Tag Archives: Elizabeth Kolbert

Dec. 19, 2016 The New Yorker

On Dec. 19, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Doctor’s Orders” about American Medical Association hundred year battle against health care reform, including repealing Obamacare.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Rage Against The Machine” about robots replacing humans in the workplace. We will be replaced. We will be unemployed. The technological solution will need political, economic and social solutions.

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Dec. 21, 2015 The New Yorker

On Dec. 21, 2015 The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Siege Of Miami” about rising sea levels from climate change. After reading this article. If you own property within two hundred miles of the ocean, you might want to sell it. Here are some excerpts:

“According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea levels could rise by more than three feet by the end of this century. The United States Army Corps of Engineers projects that they could rise by as much as five feet; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts up to six and a half feet.”

“In November, researchers reported that, owing to the loss of an ice shelf off northeastern Greenland, a new “floodgate” on the ice sheet had opened. All told, Greenland’s ice holds enough water to raise global sea levels by twenty feet.  At the opposite end of the earth, two groups of researchers—one from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and the other from the University of Washington—concluded last year that a segment of the West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into “irreversible decline.” The segment, known as the Amundsen Sea sector, contains enough water to raise global sea levels by four feet, and its melting could destabilize other parts of the ice sheet, which hold enough ice to add ten more feet. While the “decline” could take centuries, it’s also possible that it could be accomplished a lot sooner. NASA is already planning for the day when parts of the Kennedy Space Center, on Florida’s Cape Canaveral, will be underwater.”

“Many of the world’s largest cities sit along a coast, and all of them are, to one degree or another, threatened by rising seas. Entire countries are endangered—the Maldives, for instance, and the Marshall Islands. Globally, it’s estimated that a hundred million people live within three feet of mean high tide and another hundred million or so live within six feet of it. Hundreds of millions more live in areas likely to be affected by increasingly destructive storm surges.”

“Against this backdrop, South Florida still stands out. The region has been called “ground zero when it comes to sea-level rise.” It has also been described as “the poster child for the impacts of climate change,” the “epicenter for studying the effects of sea-level rise,” a “disaster scenario,” and “the New Atlantis.” Of all the world’s cities, Miami ranks second in terms of assets vulnerable to rising seas—No. 1 is Guangzhou—and in terms of population it ranks fourth, after Guangzhou, Mumbai, and Shanghai. A recent report on storm surges in the United States listed four Florida cities among the eight most at risk. (On that list, Tampa came in at No. 1.) For the past several years, the daily high-water mark in the Miami area has been racing up at the rate of almost an inch a year, nearly ten times the rate of average global sea-level rise. It’s unclear exactly why this is happening, but it’s been speculated that it has to do with changes in ocean currents which are causing water to pile up along the coast. Talking about climate change in the Everglades this past Earth Day, President Obama said, “Nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in South Florida.”

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Some people told me that they thought the only realistic response for South Florida was retreat.”

“Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami “What that means is, there’s no keeping the water out,” he went on. “So ultimately this area has to depopulate. What I want to work toward is a slow and graceful depopulation, rather than a sudden and catastrophic one.”

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Aug. 24, 2015 The New Yorker

On Aug. 24, 2015 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Short Term Myth” about how corporate executives cut long term research and development for their own short term gain.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Weight Of The World” about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat leader Christiana Figures. She is trying to persuade over 190 countries to come up with an effective way to reduce carbon emissions. She is motivated by alarming scientific reports. “Scientists warned that the world was on track for an average global temperature increase of four degrees Celsius (more than seven degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century. Such a temperature increase, they predicted, would transform the globe into a patchwork of drowned cities, desertifying croplands, and collapsing ecosystems.” Economic growth must be decoupled from emissions with incentives for renewable energy.

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Jun. 1, 2015 The New Yorker

On Jun. 1, 2015 The New Yorker’s Ed Caesar wrote “House Of Secrets” about a huge house  north of London is being built and how no one knows who the owner is.

Michael Specter wrote “Extreme City” about Angola. Apparently oil companies control the government and rich people do not pay their taxes. Dissidents are held without trial. Infrastructure is crumbling. The environment is suffering. It would be terrible to live in a country like that.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Why People Want to Get to Mars” about attempts to colonize the red planet. We may make human life on earth impossible. Some wealthy people think it would be a backup planet.

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Feb. 23, 2015 The New Yorker

On Feb. 23, 2015 The New Yorker’s Ian Parker wrote “The Shape Of Things To Come” about Apple designer Jonathan Ive.

Mary Norris wrote “Holy Writ” about learning how to edit famous authors at the magazine in the 1960s.

Zade Smith wrote “Brother From Another Mother” about comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

This 90th Anniversary issue also had articles about every decade written by Roger Angell, George Packer, Rebecca Mead, Hilton Als, Deborah Treisman, Elizabeth Kolbert, Adam Gopnick, Hendrik Hertzberg, David Remnick.

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Jul. 2, 2012 The New Yorker

On Jul. 2, 2012 The New Yorker’s John McPhee wrote “Editors and Publisher” about the magazine’s luminaries Robert Gottlieb, William Shawn and Roger Straus.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Spoiled Rotten” about how kids used to have to grow up fast. Hovering parents lead to 30 year old children living in their basements.

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Apr. 9, 2012 The New Yorker

On Apr. 9, 2012 The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Case Against Kids” about   whether having kids is worth it. Daniel Kahneman’s 2004 survey of 900 women showed that they did not enjoy taking care of children compared to “shopping, eating, exercising, watching TV, preparing food, and talking on the phone.”

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Oct. 3, 2011 The New Yorker

On Oct. 3, 2011 The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Peace In Our Time” about Steven Pinker’s book “The Better Angels Of Our Nature.” He thinks violence has declined over the centuries from changing attitudes and and the rise of government. American cities with high murder rates in poor neighborhoods are “Effectively stateless, living in a sort of Hobbesian dystopia beyond the reach of law enforcement.” “The civilizing mission of government never penetrated the American South as deeply as it had in the Northeast, to say nothing of Europe. Pinker works hard on his arguments but many see the violence in the news and think otherwise.

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Aug. 15, 2011 The New Yorker

On Aug. 15, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Business Of Austerity” about how the Republican Congress caused the US Government to default. By harming the full faith and credit of the United States they caused the stock market to fall, hurting their friends on Wall Street. Austerity hurts recovery.

Dana Goodyear wrote “Grub” about eating bugs as a source of protein.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Sleeping With The Enemy” about what happened to the Neanderthals. Apparently they were not as artistic or creative as humans.

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Jan. 31, 2011 The New Yorker

On Jan. 31, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Don’t Enter The Dragon” about the risk of investing in China. “A lack of transparency and a disregard for accounting regulations are all too common among US listed Chinese firms…” Chinese firms may try a reverse merger by buying American companies listed on the stock exchange to avoid scrutiny by investors or regulators.

David E. Hoffman wrote “Going Viral” about the Pentagon’s efforts to deal with swine flu and other biological threats.

Patricia Marx wrote “The Borrowers” about how people live the illusion of affluence by renting expensive clothes or purses.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “America’s Top Parent” about tiger mothers driving their children to excel.

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Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker

Aug. 2, 2010 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Blame Games” about Wall Street blaming the slow economic recovery from their collapse on Obama. They fear regulation that never happened. Fareed Zakaria noted that “…Fortune 500 companies are sitting on a cash hoard of 1.8 trillion.” Do they fear a recovery even more? By pouting, if will they be missing out. They may be holding themselves back.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Scales Fall” about overfishing. There are no longer plenty of fish in the sea.

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