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Soil matters more than you think

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As I walked through the verdant fields filled with a dazzling array of sorghum, hairy vetch, daikon radish, collards, cowpeas, clover, millet, kale, and other crops, I was struck by how different this field looked relative to so many other farms I’ve walked over the years. When we conducted a spade test, digging out a […]


We cannot continue to grow in a finite space

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As we consider the Sussex County Comprehensive Plan, please read what I wrote, and what appeared in The Cape Gazette (Nov. 2007), 10 years ago. It is readily apparent that we must better appreciate the land, open space and natural resources, and the needs of people. As Dr. Seuss wisely conveyed in The Lorax, we […]


Life in the Anthropocene, Field Notes From The Santa Rosa Fires

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Anthropocene: relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment. The call came a little before 5 am, the morning of Monday, October 9. I stumbled toward the phone and retrieved the message. A neighbor’s voice, “Get ready […]


7.5 Billion People — That’s a lot!

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As the inimitable Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” And indeed it is. Some guesswork is always involved and surprises crop up that change the course of events. Yet, it is probably clear to most of us that the world is likely to become an increasingly and unpleasantly […]


What we’ve learned from largest methane gas leak in the U.S.

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Invisible disaster: Infrared images from the Environmental Defense Fund show a huge plume spewing from the ground. Two years ago today, the largest U.S. methane leak was discovered. The leak in northwest Los Angeles County focused attention on the state’s aging gas wells. Disaster snapshot The leaky well was one of 115 wells connected to […]


A 27-year study found the amount of insects flying in the air has declined 75%

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75% of the flying insects on protected lands in Germany seem to have died over the past 27 years. Researchers aren’t sure what’s responsible for the decline, but say climate change probably isn’t to blame. Bird populations are now also on the decline. Bug researchers in Germany are puzzled. New data suggests the total population of flying […]


Greening Apocalypse California

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“At some point the marble will fall into a warmer domain of equilibrium.” This is one of those essays that if read 100 years from now will be seen as either amazingly prophetic or yet another example of the misguided apocalyptic literature emerging in the early 21st century — the way flying cars and armies of rocketmen […]


Insectageddon: farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown

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Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention. Warning of ‘ecological […]


The overpopulation debate

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Overpopulation has been debated since British economist Thomas Malthus famously warned in 1798 that humans could reproduce far faster than they could increase their food supply. But since Malthus’s time, world population has grown from 800 million to 7.5 billion today. Yet worries about overpopulation are back. In part that’s because lots more people are […]


Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill May Be Largest Since BP Disaster

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An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last week may be the largest in the U.S. since the 2010 blowout at BP Plc’s Macondo well that sank the Deepwater Horizon rig. The Delta House floating production facility about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Venice, Louisiana, released 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil from early […]


Oil spills into Gulf of Mexico after underwater pipe bursts

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The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a crude oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans says they received a report from the National Response Center at 1:30 p.m. Friday from a damaged pipeline associated with a subsea well 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. The pipeline, which […]


Arctic on Fire

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On June 19, 2015, a slow-moving low-pressure system with spectacular thunderstorms that produced little rain began making its way through Alaska. By the time the storms finally petered out about a week later, 61,000 bolts of lightning had been unleashed on a boreal forest in the state. No one had ever seen anything quite like […]


A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica

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A hole as large as Lake Superior or the state of Maine has opened up in Antarctica, and scientists aren’t sure why it’s there. The gigantic, mysterious hole “is quite remarkable,” atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, told me over the phone. “It looks like you just punched […]


World population grows through history

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Watch the world’s population grow over the course of history on this amazing map! RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air


New Honey Research Suggests a Grim Outcome For Bees Worldwide

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Just when we thought things were finally looking up for the bee population, researchers have delivered some disheartening — and frightening — news. Swiss researchers recently published a study indicating that a large majority of the world’s bee population is affected by a common (yet controversial) pesticide, which has contributed to the alarming decline in […]


Is Population Decline Catastrophic?

