Congress Must Fund Harvey Recovery Ahead of Petty Partisan Priorities

Post has been updated (see bold insert below) Not even this Congress can avoid the reality that its game plan for an end-of-the-year home stretch has been severely altered. America’s appetite for petty politics has been washed away by a merciless tempest. Providing federal aid to rural and urban areas shattered by Hurricane Harvey is […]

Be Glad There’s No Climate Change

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The last time we saw the sun around here was on the morning of Friday, May 13. Rain started in the afternoon. Since then, we’ve had a succession of rain showers and deluges, with daytime skies ranging from silver to pewter to lead (the metal, I mean), but no sun. There’s […]

COP16, the 2010 Climate Negotiations in Cancun

Guest post by Mary Gilbert [Mary Gilbert is the representative of Quaker Earthcare Witness at the United Nations. This role led her to observe the recent climate negotiations (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. Her report, written for Befriending Creation, the Quaker organization’s newsletter, is reproduced her with her permission. The links here are added to provide […]

Blog Action Day: Measuring Your Water Footprint

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     This is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers are writing about water. This is but one essay. The rest are here. When your water comes from a public water supply, it can be hard to remember what a treasure you have at your disposal. I grew to adulthood in what was […]

Global Warming Crisis: China Gets It

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson In Tianjin, China, this week, 3,000 participants from 176 nations are meeting to prepare for the United Nations annual Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The two-week event is slated this year for November 29 to December 10 in Cancun, Mexico. Compared to the cost and sheer hugeness of the 2008 […]

On Reading the News

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Starting in eighth grade, back in Paleolithic times when I was a student, we were taught to read newspapers analytically — to ask questions about what the words said, not just swallow them whole. I don’t see much evidence that skill is being taught today — nor in the past 40 […]

A Lesson on Tactics and the “Enthusiasm Gap”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Will you do me a favor, please? Go read Bill McKibben’s op-ed piece, “My Road Trip With a Solar Rock Star or Notes on the Enthusiasm Gap,” and then come back here and read my reaction to it. I’m asking you for this favor because I want you to tell me […]

Not Dead Yet: More Options for Cap and Trade

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Previously on “Climate Change”: When Democrats said they might try legislating to restrict greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the climate to change in a not-good way, Senate Republicans threatened to haul off and give them a dirty look. Afraid of being embarrassed by showing how the Republicans care more about […]

Lessons from the Hole in the Ozone Layer

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson  Not long ago I found myself wondering whatever became of the hole in the ozone layer. Before I found time to do my own search, a segment on the NPR program “Living on Earth” gave me the answer: It’s still there, but it’s closing. Another 60 years will pass before the […]

Moving South at Four Miles a Day

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     The thing I love about the World Wide Web (which most people think of as the Internet although the Internet is more than the Web), is that it’s all about serendipity. “Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries” is as good a definition as any. I couldn’t find the poem […]