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Reporting for duty

Hi. I'm back. For those who care: the kid is healthy and cute -- eating, sleeping, and pooping per his genetic programming. Oh yeah, and consuming the earth's precious resources. Bad baby! Bad, bad baby! For two weeks I've been …

Silo and Roy

Penguin sexuality is not always black and white

For those of you who thought March of the Penguins was the only drama about our tuxedo-sporting friends, you may want to read up on Silo and Roy. From The New York Times: And Silo and Roy looked so happy …

Rattle the Cajun

Post-Rita Louisiana deals with another round of environmental problems An already-battered Louisiana is beset with new environmental crises in the wake of Hurricane Rita, which sent a wall of water up to 15 feet high surging into the state’s coastal …

Back home in Indiana … not

Conservation in Indiana is synonymous with pheasant, duck, and every other kind of hunting you can think of. Having grown up there, I used to do some hunting myself. I gave it up shortly after watching one of my friends …

Knocked off our axis

Journalist Jacques Leslie on dams

Hydropower is one those issues that can make a good green go pale with contradictory impulses. Abundant clean energy, sure, plus all that Woody Guthrie populist goodness. But also the potential for massive destruction to land and landscape, anywhere from …

Definitely not a Roosevelt Republican

Pombo proposes selling off nat’l parks

Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), chairman of the House Resources Committee, has officially established beyond any doubt that he is no Teddy Roosevelt Republican. Today, draft legislation from his committee proposed selling off a number of national park holdings, including Theodore …

The laptop for the Hummer lifestyle

Whatever that is

I'm not kidding: Some company is marketing a laptop computer that's "cobranded" with GM's Hummer. From the promotional material: Just as tough, reliable, and go anywhere as a HUMMER, this laptop is the perfect addition to your HUMMER lifestyle! Featuring …

Vestal Sturgeons

Sturgeon stocks on extreme worldwide decline People have been consuming black caviar since about 500 B.C., but it may be time to curb the habit: Global stocks of sturgeon, the fish that supplies the salty treat, are in trouble. In …

The future is now

National Geographic describes future tech, and we are frightened

A feature aimed at kids in the online edition of National Geographic called What will life be like in 2035? has a few interesting insights. The magazine first details the technological marvel that'll be all the rage in 2035, the …