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In the 1970’s we heard the earth was going to get so crowded we’d be falling off. Now the panickers have flipped to population decline. They were wrong in the 70’s, so are they wrong again? Is a declining population catastrophic? Countries from Germany to Japan are investing in mass immigration or pro-birth policies on […]


Our Shoggoths, Ourselves

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  There are many ways I could talk about the point I want to make in this week’s post, but when it comes to the really difficult issues—and yes, we’re going to be talking about one of those—the indirect routes are generally the most useful. For that reason, I want to start out with a […]


a Practical Method for Desalination of Seawater is Closer to Reality

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This could spell bad news for Nestle and other corporations seeking to corner the world market on clean water – but it would mean welcome relief for the hundreds of millions of people who have limited access to such a fundamental part of life. It is well-known that over 70 percent of the earth’s surface […]


Dispersant used to clean 2010 BP oil spill harmed humans

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A first-of-its-kind scientific study has determined that the dispersant BP sprayed at the oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 harmed human health. The symptoms — coughing, wheezing, skin irritations and burning eyes — tended to last only a little while for most of the people who were cleaning up the spill, said […]


The Strafing Run of Mother Nature 4: 2017 Autumn of the Apocalypse

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Discuss this article at the Environment Table inside the Diner I was going to take a break from Hurrican Reporting and devote my next article to another form of storm, the Financial Storm surrounding the breach of the Equifax security of Credit Data and the sprinkling out of SS#s and all the rest of your […]


Scientists warning of sand scarcity

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f you’re looking for a way to express something that’s staggeringly hard to count, you won’t find a more reliable metaphor than grains of sand. There is indeed quite a bit of it – about 7.5 quintillion grains on Earth’s beaches and deserts, according to one estimate. But if you think that this would be sufficient to […]


Reducing the World’s Population by Having Fewer Children, What’s the Problem?

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  Jorgen Randers speaks at the 1st Summer Academy of the Club of Rome, in Florence, Sep 2017   The Summer Academy of the Club of Rome saw an interesting debate when a young participant (Jacques Chartier-Kastler) asked to take the floor and speak about what he and his group were seeing as a problem: […]


It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

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About 40 years ago (are we dating ourselves here?) there was a margarine commercial on TV with the tag line, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” As it turns out, Mother Nature was not amused at being tricked into thinking some chemically manufactured concoction was “her delicious, sweet creamy butter.” And that’s when she […]


“Motherland” explores life and birth and an exploding population

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There’s a general lack of respect for and understanding of the Philippines, that Asian archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands with a dark Spanish-American colonial history. All the news we get these days is that the country is being ravaged by conflict with Muslim militants and a drug war run by recently elected president […]


If There Was Such A Thing As A Category 6 Hurricane, This Would Be It

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Hurricane Irma has become even stronger than the most extreme forecasts were projecting.  According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma had sustained winds of 185 miles per hour at one point on Tuesday.  That makes it the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history “outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean”.  I was criticized for suggesting that […]


Heading Off the World’s Water Woes

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The world faces water problems on a scale never before experienced in history. The global population is growing as water resources are shrinking. The world’s leading water experts and officials met in Stockholm from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 for the annual World Water Week. The challenges—and solutions—they discussed included how to guarantee the human […]


Arctic riches: A most insane discussion

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As climate change rips away the icy armor of the Arctic, nations surrounding the North Pole and companies eager to exploit the area’s mineral wealth–particularly oil and natural gas–are growing giddy with anticipation. So reports the Associated Press, though the AP is by no means the first to report this story. The slow-motion battle over […]


Neighborhoods Worry About Living Amid Oil And Gas Development

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In Northern Colorado, there are growing concerns in neighborhoods and communities about oil and gas wells sitting too close to their homes and schools. Last Spring, the danger became clearer when a home exploded in Firestone, Colo., killing two people, after a small pipeline connected to a well began leaking odorless gas into the basement. […]


The Plastic Garbage Now Equals the World’s Population in terms of Tons

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Zoom Free plastic trash! Literally 1 ton for each living human being on this planet!  


Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us

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Our core ecological problem is not climate change. It is overshoot, of which global warming is a symptom. Overshoot is a systemic issue. Over the past century-and-a-half, enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing, and consumption; and these in turn led to population increase, pollution, and […]


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