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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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Superhighways are not our destiny or the lines on the nation's palm. They are graveyards of cement and coal tar, which are burying our soils, our villages, and our freedoms.
~Vandana Shiva ~

Almanac

The Autumnal Equinox marks one of two points in the earth's annual orbit when day and night are both twelve hours long, virtually everywhere on earth. For me, it's a time of reflection, and I can't avoid a certain melancholy as day inexorably gives way to night and the summer draws to a close. Soon, much that was alive will be dead or dormant, and I begin to feel the loss even before it happens.

Florida Bay at Sunset
Photo: Mike Habeck.

The rate at which daylength changes is fastest at the equinoxes. Here on the 40th parallel, every revolution of the earth costs us another three or four minutes of daylight. The rate of change is more extreme to our north, and dimishes to the south. Indeed, spring is just beginning in the southern hemisphere, but here in the north, we begin our descent towards the darkness of winter.

At least there's the promise of a new spring on the other side.