Insects work very hard to feed the world’s people. They are also food for birds, bats and frogs, and they pollinate many plants, including food crops central to human civilization. But now civilization is destroying them.
The fierce debate over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is decades old. Now, the possibility is closer to reality, due to a rider on budget measures passed by the US House and Senate.
Record-breaking Atlantic hurricanes from Texas to Ireland and massive firestorms in California linked to record drought raise the question of whether the Earth has moved into a more dangerous phase of global warming.
Many experts believe renewable energy and distributed microgrids can save costs and be a better solution to extreme weather. Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure could present an opportunity to make this a reality.