Category Archives: Environment

“The Wisdom To Survive”

About 70 people gathered on Thursday evening December 7 to view “The Wisdom to Survive,” the final film of the fall in the West Chester University Environmental Sustainability Film Series in memory of Graham Hudgings. The hour-long documentary at WCU’s … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the pesticides

Since 2015, with many others, I have been part of the West Chester PA activist group Don’t Spray Me, whose immediate purpose is to cut down on both mosquitoes and the pesticides sprayed to kill them. The Don’t Spray Me … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Big Green Block and why it’s important

On my block in West Chester, last month, workers were boring test holes in the street to discover the best depth for surface water to drain into the subsoil. I said: “But isn’t it all clay down there?” and they … Continue reading

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The triumph of global warming?

The day after the election, an azalea bush in full bloom momentarily distracted me from what happened in Pennsylvania and the country the day before. Because of the fall colors in the leaves, you need to look a bit closely, … Continue reading

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Managing water: West Chester and Cape May Point

A Stream Protection Fee will take effect in West Chester in a few months. The online overview identifies the issues the fee will help solve: water pollution, flooding and erosion, and degradation of our storm water pipes, drains, and other … Continue reading

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What we can learn from anti-zika spraying

Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and people. So, health authorities have been working on the twin challenges of eradicating mosquitoes and educating people. Transmission of Zika virus from mosquitoes to people (and vice versa) in the continental US has … Continue reading

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Shipwrecks, climate disruption, mass shootings

This excerpt from Kathryn Schulz, “Writers in the Storm” (The New Yorker, Nov. 23, 2015), seems to me a good analogy for the human slowness in solving problems: It is difficult … to appreciate how catastrophic the weather could be … Continue reading

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