January 29, 2018 A roundup of the day’s headlines. Want to breath better in San Antonio? Wait until summer “The worst scenario for an asthmatic would be winter in Texas,” said Dr. Erika Gonzalez-Reyes, an asthma and allergen specialist who has practiced in San Antonio since 2006. “You’ve got cold […]
Conservation Rush: Do Marine Protected Areas Work?
Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University and Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University What lies beneath the deep, dark expanse of the ocean is something that has fascinated sailors, fishermen, adventurers, poets and explorers for centuries. How could residents of New England, for instance, have known that beneath the coastal waters lies […]
SXSW Eco: Encounters with Visionaries & Techno-Fetishists
AUSTIN, Texas—This week, at SXSW Eco, a prominent conference bringing together sustainable business leaders, planners, and others, there are innumerable sessions devoted to startup businesses, socially conscious consumption, “bio-based economies,” genetic engineering, and synthetic materials. It is, by and large, a tech conference targeting industry- and city-scale innovations intended to […]
Deceleration Podcast #1: Kingdom of Hawaii is within you
In San Antonio, Lanny Sinkin is known as the former director of Solar San Antonio, an advocacy organization that had been dedicated to moving the city beyond fossil fuels. Today, nearly two years after leaving the position, he is known as Ali`i Mana`o Nui, adviser to Edmund Keli’i Silva Jr., […]
IUCN: A living earth requires changes in human heart
As with the Peace & Dignity Journey that threaded its way through Texas a couple weeks back, the IUCN World Conservation Congress convened for the first 10 days of this month is an every-four-years affair. Every time the assemblage of 217 governmental agencies and over 1,000 civil society organizations from […]
Study: Dolphins may speak in sentences. Is that important?
Two immediate reactions to the Christian Science Monitor story this morning about a study suggesting dolphins communicate with each other “much like humans do”: 1. Fascinating/incredible and “Thanks for all the fish,” etc.. 2. A small lament. There are a myriad of ways to communicate the interior life. All creatures […]
IPCC: Humans Wrecking The Planet; Humans: /Shrug/
The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s summary for policy makers (pdf) released today — the first installment of the UN-affiliated body’s fifth report — is in many ways exactly what one would expect: a further tightening of what we already knew. The takeaway at Twitter speed? The world is […]