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March 22, 2010

Let's all make a promise that we won't find ourselves debating climate change without becoming better informed. I am so tired of people I like and love making blanket statements and pointing to an opinion article as their source. We can do better! One of my editors has recommended an excellent article by The Economist. It isn't advocacy. It isn't emotional. It takes a lot of the chaotic stuff we all don't understand very well (admit it, folks) and sorts it out. Weather station records. Computer models. Greenhouse gases. What oceans do. See...

February 17, 2010

Yale and George Mason universities surveyed 1,001 Americans over the holidays at the end of 2009 and concluded that, when it comes to conserving resources, there is a gap between what they want to do and what they actually do.

For instance, 88 percent said it is important to recycle. That is, to place bottles, cans, newspapers, and other recyclables, in separate containers at home to keep materials out of landfills or incinerators. But only 51 percent of those surveyed said that they do this at least "often."

Meanwhile, 72 percent told the surveyers they believe...

January 6, 2010
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I have a dog, the first dog I have ever owned. I didn't grow up with dogs and I never yearned for one until a year or so ago when I started wishing for a hiking companion. Mine is a poodle, probably a decade old, who was found wandering the streets of North Haven, Connecticut, in October. He is so loyal and affectionate I hardly know what to do with myself. Where once I thought about what would happen if all of the dogs in my neighborhood got free at the same time, now I wonder why so many dog owners just let their dogs out the back door instead of walking with them. I am starting to...

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