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Spirituality and Science Writing Can Coexist

A few years ago, I left a professional organization because of dialogues on its email list which dismissed spiritual views as New Age fluff. Since then, I have been quiet about the fact that I view spirituality and science literacy as somewhat...

Posted October 21, 2012    

Why We Shouldn’t Call the Climate Debate a “Culture War”

For months, I’ve been reading posts from environmental news sources saying that belief in the existence of climate change has become a “culture war.” Framing the issue this way is destructive because it draws a line in the sand, further polarizing...

Posted August 31, 2012    

A new solution for our plastic waste?

Polyester polyurethane is unappetizing to most living things – including the sea creatures who encounter it in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where recent news shows insects are starting to lay their eggs on pieces of plastic.What will we do...

Posted May 16, 2012    

The Powerpuff Approach to Energy Efficiency

The Powerpuff Girls have decided to take on an energy efficiency challenge. Well… not exactly. I’m sorry to say there won’t be an episode showing the Powerpuff Girls breaking light bulbs and replacing them with CFLs. Fortunately, since the Powerpuff...

Posted October 26, 2011    

Peanut Butter, Climate Change and Social Justice

Climate change has precipitated another sticky situation: shortages of peanuts. That may also mean shortages of peanut sauce, which disappears from our refrigerator rapidly. The Google search I did this morning says no one has written about this...

Posted October 20, 2011    

Saving Chocolate from Global Warming

I wrote this post in honor of chocolate. The chocolate harvest is now endangered by global warming. I’d like to see a chocolate bar replace a polar bear as the symbol of global warming’s devastation. One cost of global warming is emotional...

Posted October 17, 2011    

Translating Science Is Translating Culture

When I jazz information up to present it in this blog, I’m aware translating science can be risky. When I started introducing myself as a journalist at parties, some people backed away. There’s a perception that professional communicators aren’t...

Posted October 12, 2011