Category Archives: Climate Change

Summer Solstice, with Pollinators

The Summer Solstice is here, appropriately in the midst of a terrible heatwave (although it’s now Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere). In the Northern Hemisphere the earth in its orbit tilts on its axis, facing the sun for the longest … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day (or Beltane) celebrations traditionally involve bonfires, and dancing around a Maypole to commemorate the coming of summer and the fertility of the growing season ahead. Observances such as our local march pictured here, also honor labor for International Workers’ Day, … Continue reading

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Science and Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Here is a small glimpse of our burgeoning garden (even lusher due to one of the rainiest winters on record). I’m always amazed at what will pop up on its own, thanks to the rich humus under several large trees, … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox, with Frogs!

Happy Spring Equinox! After a brief moment of nearly equal day and night, the sun crosses the celestial equator as it moves north along our ecliptic, and Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres are evenly illuminated. Persians celebrate New Year or Nowruz, and … Continue reading

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Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! This 46-year-old holiday is commemorated this year by world leaders signing the Paris Agreement on climate change at the UN in New York – a great step, but the real work will be to take aggressive action to protect our … Continue reading

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Drought, part II

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” Those of you who grew up in 1970s California, as I did, will remember these immortal words about saving water. Conservation was mandatory; fines were imposed; and gardens withered. … Continue reading

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