Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Get it while you can

Specifically, I'm heading to Miami Beach today for the international conference on anti-retroviral adherence. If you've been here before, you know that it's critical for people with HIV to take their pills regularly, so that they will have suppressed viral loads, won't get sick, and won't be infectious. But that can be surprisingly challenging, for many reasons. I'll have more to say about that and give some updates from the conference.

The title of this post refers to the doom facing Miami Beach, which will be pretty much uninhabitable in about 25 years, with continual flooding and loss of access to fresh water as the sea infiltrates the Florida groundwater. By the end of the century, if we continue business as usual, it will be seafloor. With hotels sticking out.

This has been an incredible week for social policy in the U.S., and there are certainly hopeful signs there. But that isn't what the Koch brothers care about the most, and on fossil fuels, we haven't made an inch of progress in this country. The deniers are still in charge of the Congress and the corporate media still complacent. This is what will matter most in November, 2016.

1 comment:

robin andrea said...

Jon Stewart had a funny line the other night about "traditional sea-levels" when skewering Jeb! Bush about "traditional marriage." It will be unlike anything we've ever seen to have a city run out of drinking water and be submerged by the sea. But that may be what it will take for people to take the global warming crisis seriously.

The Supreme Court's decisions this week have been incredibly uplifting, especially following the massacre in Charleston, SC. A respite from our country's usual insanity.