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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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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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by Ken Kneidel, PhD We’re discovering a lot of money, not a lot of oil The oil under the Gulf is not being extracted to extend our ability to live in an oil-driven economy, nor to provide energy independence from the Middle East. BP is drilling in the Gulf solely because the corporation can make […]

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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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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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This post is now a Google News Link and is posted on Basil & Spice This post named by Carnival of the Green #207 as “Best Green Tweet” of the week. It was posted on Twitter December 14, 2009. I wrote a few weeks ago that ten percent of Louisiana is projected to be underwater […]

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This post now appearing on Google News and on www.basilandspice.com. We’re making progress! The southern California city of Irvine is taking a giant leap for “green” energy that should help other cities follow suit. All 21 schools in the Irvine Unified School District will soon be solar-powered, by rooftop photo-voltaic panels. The historic plan was […]

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