Category Archives: Environment

Armistice Day at Home

Most of Armistice Day was at home. The forecast had been rain, however, a clear fall day unfolded and I planted garlic. Pushing cloves into the ground with my thumb and index finger, I made two rows and covered them … Continue reading

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Arsenic in the Water

Water is life. We take its quality for granted if the source is a public water system. Consumers rely on drinking water standards developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and enforced by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Where … Continue reading

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September Has Been a Pisser

Last week was stressful as Hurricane Irma passed through central Florida over our daughter’s home. They boarded the windows, sandbagged the doors and laid in water and shelf stable food for when the electricity went out. “The whole house has … Continue reading

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Weathering Irma

Friends and family in the path of Hurricane Irma are well-informed of its danger and preparing for the worst this weekend. Walt Disney World, where our daughter works, closes tonight at 9 p.m. until sometime Monday,  presumably Irma’s schedule as … Continue reading

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Hurricane Weekend

Rain tapped the bedroom window this morning on the fringe of Hurricane Harvey. It was a reminder of our connection to the oceans. They are absorbing heat from the atmosphere on a planet experiencing some of its warmest days in … Continue reading

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An Energy Revolution

A recent article at Nuclear News reminds us the world is on the cusp of an energy revolution. “The cost of renewables like solar and cell batteries for electric vehicles are making the carbon-based economy obsolete, with the turning point … Continue reading

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Act On Climate — Scary Edition

You may have seen David Wallace-Wells’ New York Magazine article titled, “The Uninhabitable Earth.” It’s a scary article with frightful truths circulating on social media. Half truths according to Michael E. Mann, director of Earth System Science Center at Penn … Continue reading

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