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“Burning in the Sun” featuring Daniel Dumbele. Note the film-festival awards across the top. My husband loped into the living room while I was watching the DVD, “Burning in the Sun”. He had hoped to turn on a baseball game, but he stopped, watching a scene on the DVD. After a minute, he sat down. “What’s […]

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Readers, a woman who works for the Nature Conservancy asked me to post this article debating fake vs. real Christmas trees, by the Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein. It’s also posted on the Nature Conservancy website. The debate is worth thinking about this time of year, although the solution is murky, for me.  Following is Frank’s article […]

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My mom was a meat, eggs, and milk gal.  To her way of thinking, animal protein was the key to good health.  Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and milk, period.  If my brothers and I were running late for school with no time to eat, she made us gulp down a blend of raw eggs and […]

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This post now on the syndicated BasilandSpice and on Google News We’re facing mass wildlife extinctions this century.  One big reason: the human population explosion and resulting habitat loss. You might be surprised to learn how our personal hygiene choices affect wildlife-habitat loss.  Yes, I mean toilet paper.  Toilet paper and you. Americans flush 54 […]

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Review by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com My husband, an ecologist, keeps a list of people whose profession matches their name, such as peanut specialist Shelly Nutt, ornithologist Christopher Bird, editor Zachary Read.  But the best is Dr. Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Canada’s Dalhousie University. He’s always been our favorite, because we loved […]

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This post now appearing on the Daily Me Those of us concerned about greenhouse gases and climate change have a new study to ponder. This study, from Dr. Florian Altermatt at UC Davis, documents once again the biological effects of global warming. Altermatt examined insect data from Central Europe. Temperatures have been increasing there for […]

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Climate change is killing our trees.  This is an unfortunate irony, because we rely on living trees to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dead trees do the opposite – their decomposition releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas primarily responsible for global climate change. This tree data […]

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Text and photos by Sally Kneidel, PhD, of sallykneidel.com Those predictable piles of autumn leaves Last weekend, our neighbors across the street spent at least 5 hours raking the leaves from their lawn. Their whole family was involved in the process. Granted, it was probably good exercise. Although for me, raking hurts my back – […]

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Readers, I like to publish this riveting article by animal-rights activist Jim Mason every Thanksgiving. It’s in honor of the millions of turkeys that will be consumed during the coming week.  After reading it, you may decide to eat something else!  Many thanks to my friend Jim, co-author of the landmark book Animal Factories for […]

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A book review by Sally Kneidel, PhD http://sallykneidel.com As a biologist and co-author of two books about the meat industry, I was asked by Jonathan Safran Foer’s publicist to review Foer’s new non-fiction book Eating Animals. I confess I didn’t want to read it, because the topic can be distressing. But I’m glad I did. […]

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