It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January. Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision. Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]
If I traveled to a busy metropolitan area like New York, I would expect to breathe in more ozone pollution and be cautious about keeping an inhaler around for my youngest child. But I’m surprised to see that even the beautiful Knoxville area gets a failing grade for high ozone days from the American Lung […]
Climate change concerns versus coal dust celebrations, clean air rules versus community freedoms, environmental ideals versus mining jobs? What if the way America’s been debating its energy future is based on false dichotomies? What if the very industry blamed in part for climate destruction has the most power to build a renewable energy future? In […]
The temps are low enough, the snow machines have been blowing, and skiers have run the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg even before December. The South’s popular ski resort and amusement park opened its ski slopes on the Friday after Thanksgiving, announcing that it’s been 20 years since skiing began so early in Gatlinburg. Snow tubing […]
Rocky Mountain Wildflowers in the Alpine Tundra in June Still ahead this week: ways to green your next vacation!
University of Colorado researchers are closely watching how the composition of snowpack is changing in the Rocky Mountains and what happens when it melts faster than in previous years. They’re measuring the amount of nitrogen from human activity that has been deposited via the atmosphere into alpine streams. Environmental groups like the Wilderness Society are […]
Drive along many of Appalachia’s scenic byways, and you may not notice what’s just over the ridge. A Tennessee-based Christian group is calling for all of us to peer closer, before it’s too late. “Only God Should Move Mountains,” declares the flyer full of questions and answers, pasted with photos of rust-colored water and bare […]