“Better a little with tranquility, than an abundance with chasing after the wind” Thus wrote the ancient scriptural author, whose wisdom encapsulates the answer to the question in the title. An organism or an organisation needs resources. But securing the resource is just the start - it must then be processed and “harvested”. And if … Continue reading Why are leaves green?
And just like that, life was discovered on another planet. No fanfare, no warning, there it was. Actually a moon, of Saturn, not far away at all. Enceladus is of course way too cold for life. On its surface. It has a lot of water, not uncommon (Pluto has water mountains), but at such freezing … Continue reading Life actually
Models of global climate warming from CO2 often frame the earth's temperature as the consequence of a single simple physical system. Radiative balance determines temperature and CO2 perturbs that balance in the direction of warming. End of story. With, of course, an important caveat of "everything else being equal". Envisioning the role of IR-active gasses … Continue reading Emergent Thermal Homeostasis: a new paradigm for e-pluribus-unum climate stability