Climate change is a boatload of issues for me even though it started as a curiosity in the mid-eighties. I found myself continually drawn to research showing the negative feedback loops were falling away, while the positive feedback loops for human forcing of the climate remained and in some cases intensifying. Trained as a biologist, I became increasingly concerned, about the affect excessive Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) would have on humans. Then it became obvious that we weren’t giving human induced climate change the proper priority in our national agenda. In fact, certain interests were downplaying the event. That bothered me.
My first issue with human forcing of the radiative balance: What kind of dirtbags fight the facts to line their pockets--with the misery of others? I found out. Of course that also meant I had to give up my status as a Silicon Valley playboy. Do you have any idea how pissed I was to go from yuppie to earth muffin?
Then there was that slap on the side of the face that said I had just fallen off the turnip truck: My first book, The Galileo Syndrome, published by Canopy Publishing hit the market in 2004. Foolishly, I thought The Galileo Syndrome would make a difference by adding clarity and intelligence to the climate debate. Heck, it was used as a college textbook on environmental philosophy... Ah, so what?
The madness of economic inertia drowning important information--and my book--prompted my second book, The Dialogues of Sancho and Quixote. A satire about crazy people debating environmental topics. My third book, The Fires of Home, centers on the tipping point and how excess retained energy can irrevocably alter the human experience. Somehow there had to be a way to appeal the humanity of dirtbags.
My forth book The Dirties expands into the problems of over population while keeping true to the series. Did you know in some quarters, human forcing of the climate is considered a population problem--so a decreased population due to the changing climate isn't a problem. It is a solution! And so ended my notion of appealing to the humanity of greedy people. Both books contain a bit of dark humor. Okay, maybe a lot of it.
Then came my blog, "The Climatebull" You really need to read it. It's funny, poignant, and to the point--as in a spear.
My newest book, Hobo Signs, is the final book of a series that began with The Galileo Syndrome, continued with The Fires of Home and flowed into The Dirties. The structure of this series is edgy. In every way, Hobo Signs is the tether for the other three books. It is a very satisfying book. Oh, and that dark humor, you betchya'.
A transplanted New Yorker (so that's where the attitude comes from), I have lived and worked in Europe and on both coasts. My background is IT.