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Derrick Z. Jackson: Building Back Severed Communities

The Biden administration wants to reconnect historically Black and Latino neighborhoods cut off by highway construction. There’s promise and peril in that.

June 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Early Dog Days in Vermont

It used to be you could live in Vermont without an air conditioner, or even a fan. The stores were very sparing in their shelf space for such things. Now, all the big retailers pile up boxes of cheap rattling room coolers as early as May, and sell them off.

June 13, 2021 · 3 Comments

Video: Ode to Desolation

Jim Henterly mans the historic fire tower on Desolation Peak, where he safeguards not only the surrounding national park lands, but the proud and passionate history of his profession.

June 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

Arlene Weiner: You’re Not Doing Enough!

A response to The Ministry for the Future, a novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. Orbit. 563 pp. I hope this is an important book. It’s speculative fiction, the term an expansion of … Continue reading

June 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: The First Giant Step? Unpackage

Plastic’s most common use is packaging.

June 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tim Radford: Irreversible Cascade of Global Climate Emergencies May be Near

Rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions is indispensable to limit the risks of crossing tipping points in the climate system.

June 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Emily De Ferrari: Sicilian Triptych

These honest waters, flow over the ancient debauchery of Baiae,
over the volatility of Marsili, bring to shore the bodies
but we do not see them.

June 9, 2021 · 5 Comments

Julia Conley: 126 Nobel Laureates Warn ‘Humanity Taking Colossal Risks With Our Common Future’

Ahead of G7, coalition of luminaries says “new relationship with the planet” and “transformational action this decade” absolutely necessary.

June 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Matthew Savoca, et al: Why are whales big, but not bigger?

Both toothed and baleen (filter-feeding) whales are among the largest animals ever to exist. Blue whales, which measure up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and can weigh over 150 tons, are the largest animals in the history of life on Earth.

June 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Dances with Whales

French freediving champion Guillaume Néry, and his partner, the French freediver, underwater filmmaker and dancer Julie Gautier, explore underwater vistas that appear otherworldly.

June 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

Alex Mayyasiis: To be more tech-savvy, borrow these strategies from the Amish

Despite growing up within driving distance of Amish Country, I never expected to see the Amish as a source of tech-savvy guidance.

June 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Arlene Weiner: After the Emergence of the Periodical Cicadas

bouquets of cicada brides whose courtship
made the sky sing so in May.
The wedding music stopped, these are left,
to be caught by maidens in seventeen years.

June 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Nina Kossman: While you wait for the music

While you wait for the music to open like a flower,
it is waiting for you to open yourself
to the air from which it is made

June 1, 2021 · 4 Comments

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

To end reliance on government-provided foods, many Native communities are seeking a different approach: a return to traditional foods and practices that are healthy and culturally centered.

May 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

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