Deficit Day

According to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), today marks the point at which “humanity‚Äôs 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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Telling Time

There’s a new chill in the morning air, in spite of unseasonable warmth. Winter is still around the corner, according to the calendar, but it’s still as warm as late summer. We wore shorts yesterday. A few roses shoot another round of late blossoms that might cost the plants dearly, a couple of the tomato…

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Salt Road

Funny how natural resources rise and fall in our estimation. There was a time when salt – plain old salt, the stuff we buy for pennies – was the cornerstone of empires, the arrow of conflict, the reason for Roman roads and the thorn that pricked societies to revolution. Precious salt preserved food for long…

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Air Absurdum

I read today about an intriguing legal exercise in definitions. Briefly, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) won a lawsuit that had been filed against it demanding that the commission take steps to reduce greenhouse gases. Travis County District Court decision essentially supported the commission’s view that it could use its own discretion in…

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The Big House

I’ve written before about the housing boom in our region of France, with thousands of units going up every years, carpeting what were fields and forests when we moved here in the 1990s. I’ve also noticed that many single-family houses of the suburban developments are much smaller than those in the United States. As it…

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