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President Obama about to designate a new National Monument in the San Gabriel Mountains of California

The World Wildlife Fund reports that vertebrate populations have halved in the last 40 years

Climate Setting New Records

Western Drought and Rising Mountains

Sea Creatures Washing Up On Northwestern Beaches

Exxon-Mobil CEO opposed fracking tower near his home

Firefly Watch, a project of The Museum of Science, Boston

Schools versus Environment in Oregon.

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!.

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The speeding car and the loaded gun both are heady wine. Step on an accelerator and annihilate distance; pull a trigger and annihilate life. Both provide a sense of overwhelming power at the expense of little effort. But both are filled with danger.
~Edwin Way Teale ~

Almanac

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year. In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice typically occurs on the 21st or 22nd of December.

Fire Wheel
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Though winter typically holds sway for another two or three months, the days begin growing longer once the solstice passes, bringing the promise of a new spring.