Since we currently can’t rely on our federal government to help us track pollution, here is an interactive map for finding out how you are (or maybe aren’t) being affected by airborn pollution from gas and oil extraction/refining:
Several years ago I was reading somewhere that nutrient levels in plants had declined over my lifetime (last 66 years). I thought it probably had to do with declining soil fertility, the over-reliance on the chemical additives of industrial agriculture rather than the regenerative practices of organic agriculture…..and maybe that contributes to declining fertility. Many food plants have also been bred to increase growth rate, pest resistance, or “shipability”, not taste or nutrition. Also, numerous species of fruits and vegetables are picked a little before ripeness to keep them from spoiling en route to stores.
Well, here’s new data from scientific studies (what few there are) that shows that rising levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are negatively impacting plant’s nutritional profile; i.e., they contain less protein and minerals. And this is happening with WILD plants as well.
I consider this info crucial to the current debates on both climate change and public health. Please read and spread the word.
While some folks are obsessed with creating ever more capable AI and turning even more jobs over to robots, here’s an alternate viewpoint that is life-affirming:
This article, written more in lay person’s language, is just as fascinating and mind-opening. This is science as it is being worked with on the ground, so to speak, and is challenging to most of our preconceptions of disease theory. What I love is the sense that we are so much more complex, and the world is so much more magnificent and mysterious than we were taught in high school biology….
The human biome is in the news quite a bit lately, and deservedly so. But here is some new information: we also have a virome, and it is just as quirky, complex, fascinating, and necessary to human health. Here is an excellent technical description that is well worth reading even if it challenges our ability to fully understand the science:
I have studied diet and nutrition for decades; have personally tried at least a dozen different diets; and have watched documentaries and experts battle with one another for the “truth” about what diet is best. Here is a great article about a multi-year, multi-country study that is remarkably free of hype:
Like many, I was appalled, afraid and saddened by the events in Charlottesville.
Here is an excellent article by a historian that reminds (or teaches) us how history and heritage are conflated and confused…..and the reality that America was never “white.”
As more information comes forward about global climate change (and the more we experience it in our own lives), it can be easy to feel fear and discouragement. Here is an article that gives hope based upon science, and nature’s amazing ability to adapt…and our ability to understand that adaptation and consciously deploy and spread it.
Winners of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest…a chance to savor and celebrate nature, humans, and cities…our beauty: