The Disaffected Lib: How South Americans are Killing Their Environment

In some places, cutting down trees can have huge consequences.  In South America, the impacts are especially far-reaching.  Deforestation has picked up again in the Amazon.  That, in turn, is causing havoc to the region’s hydrological cycle, triggering severe drought. The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be ...

The Disaffected Lib: Nature’s Version of Waterboarding

Think of it as the difference between a refreshing drink of water and undergoing waterboarding.   We used to expect the former from nature but now, all too often, it’s the latter. Las Vegas is an object lesson.   The desert city is now forced to drain its essential freshwater from a distant corner of the state ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Raincoast May Be Getting Wetter

Coastal British Columbia may not be a great place to live if you have problems coping with rain.   We have what I like to call the “Rain Festival” that runs from around mid-October until somewhere between June and July.   Lard, Jaysus and Tunder but it can get wet.  New research is showing that it’s probably ...