Glacial Flight

My visit to Alaska last week, to attend a memorial for a young friend, was marked by both tears and laughter. Tears because of his tragic and early death, laughter in memory of his brilliant and raucously funny spirit. In the midst of this, I was offered a chance to take a flight over the…

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Sipping Glaciers

Travel in the 21st century means you can fly to the other side of the world for a few short days with little more than a toothbrush and a change of clothes. Which is what I did last week when I flew from Geneva, Switzerland to Palmer, Alaska. It took me four blissfully uneventful but…

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Deficit Day

According to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), today marks the point at which “humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.” They call it Overshoot Day. Most of the analogies I see in the press use financial lingo and banking talk to describe this…

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Shifting Outlines

How a map is drawn says more about the interests and intentions of the cartographers than it does about the space it describes. Take, for example, these various maps of the Arctic. For most of human existence, the Arctic has been a place of myth, fascination and exploration. For a very few, it’s been home.…

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Varietals of Choice

Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed a lot of articles and blog posts questioning whether organic food is really worth the generally higher cost of the products to the consumer, i.e. whether organic food offers significant health benefits for the person eating it that justify spending more. The question itself represents part of…

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