I’m still playing catch-up from our trip and have some clips from the SEJ daily mailing list I wanted to keep, so thought I’d share. Most as you can see are related to the biggest ecological disaster on US soil in my 62 years. How many more such despoilations can the planet endure and still support 9 billion of us? So this is the limit of my blogging for this morning. I have to head down Bent Mountain (in the fog as it’s looking …

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We’re thinking a lot,  in the midst of both intentional and unintended change coming to southwest Virginia, about what we want to preserve in the way we live, about those amenities and resources we will not sell to woo tourism or other business, will not give up for any amount of revenue. There are some changes that would kill the goose that laid the golden egg. What are those precious amenities, values, conditions or resources, and how can we preserve them? Two that came …

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Image via Wikipedia Have you been following the evolving story on BPA, the endocrine-disrupting plastic resin hardener found in the tissue of 93 out of 100 Americans? If you have children or grandchildren, you owe it to them to come up to speed on this topic. I can imagine this might become the “tobacco settlement” poster child for the decade ahead. There are some really egregious ethical choices, instances of avarice over truth in high places, and perverted science in this story. From all …

Better Living Through Chemistry? Read more »

I’m following quite a few interesting threads right now, one of them being the fate of excess nitrogen that flows from farm fields, to streams, to oceans to dead zones. The latter is a phenomenon that is producing increased alarm among those who have been monitoring ocean oxygen levels. Here’s why. (very short before-after video from a deep-sea camera.) Cape Perpetua where this video came from is off the coast of Oregon. Similar images coming from oceans around the world. The nitrogen story is …

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