Reading the Forests, Pollution Controls Removed From Streams and Wetlands, Other Bad News

Before today’s bad news, here’s a very cool article on reading the forests: https://blog.nature.org/science/2020/01/13/a-walk-in-the-woods-reading-new-englands-forests/?src=e.cgs.eg.x.loc_b&lu=7490584&autologin=true From the Washington Post, on the thinning ranks of government scientists. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/science-ranks-grow-thin-in-trump-administration/2020/01/23/5d22b522-3172-11ea-a053-dc6d944ba776_story.html From today’s New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/climate/trump-environment-water.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage\ Here’s the coverage from The Hill: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment From … Continue reading

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Classic Mountain Weather

So we’re having some classic mountain weather, shifting mists, temperature about 47 degrees, occasional rain. Lots of people hate it, but I happen to love it. Fire in the fireplace, roast in the oven, the idiot Floridians screwed off to … Continue reading

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Ecological Grief, Australian Brushfires, Brazil's Largest Reserve, Policy and the Climate, Giant Sequoias Begin to Die, Trying to Sue Over Climate Change

Some of the best ecological news these days is in the Guardian. The Guardian does not have a pay wall, but does ask you to contribute. Giant sequoias are dying. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/18/this-is-not-how-sequoias-die-its-supposed-to-stand-for-another-500-years-aoe Article from the Guardian on how scientists are coping … Continue reading

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Spring-like Weather, Changes in the Downtown, Restaurant News

We’re having warm temperatures, thunderstorms, and lots of shifting mist. Saturday, we had a tornado watch, and there was a strong thunderstorm in nearby Tennessee with rotation observed, a legitimate tornado warning. We didn’t get that, but we did get … Continue reading

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Worries About the National Parks, Bees, and Migratory Birds

Here’s a link to an article from the Guardian on the National Parks. The Guardian does not have a pay wall, but like Wikopedia, they do ask you to donate. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/10/us-national-parks-dismantling-under-way Another article from the Guardian, this time on the … Continue reading

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A New Year's Resolution

On January 1st, I took a difficult decision. After 18 years in the real estate business, I decided to inactivate my license. It was a very difficult decision. I felt a real loyalty to my profession, my office, and my … Continue reading

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So Most All of the Leaves Are Down

The leaves were really late coming off the trees this fall. At this point, they are mostly all down, other than the ones that are going to be up there for a while. So … if you haven’t been up … Continue reading

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Plans for the Methodist Church Site Revealed by Fetch Your News

Well, I can’t believe someone sat down at a drafting board and designed this thinking it was right for downtown Blue Ridge, but … here it is: https://fannin.fetchyournews.com/2019/11/11/plans-revealed-for-the-previous-site-of-the-blue-ridge-united-methodist-church/

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No Snow Yet, but Ice on the Deck

The weather service has changed the forecast and they now say that up to a half inch of accumulation is possible. We don’t have any snow or sleet, but the rain has frozen some on the deck and it’s very … Continue reading

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Up and Down Leaf Report

Despite the cool temperatures – it was 26 this morning – fall still seems to be late. There’s a lot of color in the woods, and some of the oaks haven’t turned at all. On a cloudy day, there doesn’t … Continue reading

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