I’m guessing there are a good number of people out there who live in cities and yearn passionately for wild places. I’m one. I wasn’t always the New York City girl, ignoring the hundreds strangers on the subway and rushing around in heels (sometimes) and searching for a glimmer of serenity in the not-so-wild knolls of Central Park. No, there was a quieter time, when I was a whitewater rafting guide with a good tan and a passion for the craggy, terrifying pitches of Taos Ski Valley’s hikers-only double blacks.!--/end tags-->
The U.S. Geological Survey just released some heartening news for politicians who are chomping at the bit to allow an offshore drilling bonanza in the Arctic, including fragile places such as the Chukchi Sea (see "Polar Distress," May 2008). The results of a 4-year assessment released last week indicate that up to 1/5th of the world's unexplored oil and gas reserves lie north of the Arctic Circle, with most of this offshore.!--/end tags-->
One of the fun things about my job as an editor at Audubon Magazine is seeing the topics that we feature in our pages making a splash in mainstream publications or on popular news shows, even if it's years after we wrote about them. And that's exactly what happened this morning when I opened the newspaper and read Anne Raver's article about rain barrels.!--/end tags-->
One of the best things about living in New York City is that I can breezily walk by 4 lanes of sardine-packed cars aggressively inching towards a one-lane merge and barely notice their plight. Luckily, I don't need a car to get where I'm going since I live in the second most walkable city in the U.S., according to rankings recently released by a web site called WalkScore.!--/end tags-->
Did you see today's New York Times? Bill Vlasic writes that "Ford is Betting the Future on Small, Efficient Cars." Apparently, Vlasic got a head's up before Ford makes an official announcement this Thursday. Could it be true?
Did you see today's New York Times? Bill Vlasic writes that "Ford is Betting the Future on Small, Efficient Cars." Apparently, Vlasic got a head's up before Ford makes an official announcement this Thursday. Could it be true? An American Company is taking a step toward practicing what the enviros preach. How about that? Up until now, some of the most fuel-efficient compact cars hitting today's copious best-buy-for-the-planet lists have been from Asian automakers, like Toyota and Honda. Maybe soon we can buy local (American-made) and have our fuel-efficient cars too. See my previous post about car buying, and creating a U.S. green economy.
For more about green auto trends, see the related articles on the Times (you will find several at the end of Vlasic's current article), as well as many other publications. If you find something worth sharing, please post a comment on The Perch.
It’s a turbulent time for the sex lives of wildlife Down Under. The other week, I blogged about New Zealand’s tuataras, ancient reptiles imperiled because warming temperatures may cause all of their offspring to be born male.!--/end tags-->
I spent Saturday on the beach, snapping photos of terns while they dive-bombed the intrepid Indu Nepal as she risked her head (literally!) for video footage of piping plovers. Our guide was Don Riepe, who after a 25-year career as a park ranger heads the Northeast chapter of the American Littoral Society and leads a variety of birding and ecology tours around New York, in conjunction with NYC Audubon (for more info, click here).!--/end tags-->
A picture-perfect monarch butterfly, fresh out of its chrysalis, was sipping nectar from a pot of dwarf Black-eyed Susans on our deck this morning. Summer wouldn't be summer without both of them, monarchs and Susans. And the latter are in full bloom in meadows and along roadsides throughout the Hudson Valley as July winds down, with butterflies of all colors fluttering in for nourishment while nectar-drinking bees buzz busily about.
Just two days after the Environmental Protection Agency renounced any responsibility for regulating greenhouse gas emissions, Kenya's courts stepped up to thwart a massive sugarcane and ethanol project planned for the Tana River Delta, a biodiverse ecosystem that is home to significant portions of the world's greater flamingoes, African spoonbills, and various sandpipers and terns.