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Interesting map showing hotspots of compact fluorescent and LED lightbulb sales.

A brief review of Stephen Hren's Tales from the Sustainable Underground.

Microscopic plastic beads from skin care products showing up in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

The Wall Street Journal has a nice interactive feature called Waste Lands: America's forgotten nuclear legacy that includes maps and details on the history and current status of Manhattan Project sites.

From The Guardian, a very cool article on Steward Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (and much more).

I continue my effort to downsize; please help me Get Rid of Stuff!.


Politicians are like weather vanes.
Our job is to make the wind blow.
~David Brower ~


On the afternoon of April 14, 1935, known as Black Sunday, residents of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles were engulfed by an enormous boiling wall of soil, suspended in the air by strong winds. This was not the only dust storm of the 1930s, but it was certainly one of the biggest.

Black Sunday
Photo: NOAA.

Causes included drought and the removal of native vegetation to make way for farms. Estimates put the total weight of displaced soil in the hundreds of millions of tons. The storm and others like it had catastrophic effects on agriculture and farmers, and forced thousands of people to leave the area.