Category Archives: Sustainability

The green green roofs of home

Tweet If you were an alien arriving on earth for a visit, what would you see?  If you came in over one of the mega-cities that increasingly cover the earth’s surface, roughly a third of your field of view would … Continue reading

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49 people who could save the planet

Tweet The list (of 50) is out at the Guardian.  There are a number of obvious choices (Al Gore, Wangari Maathai), a few oddballs (Cormac McCarthy? Say what? Leonardo di Caprio? Honestly.), and various ordinary and a few extraordinary unknown … Continue reading

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Biofuels and sustainability: the pros weigh in

Tweet The Ecological Society of America, the Nation’s leading body of professional ecological scientists (of which I am a proud member), has released a position statement on biofuels sustainability.  The full text is here.  Because these are highly important issues … Continue reading

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The future of auto fuel is green . . . and slimy?

Tweet Not so long ago, biofuels seemed like the holy grail we’d all been looking for.  After the euphoria came the hangover, including a pounding headache about the side-effects of cultivating corn and oil palm. And now we’re faced with … Continue reading

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Carnival of the Blue 8

Tweet . . . is now online at “I’m a Chordata, Urochordata“.  Lots of food, sex, death, and more — what’s not to like?!  The history of the COB is written there, including last months’s episode, proudly hosted here by … Continue reading

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When pigeons become endangered, something is surely amiss

Tweet What could be a more iconic zoological symbol of the transformation of the environment into a thoroughly human construct than the feral pigeon?  To a modern human cliff-dweller in the canyons of the world’s metropoli, this humble creature is … Continue reading

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When Nature calls

Tweet No, not that abominable Jim Carry movie — I mean the real thing.  Well, virtually speaking. Tired of the same old cheesy default ringtones Verizon programmed onto your phone?  The Center for Biological Diversity has established “RareEarthtones“, which provides … Continue reading

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Happy green New Year

Tweet Allow me to join the venerable Archbishop of Canterbury in wishing everyone a Happy, and green, New Year.  The Archbishop has just released his New Year’s message to the faithful on, yes, YouTube (the times, verily, are a-changin’).  As reported by The … Continue reading

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What I did on my Christmas vacation

Tweet Well, it’s not over yet (thankfully), so this should really be in present tense. What is perhaps most important, to me, is what I didn’t do this year — which is stumble through the long, hectic, progression of travel, … Continue reading

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Declining ocean health: It’s the economy, stupid

Tweet I know, I used the same subtitle for another recent post.  But I’m not recycling titles out of laziness — well, not entirely anyway. I do so here to highlight the simple, yet perversely (and perhaps intentionally) misunderstood theme whose … Continue reading

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