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Polar bear. Photo credit: wikimedia commons  Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could disappear within 50 years due to greenhouse-gas emissions, said a 2007 report by the U.S. Geological Survey. The bears need Arctic sea ice in order to hunt the seals and other offshore prey that sustain them. But our warming climate is rapidly […]

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Photo by Sally Kneidel Why are massive snowfalls and cold air walloping the U.S. for the second year in a row? I listened to the climate reporter for the NY Times, Justin Gillis, on NPR yesterday. He said our current weather is due to a breakdown in the “polar vortex.” Gillis mentioned that the U.S. […]

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Coal emissions are a big contributor to climate change Printed in the Charlotte Observer on Feb. 21, 2011 This letter to the editor was written in response to “Scientists connect global warming to extreme rain” (Feb.17) and “Duke earnings up 23% in 2010″ (Feb. 18)  “Thursday the Observer reported that ‘telltale fingerprints’ in scientific data […]

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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 Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Two young girls lead the way I was asked to review the new DVD, “What’s on YOUR Plate? The Film about Kids and Food Politics”. The stars of the movie are two 11-year-old multiracial girls in NYC, Sadie Hope-Gund and Safiyah Riddle. The film […]

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I was asked to write a review of “Dirt! The Movie,” a documentary about our worldwide destruction of soil versus our absolute dependence on soil for our survival. The movie is an inspiring blend of interviews with scientists, farmers, and activists, as well as footage from around the world of the traditional uses and modern […]

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This post now on BasilandSpice.com. After my post a few days ago about the oil spill and its consequences to wildlife, I got a few interesting messages from friends and acquaintances. My friend Sonia, the director of a land conservancy in the Southwest U.S., sent me this note on Facebook: “This whole situation is just […]

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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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This post now on Google News and on wwwbasilandspice.com In the last 30 years, the number of nearsighted Americans has increased dramatically, by 66%.  Nearsightedness, or myopia, is the inability  to focus on distant objects. In the early 1970s, 25% of Americans were nearsighted. Now, says epidemiologist Dr. Susan Vitale of the National Eye Institute, […]

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