Category Archives: environment

The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy Future

The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and Our Energy FutureBy Gretchen BakkeBloomsbury, New York, 2016 A PhD in cultural anthropology might seem like an odd background for someone writing a book about our national electricity grid. But Gretchen Bakke … Continue reading

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State-wide Blackout in South Australia

Yesterday the entire state of South Australia, about 1.5 times the area of Texas, suffered an electricity blackout due to a severe storm that knocked out major transmission lines. Photo: Electranet Network Services Here’s an interesting report on the causes … Continue reading

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The Chemistry of Burning Stuff

Whenever we burn fossil fuels, be it gasoline, natural gas or charcoal, one of the byproducts is carbon dioxide ( CO2). That’s a big worry these days because the huge amounts of carbon dioxide we’re putting into the atmosphere is … Continue reading

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Swainson’s Thrush

They’re back! Swainson’s Thrush have returned to the North Cascades forests. I’m not a birdwatcher – glasses too thick – so I’ve never seen this bird close enough to identify it by color or markings. But I sure have heard … Continue reading

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Supreme Court puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold

On February 9, the Supreme Court issued a “stay” blocking implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan rules that aim to cut CO2 emissions from the nation’s power plants until challenges to the regulations can be heard by the … Continue reading

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Big World Small Planet

Big World Small Planet: Abundance within Planetary BoundariesBy Johan Rockström and Mattias KlumYale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 2015 Are we doomed?  Have we messed up the Earth beyond all hope?  News reports about the environment would sure make you … Continue reading

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