A reluctant enthusiast

A few weeks ago, I checked out a copy of “Eaarth,”  (yes that’s the correct spelling) by Bill McKibben, from the Library.  I stopped reading it three chapters in. As McKibben points out, rightfully, statistics are pretty dire for this ol’ earth of ours. As his book descriptor reveals: “…we need to acknowledge that we’ve…

Global warming, or, “holy crap”

  Mother Jones has obtained a copy of the draft  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s 2013 Summary for Policymakers report, and is highlighting five of the most “holy crap” moments from it. While Mother Jones notes that its 95 percent certain humans are behind much of the global warming experienced in the last 60 years…

The air out there: How Utah is dealing with winter air pollution

Winter pollution in the Wasatch Front — an area of north central Utah — has some of the worst air quality in the country. It’s baffling in a way, since the area is a hub of outdoor splendor. In February, the New York Times explored the issue: For the last few years, the area has…

Summer bounty

It’s Farmers’ Market season in Pittsburgh; from May to November local farmers set up their tables at stands across the city and sell their bounty to their neighbors. I’m fortunate to live near one, and work near another. The above bounty is courtesy of Edible Earth Farm and CSA, based in Tionesta. It’s certified organic, and…

There’s more to Shark Week then megalodon

As users of every social media outlet, like Twitter, likely know, it’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel. Sharks are having a bit of a moment right now, thanks to SyFy channel’s made-for-TV movie  Sharknado, about a waterspout that carries sharks out of the ocean and into LA where they eat people and are fended off…

A bad day to be a salmon #salmonwatch

I have never been one to find bears “cute.” Maybe this is because my plush stuffed animals of choice as a child were a dinosaur, a panda wearing a panda onesie (at my own doing) and a clown (adorable, not scary) aptly name Clownie, I never appreciated the assorted styles of teddy bears that my…

Milky Way Monday

It’s Monday. Let’s take a deep breath before the week gets rolling, and enjoy this view, posted by Dinosaur National Park’s Facebook page. And they posted this brilliant quote with it: “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” — Carl Sagan Enjoy