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. 

Book Review by Patricia Vaccarino Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty

Phoebe Hoban’s rendering of Alice Neel as “Painter of the People” gives rich contextual meaning and fine emotional depth to Neel’s art.

Connecticut- Living Through ‘The End of Nature’ By David Gregorio

Climate change came on my personal radar in 1989 when I was a science/lifestyle writer at a newspaper in Connecticut and I interviewed Bill McKibbon about his book “The End of Nature.” He explained the significance of a NASA scientist’s recent congressional testimony about the buildup of greenhouse gases in Earth’s climate and the need to wean society from fossil fuels within decades to avert catastrophes like super hurricanes, severe droughts and rising sea levels. Scary stuff, but it seemed so far off.  Surely things would work out...

The Age of Innocence – Oppression and Competition

Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence” depicts the world of over a hundred years ago, a world long gone.  Told within the context of New York Society, circa 1870s, Oppression and Competition are the twin symptoms of the malaise of the times.  Oppression rears its head in the form of pervasive social niceties–people are so nice and polite, but it’s all a sham. While people behave conventionally, their false fronts and facades conceal their true feelings that roil beneath the surface in a toxic stew of despair. Despite all of the fashionable frippery...