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Joined 8 years ago from Delaware River Valley




Sharon and I (I’m Mord) live with our dogs and cats in the Delaware River Valley, having recently moved from the Hudson Valley.  Our children are grown, and Sharon has two grandchildren, who now are only a couple of miles away.  On March 11, 2008, my first grandchild, Cavanagh, was born.  His birth set me to wondering what the country and the world will be like when he’s 20 or 50 or my age.  I put Cav’s picture up here (he’s signing, at age 14 months, for his car!) and thought I’d try writing about some of my concerns – the environment, how we govern ourselves, make the world better or worse, live with each other.  In my experience, writing is about learning and discovery and also the shedding of light on things that go bump in the night, which makes them less scary.  Or, if not less scary, at least less mysterious.

Currently I'm focused on putting these concerns into a book and now an occasional blog.  I hope to be able to excerpt some of this writing for publishing on Hubpages.

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  • What's the Real Cost of Fossil Fuels?

    What's the Real Cost of Fossil Fuels?

    8 years ago

    Fossil fuel market prices don’t reflect the externality, or social cost, of pollutants, including carbon dioxide that causes global warming. Since the catastrophic effects of climate change will occur decades in...

  • Earth's Temperature: A Brief History of Recent Changes

    Earth's Temperature: A Brief History of Recent Changes

    8 years ago

    Changes in Earth's temperature used to be caused by changes in sunlight, which in turn were caused by irregularities in the Earth's orbit around the Sun. Now, however, temperature changes are caused by changes in...

  • World Population: How Did It Get So Big?

    World Population: How Did It Get So Big?

    8 years ago

    The world could have fed no more than half of today's population had it not been for two technological innovations: the Haber-Bosch process, invented in 1909, and high-yield varieties of corn, wheat and rice, developed...