Tag Archives: climate change

Thankful for the (Possibility of) Good Anthropocenes

Water catchment system

Traditionally, anything published on U.S. Thanksgiving Day must be about being thankful. In the current political environment, it can be difficult to feel that way. Fortunately, there are people doing outstanding work on sustainability and resilience – the keys to … Continue reading

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Hurricane Season

My hometown is under water. I’ve been obsessed with following the flood news from the Houston area. I don’t have any family down there any more, but I do have friends in the area. While I’m worried about my friends … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: Chatauqua

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She PersistedThe idea at the core of “Chatqauqua,” my contribution to the new Book View Cafe anthology Nevertheless, She Persisted, goes back much farther than the sanctions against Sen. Warren, the 2016 U.S. election, or even the problems of climate change that are key elements in the story. It started with a bit of family history from 1923. Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: To Drip, Or Not To Drip

Boy, is it hot, huh? While I’m not dealing with temperatures quite as high as in the rest of the country, it’s still been an abnormally warm summer for us up here in Maine. The human is melting, and the … Continue reading

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The Value of Hurricanes

Hurricane Carla had a profound effect on me when I was a kid. It came barreling head-on into Galveston, the biggest one to hit that city since the 1900 storm that killed 6,000 people, and then went on down to … Continue reading

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Inspiration and Worry


In the last week, I’ve been exposed to some inspiring projects that offer real possibilities for slow but meaningful change to our world. The Amah Mutsun, a tribe of Native Americans recognized by California though not by the federal government, … Continue reading

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A Fantasy Scenario

If I were the editor-in-chief of a newspaper, the paper would run at least one climate change story every day on the front page above the fold. If I ran a magazine, each issue would feature a climate change story … Continue reading

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What Does the Near Future Hold?

Last week I wrote about my love for the future.  In the comments, several people said the 800-pound gorilla of climate change looming over every thing these days makes it impossible to think positively about the future. No way to … Continue reading

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Changing Everything

This Changes Everything

I was startled to discover that Larry Tribe, a Harvard law professor noted for his First Amendment cases, is representing Peabody Coal in its challenge to Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.  He seems … Continue reading

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Legal Fictions: Changing the Law to Stop Changing the Climate

The National Climate Assessment released this week by the White House shows that human caused climate change is already affecting the United States. Looking at it in conjunction with the recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change, it’s … Continue reading

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