Black bear up a tree by my train station in Montclair this morning. (at Watchung Park)
Fair warning: you’d be working with me here.
OnEarth magazine seeks an online intern for our fast-growing, award-winning website, OnEarth.org, which publishes longform journalism and smart analysis and commentary about environmental issues. The staff is small, so the intern will work closely with senior editors in our New York office on…
Each year, four international science institutions compile temperature data from thousands of stations around the world and make independent judgments about whether the year was warmer or cooler than average. “The official records vary slightly because of subtle differences in the way we analyze the data,” said Reto Ruedy, climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “But they also agree extraordinarily well.”
All four records show peaks and valleys in sync with each other. All show rapid warming in the past few decades. All show the last decade has been the warmest on record.
Note: An updated version of this graph was posted on 1/25.
Back from temporary hiatus…Today OnEarth on Tumblr: McDonald’s Goes Blue, Football Goes Green(ish), Evolution Goes Digital
"Given recent events, we may think that that we have a monopoly on venality and corruption in congress, but the gang Powell was fighting could teach ours a few dirty lessons." (via We’re Pretty Sure This Bad-Ass Pioneer Would Like to Kick Congress in the Nards | OnEarth Magazine)
I’m really pleased to pass along this essay I did for OnEarth magazine, all about our Uncollection efforts. It was an honor to speak to the publication’s audience, and a lot of fun to think through our “brand without products.” (— Rob Walker.)
The piece is here: This Brand Is Your Brand | OnEarth Magazine
Here’s an excerpt:
Around the same time that I was mulling over these ideas, some like-minded collaborators and I co-founded a group blog that we called Unconsumption. Our initial idea was to highlight inspiring examples of creative reuse and maybe, in the process, help slow the arrival of prematurely disposed-of objects into landfills. We’ve built up a nice audience — we have more than 20,000 followers at the moment — but at some point we decided that, like any growth-minded enterprise, we needed a logo. One of our colleagues created a symbol we began referring to as “Mr. Cart”: an upside-down shopping cart, flashing a smile. It was the perfect image, we all thought, to represent the Unconsumption project.
So now we had a brand! Given the nature of our endeavor, though, producing branded merchandise was out of the question. As much as I loved our adorable new logo, we had no products to emblazon. But there was an obvious, not to mention philosophically consistent, alternative: brand things that already exist.
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