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Archives for May, 2009

Science Progress looks at the discouraging feedback loop between climate change and Western wildfires: New research investigating the impact of climate change on western wildfires presents a bleak picture. CAP Senior Fellow Tom Kenworthy covers the latest science in an American Progress column this week, explaining the problematic feedback cycle: higher temperatures from global warming…

I’ve noted several times here how more measured heads keep emphasizing that a) we’re working on partial information in responding to the current swine flu outbreak and b) new developments may complicate things at any point along the line. Here’s a great example of what these folks (like Effect Measure, Crof, and Avian Flu Diary)…

While I’m at it, here are a few other recent posts about modulating our thinking about the swine flu outbreak that is a) so far less horrid than our worst fears and b) still working its way around the globe, as it may well be doing for some time to come. Greg Laden notes that…

In a post titled “Dead, Your Majesty,” H5N1, Crof ponders why we scramble to deal with swine flu while ignoring other problems ranging from cancer to the 3000 children a day who die of malaria in Africa : Most of us are comfortably settled in rich industrial countries where problems like TB and AIDS are…

Theme of the day (again, sort of): managing expectation, or Do I panic or just ignore this thing and scoff at those who express concern? Neither, of course. I’m personally provisionally encouraged at the aggregated news from yesterday — meaning I was glad to see that though the virus is spreading, its pace doesn’t seem…