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May 6, 2013

From the Guardian:


New research suggests that the Arctic summer sea ice loss is linked to extreme weather. Rutgers University climate scientistJennifer Francispoints to the phenomenon of “Arctic amplification”, where:


“The loss of Arctic summer sea ice and the rapid warming of the Far North are altering the jet stream over North America, Europe, and Russia. Scientists are now just beginning to understand how these profound shifts may be increasing the likelihood of more persistent and extreme w...

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Published on May 06, 2013 07:00 • 32 views

April 26, 2013

You get tiny, unexpected tastes of the world perfected in a lot of places, if you watch. I got it last week at my son Eli’s bar mitzvah (which I’ll write more about shortly). Naomi Shahib Nye got it in the place most of us feel as far from the world we want as possible – at her flight gate, waiting after a delay had been announced:


And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—

Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,


With green furry leaves. Such an old co...

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Published on April 26, 2013 08:38 • 35 views

April 24, 2013

There’s a great interview with Chris Nelder on why oil triumphalism is mistaken, and what that means for a whole host of things, including oil prices:


P: Now what about prices? We’ve seen oil prices soar from around $40 per barrel in 2004 to $140 per barrel in 2008. And nowadays, prices in the $100 range are pretty much normal.


CN:Oneof the implications of peak oil is that as production starts to falter, we need much higher prices in order to sustain production. And that’s exactly what’s happen...

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Published on April 24, 2013 08:09 • 45 views

I’m working slowly on laid hedges around portions of our property, and did a little more this winter. One of these days I’l have old fashioned hedges that are truly livestock tight and wildlife friendly.


Check it out!



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Published on April 24, 2013 08:04 • 24 views

Rod Dreher has an interesting post (building on a NYTimes article) about the glories of the art of confiture and why the obsessive creation of food-as-art is worth doing:


When I went to Paris a year ago with my niece Hannah, I brought back someconfitureby Christine Ferber. She makes some of the most prized jellies and jams in all of France. They’re expensive; those little jars you see above, which I brought back from that trip, cost about $9 or $10 each at the exchange rate back then. But oh,...

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Published on April 24, 2013 07:59 • 28 views

April 22, 2013

From the Japan Times:


Former Irish President Mary Robinson’s foundation for climate justice is hosting a major conference in Dublin this week. Research presented there said that rising incomes and growth in the global population, expected to create 2 billion more mouths to feed by 2050, will drive food prices higher by 40 to 50 percent.


“We must prepare today for higher temperatures in all sectors,” said Gerald Nelson, a senior economist with the Washington-based International Food Policy Resea...

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Published on April 22, 2013 06:55 • 22 views

I wrote this a few years ago for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, and frankly, I haven’t changed my mind.


I bloody hate Earth Day. No offense to those of you who love it, and I know there are some awesome Earth Day programs out there, but by the time we get there, I’m spending my days hiding under the covers, because every freakin’ time I open my email inbox a wave of the most nauseating spew of greenwashing comes flowing out.


Guess what? A major department store chain, nearly in bankruptcy, is n...

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Published on April 22, 2013 06:21 • 44 views

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