Heat, drought, floods, and wildfires are the ‘new normal’ 

Can we agree that climate change is real?  Twenty-two out of 26 days with highs over 95 degrees isn’t a typical July in the Boise Valley. Nor is it normal for 200 people in Washington and Oregon and 500 in British Columbia to die of the heat. The Southwest is now in a decade-long drought …

Voters call on Biden to manage crises

“Just what do you see in Biden?”   It’s an honest question. Biden is not as charismatic as John Kennedy or Barack Obama. He’s not promoting changes as far-reaching as Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. But Biden is a manager. Many voted for him because they believe he can improve the U.S. responses to the coronavirus …

Climate Change & Candidates

Climate change has hardly been an issue in presidential debates since Al Gore and George W. Bush faced off in the 2000 elections. The topic has come up a grand total of 16 minutes in the four series of presidential debates since. But climate change is getting harder to ignore. Heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes, and …

Climate change apparent – solutions aren’t

Black Friday this year marked the containment of one of the nation’s worst wildfires and the release of a 13-agency study detailing what Americans can expect from global warming in the next 70 years. California’s Camp Fire was the nightmare predicted by climate change research. It started Nov. 8, well after the normal fire season, …

Heat wave – no joke for Idaho

Hot enough for you? That overworked, but cheerful greeting continues to make me chuckle. It’s a wonder we can still joke about 100 degree plus weather. 2018 is on track to be the fourth hottest year on record for the U.S. That would mean that 18 of our 19 hottest years  will have occurred since …