Beavers can help reduce effects of climate change and global warming

I've written about beavers before. Hunted to near extinction when their fur was used extensively for men's hats, they've remained unpopular because of their stubborn habit of putting dams in places that they prefer rather than in locations convenient for humans. As part of the trend (I hope) to working with nature, it's time to … Continue reading Beavers can help reduce effects of climate change and global warming

Composting isn’t easy — I deliver mine to the local green market when my container is full — how about you?

This article mentions, but only in its final paragraph, the very successful composting program offered by GrowNYC. That’s the one i use. It requires participants to collect compost at home and periodically deliver the collection to the nearby green market. My understanding is that they've collected one million tons of compost by that method. The … Continue reading Composting isn’t easy — I deliver mine to the local green market when my container is full — how about you?

Increase the volume you compost by adding these (possibly surprising) items

BTW, if you don't have an animal problem (they love the smell as the eggs rot), you can also compost over-age eggs. I turned the list (without the commentary) into a 2-column PDF that I'm printing out for the frig until these become second nature. https://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/25-things-you-should-start-adding-your-compost-pile.html 25 things you should start adding to your compost … Continue reading Increase the volume you compost by adding these (possibly surprising) items

The thirst for water and the greed to privatize are tussling in the western US

 Food & Water Watch Nov. 01, 2018 11:00AM EST Cheryl Walsh Bellville An Aquifer From the Ice Age Becomes a Battleground in New Mexico By Eleanor Bravo Imagine: a deep, pristine aquifer persists without incident for more than 11,700 years in the Valley of San Augustin. It is revered and left unmarred by the community … Continue reading The thirst for water and the greed to privatize are tussling in the western US

Oceans may be more of a heat sink that thought

The problems with relying on the ocean's capacity to protect us from our folly are legion. Among them are the bleaching of the coral reefs that used to have such diversity and abundance of life, the production of dead zones, the reduction of edible sea life, the increase and severity of storms that travel over … Continue reading Oceans may be more of a heat sink that thought

Nature eternally surprises with its perfection

I've always had a fondness for dandelions in the stage where all the tufts are just about to blow away. I remember disagreeing about whether to weed them out of the lawn because it was so much fun to blow them when ready. These days, they also remind me of the way my hair looks … Continue reading Nature eternally surprises with its perfection

We’re eating plastic — doesn’t that gross you out a bit?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/22/microplastics-found-in-human-stools-for-the-first-time? Microplastics found in human stools for the first time Study suggests the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain Fiona Harvey and Jonathan Watts Mon 22 Oct 2018 18.00 EDT  Scientist looking through microscope in laboratory. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Microplastics have been found in human stools for the first time, according to a study … Continue reading We’re eating plastic — doesn’t that gross you out a bit?