Our Plastic Future is Now

“I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.” 
The Graduate scene
"Plastics" scene from The Graduate.

“Yes sir?”
“Are you listening?’ 
“Yes I am.”

Nature’s Peace, Quiet Shattered by Noise

Some years ago, when I lived in New Mexico, I had the privilege of backpacking in the Gila Wilderness of the Gila National Forest in the southwestern part of the state. The Gila is America’s first official Wilderness Area, established in 1924 at the urging of Aldo Leopold, co-founder of the Wilderness Society, “father” of modern wildlife management, and the author of the beloved conservation classic, A Sand County Almanac.

Burgeoning Population: What Happens in China Doesn’t Stay in China

As a naïve, youthful world bicycle traveler back in 1984, I toured through China when it opened to international visitors. I fulfilled my teenage dream to walk on the Great Wall of China.

Awful Air Pollution

It Costs Billions of Dollars and Millions of Lives Annually

Our Home in the Heavens

Every August, in its annual journey around the Sun, our Earth passes through a stream of debris known as the Perseid cloud, stretching along the orbit of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. This comet, first discovered in 1862 by American astronomers Lewis Swift and Horace Parnell Tuttle, orbits the sun once every 133 years. The Perseid cloud is made up of small particles expelled by the comet; the particles are tiny, about the size of a grain of sand.

Acid Rain: Still with Us

With the start of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s, we began spewing billions of tons of smoke and noxious fumes into Earth’s biosphere annually, but few people understood the ramifications on their lives.

My New Lawn Mower

About eight years ago, I moved from overpopulated, environmentally challenged California to rural western Pennsylvania and into a house that has about an acre and a half of grass. The outgoing owner told me that he had a verbal agreement with a neighbor to mow about once a week. Being the new guy in town, and not wanting to immediately disrupt long-standing financial arrangements, I inherited the informal contract.

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

In my 20s as a teacher, each summer I pedaled to distant countries to discover people, cultures and landscapes. I rode my bicycle in many countries to see incredible landscapes, rivers and cities. During those years, I remained naïve, innocent and totally out of touch with the challenges facing the human race.

Yes, I witnessed poverty in Mexico. I saw overcrowding in Europe. I pedaled my bicycle into Chicago for a taste of gridlock traffic and air pollution.

Desperate Chinese Are Buying Bottles of ‘100% Pure Rocky Mountain Air’

The smog really is that bad in Beijing…and India’s cities too 

Mother Nature Drugged with Our Pharmaceuticals

In 1996, pharmacologist and wildlife toxicologist Theo Colborn, Ph.D. (1927-2014) published her landmark book, Our Stolen Future, coauthored with Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers. It alerted Americans and the world to the increasingly widespread, subtle environmental threat posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals that mimic the female hormone estrogen.