the American Southwest.  It was his usual interesting, straightforward, [...]
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The Environmental Cost of the Cold War

Originally published here. Late July, 1991: It was one of those hellishly hot days here in Albuquerque, where you either stayed inside with the air conditioner running, or found a swimming pool someplace, or just sat in front of a fan and tried to stay cool. I was working as a student intern out on [...]
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