You turn on your television, and the news anchors are talking about it: “2016 was the hottest year on record.” You’re sitting in traffic and you hear it again: “The outbreak of hurricanes this year is a direct result of climate change.” The causes of these phenomena are always the same. Coal-fired power plants, internal-combustion cars, manufacturing plants. You’ve heard all of these a thousand times over, but has anyone ever told you that a global warming contributor could be the termites crawling around in your backyard, and you didn’t even know it?
Living in the modern world, we are completely surrounded by plastics. I have a plastic water filter, a plastic travel mug, a plastic phone, a plastic water bottle, I am currently typing on a plastic keyboard, and there is even plastic in the material my sweater is made out of.
“ The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir Most days I feel a lot like John Muir, only I think it would be frowned upon if […]
You may have heard of opioids as the drug that killed Prince, Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and (controversially) Elvis Presley. But my interest came after constantly seeing articles about overdoses […]
“It’s going to be a bad year for bugs.” Last month, I was frequently reminded of this expression as a seemingly endless supply of caterpillars feasted happily on the sunflowers […]
Here is my confession: I have a weakness for raw oysters. Cooked they’re tasty, but raw they’re sublime. There’s just something about that briny, gooey goodness (with just a hint […]
On every flight, there is a point when you sink below the clouds and a miniature version of the world unfurls before you. This is my favorite part about flying. […]
As my avid followers will recall, I ended my previous blog post with a brief discussion on the important distinction between acclimatization and adaptation. That blog post featured an in-depth […]
Large, mysterious bones began to emerge amongst the backhoes and mud caked boots. Construction workers were told to continue digging the reservoir. The development finally halted when a massive, warped […]
Sustainable eating has been working its way into the mainstream for decades now, but what does it actually mean to eat sustainably? Wikipedia defines a sustainable diet as “one that […]