Archive for the 'Environment' Category



Visualizing the Anthropocene

Published on November 20, 2011

In the last post, I mentioned a few examples of human influence on earth that have prompted many to now speak of the Anthropocene Epoch, the age of human transformation of the planet. But as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (or more. Since then, I’ve run across several things that help […]


And now…The Anthropocene Epoch, or The Age of Man

Published on November 14, 2011

We’ve done it. We’ve remade creation according to our own needs, desires, and vision. And so it is now different than it has ever been before. That appears to be the message of an increasing number of scientists and writers who argue that we have moved out of the 10,000 year holocene epoch (the period […]


7 Billion—Now What?

Published on November 7, 2011

Seven billion people as of Oct 31, Reformation Day. The world’s population has more than doubled in my lifetime. For that matter, it’s increased three billion since I was in high school. It has increased by one billion in the last twelve years. By 2050 some estimate that we will need another planet to support […]


Arand’s Stopover

Published on October 11, 2010

It’s fall. And the Fall migrations are underway. Birds and butterflies alike are heading south from their summer breeding grounds to their winter havens. Warblers are harder to find. Monarch butterflies and ruby-throated hummingbirds are the most visible visitors. Even in my own backyard, a fairly small backyard (1/8 of an acre) that borders a […]


Frankenfish Salmon

Published on October 4, 2010

So, what do you think of the genetically modified salmon that has been nicknamed Frankenfish? Various news agencies reported last week that the company AquaBounty is asking the FDA to approve as safe the farm raised genetically modified salmon. It apparently grows much faster and much larger (2-3 times) than your average salmon. See the […]