The West Coast Wonder: California’s Response to Global Warming

California has always been at the forefront of progress and radical change. Maybe the weather keeps its citizens buzzing with open minds and open ideas or maybe it attracts higher thinkers but either way the Golden State is at it again. On January 1st, 2013 the state of California, in conjunction with the California Air … Continue reading

Now Showing: the Norovirus!

Broadcast news media in the United States are beginning to warn about the new strain of norovirus sweeping the nation. It’s bad, they say, and likely to get worse as it peaks in mid-February. Called “Gll.4 Sydney” for its origins in Australia in March of 2012, the virus has infected more than a million in … Continue reading

Fuel Economy: How Are We Doing?

Fuel Economy: How Are We Doing? More and more people are opting for electric or hybrid vehicles even if they have to pay a little more. It is a good sign that the mindset is beginning to change. Here is a short progress report on how automobiles are doing when it comes to current fuel … Continue reading

How Green Is Your Valley? Reflections on Environment 2012

How Green Is Your Valley? Reflections on Environment 2012 It’s not a question most people are comfortable asking now that Congress has a Republican majority which seems hell-bent on undoing all the environmental advances gained over the past decade. In spite of that, the above question needs answering, if only so that the minority of … Continue reading

So You Think You Want to Go Solar?

So You Think You Want to Go Solar? You’ve got your solar-powered battery charger to keep e-waste in check, and your hybrid solar LED lantern to make sure you’re never left in the dark. You even have a solar swimming pool cover, which delivers heat from the sun to your Caribbean-blue pool. Not to mention … Continue reading

Giving Back to Earth

Giving Back to Earth Three hundred sixty four days a year, we humans take some part of Mother Earth to sustain ourselves. Mostly, it’s food, but fuel for our vehicles is another big bite. So is the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, in huge power plants, to provide energy for … Continue reading

Just In Time for Christmas

Just In Time for Christmas It’s still green here in the Upper Midwest, and natives are starting to grouse about the lack of snow. After all, what is winter for if people can’t run their snowmobiles, ice fish on a mere two inches of ice, and slide around empty parking lots at top speed to … Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy: Our Brush with the ‘New Normal’

Hurricane Sandy: Our Brush with the ‘New Normal’ On October 29th, 2012 my wife, two children and I sat in the wake of a week’s worth of what I thought was media sensationalism, until we woke the next morning. We live about thirty minutes north of Manhattan and were lucky to live in a building … Continue reading

Storms in the 21st Century: Tracking Sandy

Storms in the 21st Century: Tracking Sandy Climate scientists warned us several years ago that increasing global warming would set off a chain reaction of bad weather called a negative feedback loop – defined as, “The worse it gets, the worse it gets.” Hurricane Sandy was a good example of what happens when business, industry … Continue reading

Censorship on Climate Change

Censorship on Climate Change They don’t want you to talk about it because it’s bad for business, and even worse for business-as-usual, but global warming – that 500-pound gorilla in the room – is pretty obvious even to the corporations and government agencies which are pretending it doesn’t exist. Whatever you choose to call it … Continue reading