Nature Deficit Disaster: Vanishing Species

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/ There was a time when we could pretend to not know it was short-sighted to let tongueless buffalo carcasses rot by the millions. Or shoot passenger pigeons for sport. Or wipe out all top predators because we had the notion the world would be a better place without them. There was a time when humankind could depend on business, more or less, as usual, over the long term of our short history. That long calm was called the Holocene--the term that geologists use for that period of 15 to 20 thousand years after the last … Continue Reading ››

The Technosphere: The World We Have Created

Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons -- ScienceDaily "The word technology comes from two Greek words, transliterated techne and logos. Techne means art, skill, craft, or the way, manner, or means by which a thing is gained." And so, over the not-so-many millennia of our species' thumb-and-brain-powered rise to power, we've used our art and dexterity to shape the natural world of bone and sinew, fiber and ore, fire and fuel into over a billion different forms of future techno-fossil: 30 trillion tons of man-stuff. Most of this will outlive our civilization, buried in the strata of the unknown future. It … Continue Reading ››

Where the Rivers Go

I won't wax poetic with my own AHA realizations from the maps depicted on this page. There was a time when I would have, so count yourselves lucky. Images by  Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs, depicted at: These may be the prettiest maps you'll ever see | MNN - Mother Nature Network I realize, after dozens of geography and cartography-related posts over the years, that not many of you find the fascination or enjoy the understanding that can come from simply pouring oneself into the details of a particular terrain. These beautiful maps isolate river drainages … Continue Reading ››

Eight Years Later: Morgellons Linked to Lyme?

I think maybe, back when I was seeing patients as a physical therapist, one of them told me about a mysterious condition (their own, a friend's, a child's?) that "medicine" was dismissing as "delusional dermatopathy"---an itch all in the heads of apparently some number of people who had sought--and not obtained--help. The CDC had just weighed in on the subject, and at the time (2008) it was given about the same credibility as fibromyalgia. This morning I was scanning through and culling from more than two thousand saved articles (in Diigo, which I have been using since 2006) and ran across … Continue Reading ››

Mt Valley Pipeline Hits a Speed Bump

In case you once followed the progress (or potential devastation) of the 42-inch Mountain Valley Fracked-unNatural Gas Pipeline but had wandered away from the topic, seeing its opposition as a spitting-into-the-wind lost cause, you might want to take a few minutes to come up to speed. It seems Mt Valley does not have a free pass to our forests, mountain vistas, ground water and precious places just yet. But the fox is now guarding the henhouse, even as likely thousands of late-indigenous Appalachians would put their own safety and freedom on the line, as my friend David Seriff (of a potentially MVP-impacted … Continue Reading ››

Photos and Front Porch Musing from Floyd County Virginia