Give up Plastics for Lint!

03.03.18

The New York Times says, "The Church of England has asked people to add a new culprit to the list of ills they forsake for the six weeks of penance that begin on Ash Wednesday: plastics. Specifically, the church wants people to avoid the plastic consumer products and packaging that have become a major environmental problem, polluting oceans and rivers, fouling beaches, killing wildlife and clogging landfills."

Let Your Winter Garden Go Wild

02.17.18

NASHVILLE — The snow was three inches deep, a blizzard by Nashville standards, when I got a text from a parent supervising the neighborhood sledding: “It’s a robin migration out in your front yard. Do you put food out there for them?” Read theThe New York Times contributing op-ed writer articel by Margaret Renki.

Make Mine the Burlap Wrap

01.01.18

The New York Times reports that there’s a cozy covering the Hamptons. Where once winter here meant broad, moody skies over expanses of bare potato fields, the terrain on Long Island’s moneyed East End                 suddenly looks as domesticated as tea at the Ritz. Drive anywhere in Southampton, East Hampton, Sagaponack and Water Mill and you find lanes filled with oddly humped shapes of trees, shrubs and hedges bundled in burlap against the cold.

Blowing Leaves, and Pollution

12.18.17

Once autumn leaves are down, landscapers with leaf blowers strapped to their backs pour into America’s neighborhoods like hornets from a hive. Which raises a question: How much pollution does a leaf blower emit?

The short answer is more than a car, a truck or any other modern passenger vehicle.

The Wall Street Journal has a new item in its "The Numbers" series, meant to present surprising data findings. This one, by Jo Craven McGinty, It begins:

The story goes into the technological, economic, environmental, and political ramifications of the ongoing effort to phase out two-stroke engines used in lawn equipment. They are already banned, overtaken by new technology, or otherwise out of use in most other applications in the United States, including watercraft and scooters. Well worth reading.

Tiny Water Cannons in Mushroom Land

08.19.17

These mushrooms have a job to do and evolution has given them a spectacularly clever mechanism for doing it. In Everyday Physics in the Wall Street Journal this week Helen Czerski explains.

2 Tennessee Cases Bring Coal’s Hidden Hazard to Light

04.17.17

Tatina Schlossberg reports in the New York Times on Sunday, April 15, 2017 that Coal ash gets far less attention than toxic and greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but it has created environmental and health problems — every major river in the Southeast has at least one coal ash pond — and continuing legal troubles and large cleanup costs for the authority and other utilities.

Maine forest land faces an infestation: Fiddlehead Foragers

04.11.17

Hey, You! Stop Eating My Yard!The rise in popularity of wild vegetation like fiddleheads, mushrooms and seaweed is causing friction between foragers and landowners; ‘fry it up and eat it.’ Jennifer Levitz reports for the Wall Street Journal.

3-Yrs-After Losing Wedding Ring, Elderly Farmer Plucks Unusual Looking Carrot From His Garden.

11.13.16

Shortly after celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, an 82-year-old man in the tiny German town of Bad Müenstereifel lost his beloved wedding ring.  Click here to read about his miraculous discovery.

Creating Bouquets the Scavenger-Hunt Way: A Guide

11.06.16

Floral designers are foraging plants and flowers in the most unlikely locations,from vacant lots to back alleys, and creating beauty with the seemingly motley booty. Into the Woods...and Parking Lots an article by Courtney Barnes, tells the reader just how to do that!

Breeding Boom Helps the Mighty Oaks Survive

11.06.16

 In a phenomenon known as masting, a population of oaks simultaneously drops an unusually large numbers of acorns. Bumper crops at unpredictable intervals increase likelihood a few seedlings will reach maturity says Jo Craven McGinty.  Read Here