It’s Not Time to Throw in the Towel

My column today is a collection of observations that are based in part on the social isolation we’ve all felt for last 22 months. We always knew pandemics were a possibility, especially after the H1N1 scare in 2009, but our earlier national preparedness had lapsed into a broken stockpile and a rusty supply chain.

Notes from the Road: My Big Stump

A big windstorm blew a massive tree trunk onto the beach. Looks like the stump of a redwood to me. After a good rain falls, the tree’s wet wood takes on the reddish glow of a slow flame. When the full sun appears in a dry blue sky, the wood turns grey and withers, throwing off splinters like wiry strands in an old man’s beard. In case you didn’t know, I’m standing with sand in my shoes on the windswept Oregon coast.

Will Thomas – Auburn, New Hampshire

Aiming to reclaim the coal-fired plant in Bow, New Hampshire

Florida Climate Change and its impact on families living in Poverty

The devastating impacts of climate change are already visible across the landscape of the United States, and our most vulnerable communities, including individuals and families living in poverty and experiencing homelessness, are being unfairly impacted and hurt the most.

San Francisco - The Disappearing Fog

What I hear from people who grew up in San Francisco is that the famous San Francisco fog has gradually disappeared. 

Building Back Better: the U.S. Department of Energy

Barbara Lloyd McMichael’s monthly column examines the impact of the Biden Administration’s Building Back Better initiative. 

Estes Park, Colorado: There were no words for melting glaciers

We used to have snowstorms that closed our canyons downs. There are three canyons that come up into Estes. We don’t get the snows that close the canyons as much anymore. It’s not like it was during the 1970s and 80s. Also, you could set your watch at 2pm, when we’d get thunderstorms that dumped rain for twenty minutes and drove people out of the park. That made the vendors happy. It doesn’t do that much anymore, and it used to be a daily thing.

The Bronx “Keeping the Roof Over Our Heads”

My neighborhood in the Soundview section of the Bronx was hit hard. There was flooding on Westchester Avenue,  six blocks away from my apartment. My downstairs neighbor in my apartment building was flooded to her ankles. The city is not doing their job, not taking care of the sewers, and just collecting money.