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Appalachia Journal

I have learned not to get lost on foot in the woods, but I have never mastered route finding in a car. Road maps never print enough detail; when reality presents unexpected streets and signs, I can’t reconcile them with my broad-brush concept of the route. Sundown strains my sense of direction. The result is something like what happened last January 29.

I was on my way to pick up Jonathan Waterman, a climber, writer, and photographer, who has navigated alone on crevasse-covered snowfields in Alaska—who, when packing for one of his Arctic trips, had to decide if he needed...

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media
Deepwater Oil Drilling: Not That New - Yale Climate_Cleveland_photo

Until BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion in April and continuing oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, many in the news media covered deepwater oil exploration with a sort of awe. The practice, after all, is relatively new — most projects date back to just the 1990s, and a Gulf boom is only a decade old — and only a few companies know how to drill a mile or more below the ocean surface.

Deepwater drilling as a practice and its future clearly deserve more critical attention now, according to Cutler J. Cleveland, a professor at Boston University who directs its...

Appalachia journal
Everyone Who Starts Will Finish - scaled.Warren Doyle

Warren Doyle's rules for long-distance group hikes

Warren Doyle, age 60, has a crush on Little Debbie, the snack cake girl. His favorite thing to do is to eat a Little Debbie cosmic brownie as he sets out on a cold morning to walk one of his 20- to 30-mile stints. The brownie won’t melt and tastes so good when he is in motion. The memories of those trudges while chomping are so strong that any reminder of Little Debbie snack cakes excites him. “I think the sensation of seeing a Little Debbie truck go by me on the highway—it makes my heart beat...

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