Category Archives: Environment

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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Cows / freedom / West Chester’s community rights amendment

E. B. White’s essay “Poetry,” written in 1939, starts out: A friend of mine has an electric fence around a piece of his land, and he keeps two cows there. I asked him one day how he liked his fence … Continue reading

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Racism and global warming

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it,” as Mark Twain or someone else famously said. That is how racism is like global warming: We’re still talking about it, and nobody does anything about it. At least, … Continue reading

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Global climate disruption: the latest

On February 27, I attended an interesting discussion memorably entitled “What a Winter! Forum on Climate Change Policy to Protect and Preserve PA” at West Chester University, sponsored by the West Chester University Sustainability Advisory Council, Borough Leaders United for … Continue reading

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John Hanger’s issues are still in play

John Hanger has taken himself out of the gubernatorial race after filing more than twice the required number of signatures. He has been an exceptional candidate because he ran on a number of issues that he has injected permanently into … Continue reading

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Why it’s colder here—because it’s warmer there

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 3/3/14 The current pattern, here in Pennsylvania, of unusually hot summers and unusually cold winters, is surprising us all. But it shouldn’t, as it has been going on for several years. … Continue reading

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