We have a World Environment Day?!?

So, funny story.  We have a World Environment Day.  Well, we had one: it was June 5th this year.  (At least India didn’t miss out: an entire week of festivities began yesterday, mingling cultural activities with enthusiastic speeches about India’s Green Economy future.) The other big news is that UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program (yes, we have one of those, too!), has just released its Forests in a Green Economy report.  Full text is available here. The state of the forests has the potential to be strong.  Over 1,600,000,000... Read The Rest →

How to Stay Safe in Smokey Weather

The smoke in Gainesville continues, so it’s time to ask some serious and important questions: How can we stay safe when the weather isn’t? Well, first of all, don’t go for a leisurely walk in the smog, like I just did.  That was just ridiculous. Here’s what you can do to keep your lungs healthy and clear. 1.  Stay informed.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection provides this map of air quality in your area.  Look for Alachua County; you can see the yellow and red flickers pass over us,... Read The Rest →

Sniff sniff. Hey, what’s that smell?

Like many concerned citizens and breathers of air, we’ve been troubled by the recent smokiness in the Gainesville area.  It’s clearly a forest fire, but where is it coming from?  And why? The where is complicated: A few weeks ago, massive wildfires tore through 180,00 acres of forest in Brevard, Volusia, and St. Johns County.  Now St. Johns and Volusia are burning once again, joined by Flagler County.   All told, there are 256 active fires statewide.  We’re also getting smoke blown down from a 10,000-acre fire in Georgia. Why?... Read The Rest →

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