Cold nights and warm days bring in maple sugaring season in Vermont. Many operations today use tubing, but there are still a few sap buckets around that find their way back to the old maples year after year.
Painting courtesy of local artist, Peter Huntoon. This 2009 painting, “Sap Rising,” is just one from […]
Green New Deal presented by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey. Photo: Senate Democrats, Wikimedia Commons.
For all the talk about the Green New Deal (GND), I suspect that the number of people who really understand it is not large.
To start with, it is […]
Wallace Smith Broecker. Image: Wikipedia
Wallace Smith Broecker, the man some people have called the “grandfather of modern climate science,” died on February 18, 2019. He was 87 years old and had been suffering from heart disease for decades. He worked despite his illness, and he addressed other […]
Moonrise over the Cranston Fire. CAL FIRE photo.
This year, some impressive developments have started to become clear. In some ways the most impressive of these has been the continued decline in the costs of electricity from renewable resources. Two reports on the “levelized” cost of energy (LCOE) that came out in […]
Fan gun undergoing performance testing by Efficiency Vermont during NSAA’s 2015 annual Winter Conference at Killington.
While ski areas may have a reputation as high energy users, employing more sustainable options make both financial and social sense. That was the message at the inaugural Northeast Weather Summit in a session on efforts […]
Are you feeling resolute? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment have laid out one view of our future on the blue planet, a deeply unattractive one. Now we have a choice: curl up in a fetal position, sucking our thumbs, or resolve to go […]
A Habitat for Humanity Passive House in Vermont. Image: Chris Miksic, CPHC, Montpelier Construction.
You know how after your furnace has gotten the house all warm and cozy, a little while later it comes on again – and then again? What happens to our heat? Does it wear out, or just fade […]
The Johnson Bayou Branch Library is built for high storm water. Image: FEMA.
Scientists commissioned by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have produced their report, “Global Warming of 1.5°C” (bit.ly/IPCC-report-2018). Put as simply as possible, the report says we can keep global warming to 1.5°C, but […]
Jessie Haas “Historically, we’ve tackled the biggest challenge—that of meaning, and the question of how to live a life—through the concept of ‘practice’ in the form of a religion, cultural tradition or disciplines like yoga or martial arts. Given the stark facts, this approach might be the most useful. Practice has value independent […]
Youth plaintiffs (Robin Loznak | Our Childrens Trust)
By George Harvey
In 2015, a group of youthful plaintiffs aged eight to nineteen filed a lawsuit against the United States claiming that the federal government was “deliberately allow[ing] atmospheric CO2 concentrations to escalate to levels unprecedented in human history.” They further claimed that […]