Archive for climate change

The Food Supply Chain is at Risk

The global food supply chain is complex, vast, and vital to human existence. For that reason, when there are disruptions to the food supply chain, it makes major headlines. These headlines come in all shapes and sizes, including disruptions due to food recalls, natural disasters, disease, and political unrest, among others. Perhaps the biggest threat to the global food supply chain is climate change, as its effects are being felt already in many regions of […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

This was school vacation week and I spent most of it either with cross country skis or ice skates on my feet, which isn’t so bad except for the fact you have to be out in the cold to ski or skate, and I’m allergic to the cold, unlike my kids who would outlast any polar bear in a blizzard. As I take a break to warm up, here’s a look at this week’s news: […]

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Hurricane Earl, Cancer, and Statistics

As I write this, Hurricane Earl is chugging up the East Coast. I live in Boston; we don’t yet know if the hurricane will hit our area or whether we will just get much needed rain. The waiting has got me thinking about the weather related risks of global warming.  Scientific consensus is that global warming is real, and that in addition to warmer mean temperatures, we will also experience more extreme weather events—i.e., more […]

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Contradictory Public Views on Climate Change and Cap-and-Trade

The logistics industry is obviously interested in what sorts of taxes might be applied to fuels that emit carbon dioxide (CO2). Whatever laws are enacted will depend partly on the public’s opinion on these issues. Recent surveys show somewhat contradictory reactions in the American public as to whether green house gases are causing global warming, and if so, what should be done about it.  A recent poll by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies […]

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