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Food miles: A simple way to decrease your ecological footprint

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400: A sobering milestone

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Humankind reached a significant milestone on May 9th, 2013.  This is one of those milestones where decades from now, people will be asking each other "where were you when you heard..."  Unfortunately, this is not a milestone to be celebrated, so don't pop that bottle of champagne just yet.  This is a milestone to be regarded with genuine concern and a sobering realization of the destruction that humankind has wreaked on our planet, and on earth's ability to remain livable in the future.  On May 9th, 2013, the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii measured average atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels at 400 parts per million (ppm).  This is the first time in the history of humankind that CO2 levels have reached 400ppm.  This milestone is a reminder that our current way of living is not sustainable, and that we're facing enormous problems in the future if we continue to let that number rise.  The Pacific Northwest is not exempt from problems arising as a result of cli…

Reasons to Care

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I owe the inspiration for this blog post to a tiny little fledgling robin, whose mere presence outside my window sparked my imagination, bringing up questions and spurring my mind into full blown environmentalist/nature nerd mode. And of course, being also a writer, I immediately felt the need to write it all down...

On a recent quiet morning, I happened to look out the window next to my desk and noticed a small fluffball perched on a branch in the shrubbery outside.  A moment's study revealed that the fluffball also had a head, beak, tiny little stick legs and a mottled red breast-- it was an adorable fledgling robin, and his momma and siblings where nowhere in sight. Maybe it's just me, but I tend to get a little panicky whenever I see a baby bird all by itself-- I start worrying that maybe it fell out of the nest, got lost, or was abandoned by its mom. My (completely unfounded) concern led me to peek outside the window every few minutes to make sure the little bird was okay…