Being Normal

I’m writing this on Christmas Day, 2023. It’s a Monday, and I usually prepare my blogs on Mondays. After reviewing several research reports on different aspects of sustainability, D suggested I do something that feels more “Christmas-like” positive. Here’s a paper I recently wrote that wonders why people aren’t adapting to healthier, less expensive sustainable living more quickly.  It’s a bit longer than my usual blogs, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

Being Normal

 

One evening … on a camping trip, my wife said that the next day we might drive 30 miles, turn left turn Highway 213, drive 20 miles, and we’d find a great campground on the left. … Keep reading

EVs cutting world oil demand

Well, the transition is beginning, though more in Asia than the U.S.  My biggest question:  Will the transition be fast enough?  Comments afterwards.

 

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EVs are cutting the world demand for oil,

But not in the way you may think

 

Mark Sumner

Daily Kos Staff

September 16, 2023

 

The same rainstorm that earlier drowned a third of all the agricultural land and cost lives in Greece has brought incredible destruction to Libya, where at least 2,000 are thought to be dead.… Keep reading

More than Water Rationing

Here’s a very brief article that’s almost a year old, yet is as important and vital as one that may have been reported yesterday.  We do live in a global economy, and probably think more globally than at any time in our history, mostly due to the continuous stream of global news.  Yet, we each also live in a locality. And although an issue such as this one on water rationing may not seem applicable, as “it’s over there, and it’ll never happen here,” as the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed. … Keep reading

‘Imperial Lawn’ Is Dead

Here’s a useful bit of research that affects many of us. It concerns the negative environmental effects caused by grass lawns, and ties the data directly to global warming and our climate change problems.  Comments afterwards.

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The Traditional ‘Imperial Lawn’ Is Dead

— Long Live the Trees

 

Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

EcoWatch

January 13, 2023

 

Americans are well known for their evenly clipped, bright green lawns. But rather than being beneficial, these manicured greenspaces are actually detrimental to the environment.… Keep reading

Mindfulness

Here’s a different orientation to sustainability:  Our disposition.  With all the 24/7 news featuring uprisings, wars, mass shootings, etc. – all likely to increase our anxiety levels and hurt our daily quality-of-life experience, it seems very appropriate to an exploration centered on “Sustainable Living.”  Comments afterwards.

 

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Mindfulness exercises can be as effective

as anxiety drugs, study shows

Breathing and body exercises helped relieve anxiety as effectively

as medications over an eight-week study of 208 people

 

Amanda Morris

The Washington Post

January 23, 2023

 

Practicing mindfulness to relieve anxiety can be just as effective as medication, new research shows.… Keep reading