Category Archives: Environment

Three questions about climate change addressed by President Obama

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama made some very clear statements about climate change.  Much clearer and more direct than any other U.S. President we’ve had so far.  He even addressed “three questions about climate change” … Continue reading

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McKibben’s climate change math

Over the past few decades, Bill McKibben has been one of the more persuasive environmental writers chronicling the changes to our planet.  His recent article in Rolling Stone magazine continues his run.  The main point … we haven’t made much … Continue reading

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A few trends in environmental optimism

Photo source: Smoke Control Lantern Slide Collection, ca. 1940s-1950s.  Title: Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues, Pittsburgh, PA.   Industrial smoke, what’s optimistic about that?  It’s the fact that many of our old industrial towns are now much healthier to … Continue reading

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Can we discuss environmental changes without being so gloomy?

I have to admit that I have a difficult time figuring out what to write on this blog without being so gloomy.  My intention is to write about “big changes” happening in the environment, because they are fascinating and I … Continue reading

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Big Changes and the Anthropocene

The pace of environmental change has picked up speed over the past 50 years and there are few reasons to think that it will slow anytime soon.  We are living through an unprecedented time of “Big Changes” in the world, … Continue reading

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Where do all the trees for reforestation come from?

It takes a lot of trees to turn an old pasture into a forest.  Over the past week I’ve been visiting a bunch of sites where trees like the ones above have been planted.  These are all native tree species … Continue reading

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Two sides of a mountain

My last post included a sunset.  Everyone loves sunsets.  Like I said in the post, there are amazing sunsets right now on the Pacific side of Costa Rica because it’s pretty dry, which means there aren’t many clouds.  The Atlantic … Continue reading

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