Unwanted Feedback

Sunbeams two-step over white blankets Gliding painlessly between worlds, Then stray too close to the edge Where looming Arctic waves Trap their latent heat; Ending the dance, And leaving Only Sea. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research that has provided the first quantitative evidence for the “albedo feedback” effect in the Arctic. It … Read more

You All Fall Down

Balanced on a rock Orange sneezeweed in your mouth; You drop in the heat. This is a Haiku, inspired by recent research which has found climate change responsible for the local extinction of the American pika from  California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The American pika is a small mammal adapted to high altitudes and cold temperatures, … Read more

An Elevated Imbalance

The crops that we all need to sustain life Are weakened by upturns in CO2; Engaging in this atmospheric strife Means less nutritious protein can accrue. But will this cause distress for me or you? For those who have the least, the risks are high, Because of greenhouse gases that we spew. And as we … Read more

Bad Breath

We need to breathe so that we can all live, And yet our lungs are not a perfect sieve; So why is it that people still deny: Pollution in the air can make you die.   Small particles suspended in the air, Are something of which we should be aware; Ozone is deadly when low … Read more

The Coastal Calypso

The Caribbean Sea is clad, Between Belize and Trinidad; And underneath an azure sky, The ocean waves blow loudly by.   Four months to cross from east to west, Then at the boundary they congest; Escaping with a wet reply, The ocean waves blow loudly by.   And somewhere up in outer space, We measure … Read more

It Isn’t Really Up to Me

With climate change now set in stone I go to turn on my TV, And watch the other people moan: “It isn’t really up to me.”   “I heard the US fracked for oil, And China built some factory; It’s them who rape and rot and spoil, It isn’t really up to me.”   Of … Read more

Going North for the Winter

I feel the powder beneath my feet; A sickening howl to the south, But I know that I am safe And so I dance with joy. Until my heart stops, As I see that I have run Out of Snow This is a nonet, inspired by research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which found that … Read more

A Fish Will Not Find Home Before It Dies

Ocean acidity is on the rise, With many repercussions such as that A fish will not find home before it dies.   The new pH makes fish act in surprise, Prevents them hearing a new habitat; Ocean acidity is on the rise.   New slower swimming speeds mean their demise, Their brain pathways arrange in … Read more

Fat on Nitrogen

A Rhode Island pond – The beaver tastes the cold air As he builds his dam   Now somewhere upstream On a vast and dying lake – The waterfowl glide   No cold carp live here – Choked by a mass of algae Fat on Nitrogen   Round the river bend The cowhand lights a … Read more

The Sea Life is Never the Same

Antarctic sea shelves are diverse, With worms and seastars worth acclaim; Conditions are not too adverse, The sea life is never the same.   But as temperatures start to rise, The cold barrier becomes lame; From the slopes new creatures arise, The sea life is never the same.   Below nought point four degrees C, … Read more

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