…Brazil has elected a new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who favors abolishing protected indigenous lands. He has promised to scale back enforcement of environmental laws, calling them an impediment to economic growth, and has made his intentions for the Amazon clear. “Where there is indigenous land,” he said last year, “there is wealth underneath it.” The elected Gods of Mammon will dig under cities, under schools, under parks and islands and mountains and rainforests–will turn Earth into profit; into temporary freedom from the certainty …

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…or a liberal hoax after all. Granted, human memory can be a leaky sieve and the tendency to make things markedly WORSE or BETTER “when I was a boy” is pretty common. But here is a way to put facts (remember those? They were once in everyday use) behind your avuncular stories to the kiddies about it being cooler of a summer back in the Old Days. Want to see how summer temps have changed in your home town over your lifetime? Go to …

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The more a person knows about the complexity and fragility and inter-dependent webs within the living world, the more outrage and sadness and sense of powerlessness they are likely to suffer. Aldo Leopold said it well: “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of …

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Don’t get me wrong: the bigger-hammer folks still prevail in the arena of strip-mining the soil for maximizing profit from monoculture-derived soy, corn, cotton and the like. And granted, the insects and weeds still either have or are evolving the upper hand. Again. But Monsanto-Bayer, Bosch and John Deere are seeing in this another opportunity to make a buck while seeming-GREEN. Yet again, the upper hand against an uncooperative NATURE is (wait for it): more technological fixes. See Robots fight weeds in challenge to …

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I pledge: to never again use a new plastic straw. I made that commitment–regrettably and only after decades of knowing about the Great Garbage Patch in the Sargasso Sea, and since, about the other floating islands the size of Texas that consist of all the plastic waste that washes down our local creeks and rivers. This article contains ample support for why each of us needs to think about the cradle-to-grave lifespan of everything we buy–and mindlessly use once and toss. Think about where …

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