Coup attempt at US Capitol must be punished with all force of law

What happened today at the US Capitol was an armed, paramilitary attack on the United States Congress. It was not a protest; it was not a riot. Armed militants used weapons to overwhelm Capitol security and carried out actions well described by federal law as part of a seditious conspiracy. Their intention, openly stated during … Continue reading Coup attempt at US Capitol must be punished with all force of law

Winter Branches

Moving between years is oceanic, shuffling of consequences from reef to reef, building a math without numbers, a hope for survival that feels like certainty. While winter branches split the weather into ribbons of past and future, our presence becomes like prayer. We ask eternity to show itself without breaking what we know; we furnish … Continue reading Winter Branches

Defiant

As the sun rises, we adjust to the idea that our election is now a season and not a day. It does not end at an hour or on a day, but exactly as it should: when every voice is heard. This year, the fabric of our social contract has been frayed by loss, confusion, … Continue reading Defiant

Food System Economics Commission—Why now?

Dear Friends, I recently took on the role of Interim Commission Director for the Food System Economics Commission—an independent, interdisciplinary academic commission working to deliver a state-of-the-art scientific assessment on the economics of the transition to healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems. Food systems at all levels suffer from flawed design, supply chain vulnerabilities, and … Continue reading Food System Economics Commission—Why now?

Energy must be Adaptive, Accessible & Pollution-free

The future of energy is being shaped by many converging forces, among them: Fast-moving multifaceted innovation; The geophysical and human health need for clean energy; Sustained and expanding growth-potential for low-carbon investments; Urban planning, energy-efficient building, and utility reform; Financial innovation, including integration of Earth science insights; The COVID-19 pandemic disruption. The COVID-19 pandemic emergency … Continue reading Energy must be Adaptive, Accessible & Pollution-free

Integrative Geopolitics—Earth Day talk at Lehigh University

An Earth Day talk, delivered to Lehigh University by Joseph Robertson, on the 50th annual Earth Day—April 22, 2020. Integrative Geopolitics: Climate Resilience in a Post-COVID World This online event is the keynote for Lehigh’s Earth Week 2020 Celebration, with support from the Office of Sustainability, in collaboration with the Environmental Initiative, Environmental Studies Program, … Continue reading Integrative Geopolitics—Earth Day talk at Lehigh University