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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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Whatever and whoever has brought humanity to the edge of the chasm probably just thought they were being practical.
~David Brower ~

Almanac

Christmas Ferns are relatively common throughout much of the eastern United States. They aren't large plants; their fronds rarely exceed a couple of feet in length, and during the summer they are generally inconspicuous.

Christmas fern and snow in the Nantahala National Forest of North Carolina
Photo: Mike Habeck.

But while Christmas ferns may get lost among the profusion of growth in a summer wood, they definitely stand out during the winter months. Christmas ferns are evergreen, and they add a welcome touch of color to winter's dark and leaf-littered forest floor, even poking up through the snow.