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Moral arcs. Hairpin turns. Citizens vs. road builders. Saving (conservation) banks. Clean water, trout and Trump. Conservatives for a carbon tax. S.C. at the U.N.

Monday, February 13, 2017

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Folks, Pope Francis makes it clear in Laudato Si, his magisterial encyclical on the environment and equality, (https://laudatosi.com/watch), that the moral universe encompasses nature as well as humans (indeed, that it is nonsensical to consider one without the other). I suspect Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree. I wonder, though, whether the trajectory really is an arc. These days, it…

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Admirable migration. Fox squirrels redux. Bridging the greenbelt gap. Evasive county council. Too many bans. Elusive climate reality.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Nothing wholly admirable ever happens in this country except the migration of birds.” Brooks Atkinson Folks, Brooks Atkinson would agree that there has been a lot admirable happening this week. We are in that magical season when winter residents are still here, (this includes northerners, but today I’m writing about birds), but spring migrants have begun arriving from the tropics. Bear Island in the ACE basin was alive with ducks, swans, white pelicans and avocets, but also with…

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Power players for food. Respecting ocean power. Planning for climate change. Safer roads. Powerful governors. Powerful presidents. Representing pelicans.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Folks, There has been a lot of news this week about power – the power of nature and of people, for good and for ill, on its use and abuse, and on its limits. To begin with, what better application of power could there be than promoting local, healthy food? http://www.postandcourier.com/food/the-most-powerful-food-and-beverage-industry-players-in-charleston/article_3bcb0296-d8fe-11e6-8bfa-dfd8a56de336.html This article from the Post and Courier identifies the power behind the (local) fork. It turns out that two of the 25 local food power brokers…

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It was another hot one. Different (climate) story, same outcome. Charleston cruise ships hit the upper limit. Show me the money (or at least the source). Bay Point languishes. My mistake.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Folks, Last week I wrote that January 2017 set a temperature record in Charleston.  According to the New York Times and the Washington Post (with very impressive graphics), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week that the earth also set a temperature record.  2016 was officially the hottest year ever recorded.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/science/earth-highest-temperature-record.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/01/18/the-earth-heats-up-to-a-record-breaking-2016-in-these-12-convincing-maps-and-charts/  Meanwhile, President Trump’s cabinet nominees are being interrogated by…

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GrowFood 2017 Crop Calendar

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Every year we join the farmers in crop production planning where we discuss all things fruits and vegetables.  Working together, we discuss what to plant, when best to plant, and how much to plant.  This process helps us further our mission to create a consistent and diverse supply of local produce for the buyers, and hence, the community.  Check out this awesome…

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Bay Point development is a lose-lose-lose proposition. The nation’s newest national monument, in SC! Too much of a good (Sullivan’s Island) thing. Cruise ships in Mt. Pleasant? Long live the Conservation Bank!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Folks, This week’s news featured some of the Lowcountry’s most noteworthy places – some threatened with disappearing, others disparaged as oversized, some on the brink of revival, others endowed with national significance. But first, you probably noticed that most of this month has not felt like January. In fact, Charleston set a temperature record on Friday the 13th, (ominously), of 80 degrees. While this may have been exciting if you were headed for the beach, people…

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Global warming didn’t pause, but the Gulf Stream might. SC reduced CO2 emissions in 2016. No seismic testing! Humpbacked whales at Debidue. Cheetahs and fox squirrels. Hotel threatens Mt. Pleasant. Bridges threaten bicyclists.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Folks, For no good reason, I’ll begin this week’s news roundup at the planetary level and progress to the local.  (There is just as much logic for going the other direction.) In the past I’ve hesitated to include articles on the debate over climate science.  The conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of global warming (and ocean acidification, and rising sea levels and other related phenomena) is so rigorous, so pervasive, so multi-disciplinary and…

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2016 was a great year, seriously! China protects elephants. Don’t drain the swamp. The good news: Democracy is alive and well. Take it to the streets!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Folks, I hope everyone enjoyed the New Year’s weekend, with delightfully, accurately seasonal temperatures on New Year’s Eve. It may take years for historians to understand the implications of 2016. (Ordinary people might make sense of it more quickly.) But here are a number of accomplishments we can all celebrate on face value. As this editorial from the Island Packet reveals, the coast is better off for the passage of an updated beachfront management act. And the…

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Gifts of the magi. South Carolina reindeer. Friendly beasts. Unfriendly roads. City council capers. Calming the Crosstown (redux).

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Folks, Christmas Day was beautiful in Charleston, but unseasonably warm.  The Battery was packed with all types of vehicles – skateboards and bikes (some of which almost certainly arrived by sleigh Christmas Eve), exotic three wheeled motorcycles, conventional cars, and most of all, self-propelled humans.  (More on that topic shortly…) In the Christmas spirit, this article from the Post and Courier reports that the increased value of frankincense, one of the three gifts of the magi,…

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526 rises from the dead — sort of, while the Ashley River bike lane languishes. Bears and quality of life. Hope from Exxon on climate change.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Folks, This must sound like a familiar refrain. The Post and Courier reports that the S.C. State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) has once more postponed the final internment of the I-526 extension to rural John’s Island. The project, estimated to cost $750 million, (the most expensive transportation project in the state’s history), faces a funding shortfall of more than $300 million. Earlier this year the STIB gave the county an ultimatum – either come up with…

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