Hashtags and Picklebacks

Hashtag: TweetTasting Every so often Fortune smiles down upon me and hands me a treat. Last week, the treat came in the form of a tasting across the Internet via Twitter, courtesy of The Whisky Wire and Arkwrights Whisky and Wines. With around twenty very game tasters, many of them quite knowledgeable, we cracked five…

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International Law of the Anthropocene

I found an interesting paper recently, International Law in the Anthropocene: Responding to the Geoengineering Challenge by Karen N. Scott, Professor in Law at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In it, she discusses the role of international environmental law in dealing with the impact humans have on the planet. She focuses her attention…

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Carbon Non-Neutrality

“Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest. And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining…

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Getting There From Here (1)

China’s cabinet recently released the outline of a strategy to deal with its ‘airpocalypse’, the devastating air pollution levels in many of its major cities. The main goal is to reduce industrial emissions by 30% by the end of 2017. In a ten-point plan, the State Council proposes making sure that construction projects pass environmental…

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Unraveled Threads

Ecosystems that have evolved over millennia are bound to be as complex as the most intricate tapestry, with interrelationships and connections that might not be readily apparent amidst all the color and noise of the larger pattern. As with a tapestry, pulling on one thread, or even two or twenty, might harm a small part…

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#LiquidAmericana

Back in January, I felt very lucky to get a taste of Pappy Van Winkle 23-year-old whiskey. I grew up drinking bourbon, but I can’t say I really discovered whisky until I visited Scotland. And although the Pappy 23 was a revelation, I haven’t sampled all that many different American-made whiskies. Yet. The popularity of…

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Harvest of Hail

I went running yesterday morning, and my favorite meadow – a field that is left to grow wildflowers and wild grasses – had been harvested. Lucky are the cows that get the harvest from this small meadow. I don’t have a recent photo of the meadow pre-harvest, but there must be dozens of wild flower…

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Lake of Superlatives

Deepest, largest, oldest – Lake Baikal in Siberia is unique. Formed an estimated 25 million years ago in an ancient rift valley, it holds 20% of the world’s unfrozen freshwater, more than all the North American Great Lakes combined. At 5,371 ft (1,637 m) deep, it is the deepest. It is 395.2 miles (636 km)…

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Animal Aesthetics

Who hasn’t marvelled over an intricate spider’s web at one point or another, admiring the beauty of its filigree almost-uniformity? Or wondered how birds know just exactly how to construct a nest that will make efficient use of available materials, withstand the elements, and be able to hold both eggs and then squirmy young? Still,…

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Water Middlemen

It’s only been three days since the heat of summer started in earnest here after a cold, wet spring and a long winter. And yet, I’m already scanning the skies for a welcome downpour. When water is present, we either take it for granted or (as during this past soggy spring) we wish the skies…

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