Posts Under ‘Egypt’ Category

Arab Revolts & the Climate Connection

Over at Climate Central, I discuss this┬árecent essay that argues climate change has “played a necessary role” in the uprisings sweeping through the Arab world since January.

The Pale Blue Dot

H/T: Andrew Exum

The Upside to Global Warming

A climate blogger goes down the yellow brick road: The Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, has resigned, finally relenting to weeks of massive protests. Is he the latest casualty of climate change? I think I see an upside that everyone else is missing. If more oppressed populaces, inspired by the Egyptians (who were inspired by the…Continue Reading…

Cramming for a Column

Roger Pielke Jr. notes Paul Krugman’s recent learning curve on Egypt. As I pointed out, it helps if you have the right tutor.

The KrugRomm Hybrid

Did Joe Romm ghostwrite Paul Krugman’s column in today’s NYT? Let’s look at the uncanny similarities between Krugman’s op-ed and an argument advanced by Romm in several of his recent posts. For example, Krugman writes today (my emphasis): After all, the big question about uprisings against corrupt and oppressive regimes in the Middle East isn’t…Continue Reading…

About That Trigger

As the saying goes, third time is the charm: Expert consensus grows on contribution of record high food prices to Middle East unrest I have to say, the “status quo” media does come in handy some times. For example, one day “Scientific American jumps the shark,” and another day they are cited prominently in a…Continue Reading…

The Egyptian Inkblot

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt continue to be a fascinating ink blot. Peak oil is now another instigator being thrown into the volatile mix. (It’s not clear to me if declining oil reserves would count as as trigger or underlying cause.) As Andrew Revkin noted earlier this week, “everyone with an agenda seems to…Continue Reading…

At the Barricades

The big news and the big picture is captured by Anthony Shadid in his NYT dispatch, starting with this pitch perfect opening line: The future of the Arab world, perched between revolt and the contempt of a crumbling order, was fought for in the streets of downtown Cairo on Wednesday. His piece goes on to…Continue Reading…

The Revolution Will Not be Deferred

It’s not exactly Dewey Defeats Truman, but you can file this headline in the Never Mind department.

Romm Doubles Down on Egypt/Climate Link

I have a few questions for Joe Romm. 1) When you discuss the 2007-2008