Archive for the 'Environment' Category

10 CITY HACKS FOR CLEVELAND’S NEXT MAYOR…

September 17th, 2013

Personally, I like nos. 4, 6 and 8 best. Marc Lefkowitz writes: 1. Implement the Cleveland Climate Action Plan — The plan provides a detailed inventory of where and how much carbon is being emitted from both city operations and the community. The next step will be to create an action agenda with priorities on […]

THIS MADE ME INCREDIBLY SAD THIS MORNING…

September 6th, 2013

Yes, this is an amazingly bizarre revelation for me…

DOMINION IS A FANTASY…

September 1st, 2013

RESISTANCE IS MANDATORY…

August 29th, 2013

Sherry Chandler reminded me this morning of the power of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath: The man sitting in the iron seat did not look like a man; gloved, goggled, rubber dust mask over nose and mouth, he was a part of the monster, a robot in the seat. The thunder of the cylinders […]

RIGHT OPPORTUNITIES, RIGHT SOLUTIONS…

August 13th, 2013

Marc Lefkowitz writes: Urban highways have a poor track record of improving commute times. In many cases, they “induce demand” for building new roads and move the same population farther away from existing centers. They end up making people more reliant on driving. Over time, the new road fills up with cars and the advantage […]

IF YOUR PREMISE IS WRONG, THEN YOU’RE WRONG…

July 7th, 2013

Normally I’m in agreement with Robert Reich. I’m not starry-eyed over the Clintons the way he continues to be, but generally I think he has his head screwed on right. When he takes House Republicans to task, however, and begins with the premise: A basic economic principle is government ought to tax what we want […]

WHEN THE NOISE IS JUST TOO MUCH…

June 16th, 2013

You Tube is a treasure trove of environmental sounds…

THE WONDER OF NATURALISTS AND BIRDS…

June 9th, 2013

Birds, a perennial human fascination, entertained medieval homes long before science took them for serious study. “Wisdom of Birds” author Tim Birkhead tours some intriguing birdwatcher lore (dug up in old field journals) — and talks about the role it plays in ornithology today.

CLEVELAND METROPARKS CUTS TOO MUCH GRASS…

June 7th, 2013

[Update 1031: I just go back from my bike ride and, Scout's Honor, there was a Metroparks employee weed-whacking the edge of the woods WHERE NO ONE WALKS, EVER!] Looking at my backyard from my desk, I see a doe browsing in a, mostly untouched, bit of clearing. I mow my front yard, but not […]

LOVE YOUR MOTHER…

April 22nd, 2013

Happy Earth Day…

DYSTOPIA COMES TO AMERICA…

December 3rd, 2012

In America, tragedy doesn’t count unless it happens to rich New Yorkers. Think Oklahoma City vs. New York, think Kiribati, the Maldives and Seychelles vs. New York, think New Orleans vs. New York, think Port-Au-Prince vs. New York, think Detroit vs. New York; are you as sick of whining rich New Yorkers as I am? […]

IF ONLY WE HAD RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT CARTER…

November 15th, 2012

Thomas Hedges writes: “This is a very American idea,” Arne Jungjohann, a director at the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation (HBSF), said at a press conference Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. “We got this from Jimmy Carter.” Germany adopted and continued Carter’s push for energy conservation while the U.S. abandoned further efforts. The death of an […]

MOVE OR BUILD DIKES…

November 5th, 2012

A Jewish view of hurricanes

SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS MATTER… A LOT…!

October 31st, 2012

Chris Mooney wrote in 2007: Even as we act immediately to curtail short term vulnerability, every exposed coastal city needs a risk assessment that takes global warming scenarios into account…Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York have been studying that city’s vulnerability to hurricane impacts in a changing world, and […]

HIGH-RISK V. LOW-RISK THREATS TO THE U.S….

October 30th, 2012

David Rothkopf writes: Sandy also will batter the other elements of the region’s infrastructure, in which America has failed to invest for the past half century or so. She will destroy weakened roadways and bridges and breakwaters. She will lash ancient port facilities. She will paralyze an air-traffic control system and railway systems that lag […]

HOW WOULD GOV. JOHN KASICH SCORE…?

October 6th, 2012

OHIO AS DUMPING GROUND FOR THE MIDWEST…

September 14th, 2012

Via What’s Up… WHAT: Fracking Waste and Ohio’s Injection Wells WHERE: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church WHEN: Saturday, 15 September at 3:30 p.m. Teresa Mills, representative from the Buckeye Forest Council and CHEJ, will give a free (with free parking) presentation titled, “What You Need to Know About Toxic Fracking Waste and Ohio’s Injection Wells,” […]

SHOULD WE CELEBRATE LESS BLOODY…?

August 18th, 2012

On Monday I had an excellent lunch with Cavana Faithwalker and his daughter at the Barroco Gill on Madison. The food was amazing (you have to try this place) but the conversation was more so. One of the topics we discussed involved a story Cav had sent me earlier involving farmers in India profiting from […]

AIR, WATER, FOOD, ENERGY…

August 6th, 2012

These are the vital elements for survival of any individual ranked in the order of which their absence is most critical under normal environmental conditions (energy moves up in temperature extremes, we tend to freeze to death pretty quickly). In the 21st century, however, energy continues to gain significance as electrical devices increasingly define access […]

FROM THE STATE THAT GAVE US BERNIE SANDERS…

July 30th, 2012

From the Burlington Free Press: Burlington[, Vermont,] police in riot gear shot protesters with what they described as “pepper balls” and “stingball pellets” as a large, peaceful demonstration turned violent and ugly Sunday afternoon. No arrests were made. It was unclear if any of the protesters were seriously injured. Six New England governors and five […]

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