July 7, 2022, PNAS: Opinion piece by Christopher Wolf and Bill Ripple
New and Notable
Ripple, W. J., DellaSala, D. A., Baumann, F., Gregg, J. W., Betts, M. G., Law, B. E., Bradshaw, C. J., Wolf, C. (2021). Zoonotic Diseases and Our Troubled Relationship With Nature. American Journal of Health Promotion, 35(9), 4-7.
July 27, 2021, The Guardian: Carbon emissions, ocean acidification, Amazon clearing all hurtling toward new records
July 30, 2021, Smithsonian Magazine: The authors say tropical coral reefs, the Amazon rainforest, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets may have passed dangerous tipping points
EcoWatch, Jan. 8, 2021: One year after over 11,000 scientists from 153 countries came together to declare a climate emergency and urge ambitious action, the Oregon State University researchers who launched that effort said on Wednesday that an urgent massive-scale mobilization is necessary to address the human-caused global crisis.
The climate crisis is getting worse and a “massive-scale mobilization” is needed to avert disaster, according to the latest assessment by a group of scientists led by a pair of Oregon State University researchers.
While there’s uncertainty about how the novel coronavirus originally infected people, it might have started as viral spillover (transfer) from bats or other wild animals. One emerging hypothesis based on DNA evidence is that, because of natural habitat destruction, horseshoe bats in China were forced into cities. Under increased stress, the bats shed viruses that were picked up by people and perhaps other animals in an early infection cluster.
LA Times, Dec 17: Bill Ripple said he was moved to act after the Camp fire devastated Paradise, Calif.
Energy Advice Hub, Dec 12, 2019: Professor William Ripple told the Energy Advice Hub: “Action by businesses around the world is the key ingredient in our collective effort in tackling the climate crisis.”
The 2010s was when society finally grasped the enormity of climate change. The 2020s will decide how we survive it.