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Earth For Sale

What I thought about yesterday morning, as I opened up the new package of dental floss with a special weave so it won’t break, is how so much of our human ingenuity and our diminishing energy supplies goes towards making new stuff that will appeal to the discriminating consumer. It was an echo of an […]

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“Well, the party’s over”: David Suzuki

David Suzuki’s Carbon Manifesto: For more:

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would you like flies with that?

Every now and then, at dinner parties, over hors d’oeuvres and desserts, I like to raise the question: what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? The answers are memorable. One friend snacked on groundhog in Ecuador while another sampled rotten shark, a delicacy in Iceland. And then there are the bugs. It seems a lot […]

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eco-farmers’ market opens

Never mind all the questions – where’s it grown, how’s it grown, is it grass-fed or corn? You can leave those at home for this trip to market. Entirely made up of local ecological farmers (many members of the Simcoe County Chapter of Ecological Farmers’ Association of Ontario) the annual Eco-Farmers’ Market is all organic […]

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in support of the staycation

Rising gas prices have finally raised the question. Should we stay or should we go? It’s not an easy one to answer, but since airplanes deliver one of the worst doses of carbon, it’s long overdo that we stop treating travel like it is sacrosanct in the discussion about climate change and start thinking about […]

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float through the air with the greatest of ease

On my way home from the library last night, yet another bit about the collapsing airline industry was on the radio. Dubbed the “airline armageddon” by blogger Lou at The Cost of Energy, it seems like passenger costs for plane trips are rising faster than anyone can book their tickets. Despite the disappointment for travelers […]

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the end just might be nigh

I don’t know if it’s because I recently finished re-watching the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or all the bad news lately but if ever there was a time when I was tempted to grow a long, white beard and hoist a sign on the street corner, this is it. The end, I […]

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relevant reading – and writing – on earth day

Lately my interests keep moving towards food – how it’s produced, where it comes from, the costs in creating it, the sometimes hidden science behind it, the often invisible threats to our health that occupy many of our supermarkets. Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t that I’m obsessed with my own health. It’s that I […]

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sunbathing and sea burial in miami

A couple of odd bits of news from Miami, Florida popped into my in-box today, sent by TravelMole. Together, they summoned an image of that strange ocean-side world, so different from the wintry view out my window. How fun! The first is a newly offered guarantee from Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. They’re promising a […]

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