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Climate Change — Where Are We Now?

The Paris talks on climate have begun. How bad is the problem? Could we come through ok? Could a tech break-through help? These are a few of the vital questions answered briefly, simply and directly in a great Q&A by The New York Times: Short Answers to Hard Question about Climate Change. Of course, the […]

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Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

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Climate Saving Measures

Tired of waiting for government to get serious about saving the climate? Make your feelings known and take action in your own life to show you’re serious too. Here are suggestions ranging from the grand to the everyday.

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Does Global Warming Cause Tornadoes and Floods?

Flooding in Smithfield, KY, 5.13.11. Photo by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Is the rash of deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Tuscaloosa and other parts of the country related to global warming, as author and environmentalist Bill McKibben recently suggested in a satiric piece for the The Washington Post? How about the disastrous floods we’ve been […]

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Fracking Fairy Tale

I’m worried there’s going to be a mad dash to natural gas now that people have been reminded how dangerous nuclear power is by the nuclear disaster in Japan. I’m not a fan of nuclear power, but don’t want to see us jump from the frying pan into the fire either — particularly the “fire” […]

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Composting: Good for Garden & Climate

Composting your lawn and food waste yields triple benefits. (1)It provides fertilizer to help your garden grow. (2)It reduces the waste you send to the landfill. (3)And it sends carbon present in the waste back to the soil where it belongs, rather than allowing it to go up into the atmosphere where it would contribute […]

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Is July 2010 Heat Wave a Sign of Global Warming?

Updated 8/15/10 – July 2010 was the second warmest on record, according to a new NOAA report. While July didn’t quite break the record, the first half of the year did. It was the hottest January to June since record-keeping began in 1880. Is the extreme heat a sign of global warming? Probably — at […]

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Switch to Green Power in NYC in 3 Clicks

New Yorkers: if you’ve been meaning to sign up for green power, but found it too difficult till now, head on over to Pick a wind product or a blend or let the site choose for you. Any which way you’ll reduce your contribution to global warming for a few dollars a month. (The […]

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What do Americans Think of Global Warming?

In the new interactive anthology, Thoreau’s Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming, new and established writers speak out from the depths of their own experience about the climate crisis. The 67 works in the anthology were selected from “nearly 1,000 submissions about beloved places, animals, plants, people, and activities at risk from a changing climate […]

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Best CFLs

Some people have commented that they’ve had bad experiences with compact fluorescents. Others have written in to say they’ve had terrific luck with them. I’m not surprised. Like most consumer products, CFLs vary in quality…a lot. There are differences in the color of their light, brightness and the amount of time they actually last (as […]

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