Sandy Kurtz

It’s 2020! From an environmental perspective, 2019 was pretty lousy what with all the federal cutbacks in environmental regulations and backward steps regarding energy and climate change. Fortunately, many established businesses and industries ... Read more

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“The Earth has a pulse, and so do we.” Those were the words of author Terry Tempest Williams during the annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. She described research findings at Castleton Tower in Utah. Scientists placed ... Read more

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Climate change has caused shifting of autumnal colors brought to you by trees. It used to happen in October, but now it’s November. Remember the discontinued October Color Cruise? This year November instead marks the peak for local fall foliage. Read more

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Inspired by Swedish 16-year old Greta Thunberg, an international School Strike for Climate week was set for September 20–27. Youth especially were encouraged to walk out of schools and workplaces to protest the lack of action being taken to deal ... Read more

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The Amazon forest burns. Summers are hotter than ever. Extinction rates increase. Plastics pollute the ocean. Glaciers melt. Pollinator numbers diminish, reducing food supply. Wetland and forest ecosystems disappear due to development ... Read more

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The Tennessee Valley Authority first formed as a quasi-Federal agency in 1933. In 1937, President Roosevelt dedicated the Chickamauga Dam, which was completed in 1940. The TVA Act listed needs to address flooding, provide navigability, help ... Read more

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It was about 300–400 A.D. when a small group landed on Rapa Nui, the 63-square-mile island now known as Easter Island. It was lush with trees. They set up a civilization, cleared trees for farming, and slowly grew in population. Around 1100 A.D. ... Read more

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Here’s the recent warning from the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Report: Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history—and the rate of species extinctions is ... Read more

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People around the world play soccer or follow it with passion and excitement. It entertains and brings economic benefits, but requires a large area for play. Where then to build a 5,500-seat soccer stadium with easy access, preferably close to ... Read more

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It’s a miraculous process! We mostly notice the end product, i.e., the beautiful, brilliantly colored orange, black, and white monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It begins as an egg, hatches as a caterpillar that eats a lot of milkweed, molts ... Read more

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The Tennessee Valley Authority, is a quasi-Federal agency that first began in 1933 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal when the average income in the Tennessee Valley was $639 a year. Its mission was to modernize a depressed region, develop ... Read more

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Step on brake. Push starter button. Press pedal. Quietly move to your destination with zero emissions and little expense. Help reduce climate change impacts, improve public health, and spur new jobs. It’s an electric vehicle. What’s not to like? Read more

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2019. It’s here. We didn’t do so well preserving the planet and its sustaining ecosystems last year. Let’s hope this year, given catastrophic signals of huge wildfires, disastrous flooding, heat waves, prolonged droughts, coral bleaching, and sea ... Read more

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The Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus has turned into a hodgepodge of celebrations around gift giving. Even though Jewish Hanukkah is an eight-day “Festival of Lights” commemorating the rededication of a Jewish temple, gift giving ... Read more

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Did you know THAT Water flows downhill? Did you know when you shake up a jar of muddy water and let it sit still, eventually the mud sinks to the bottom? Did you ever pour water on a pile of dirt to create little ditches that the water runs down? Read more

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October is here! It’s my custom at this time to remind you once again of the wondrous seasonal change now beginning and answer that burning question: Why do leaves fall off trees? To quote myself from past writings: Read more

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What do you pay for a gallon of gas? $2.49 or more for regular unleaded? How many miles per gallon do you get? 20? 37? 60? Gee, those old enough can remember when they had gas wars and the price per gallon would be $.33 forcing the station across ... Read more

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Mayor Berke will kick off the Climate March at Station Street on Saturday, September 8 at 11 a.m. The marchers will move to the TVA plaza at 11th and Market Street to emphasize the need for governments, utilities, businesses, and people from all ... Read more

The Bowl

Let’s get this straight: Nuclear is not an answer! In the 21st century we are moving on to renewable energy for electricity generation. Coal, gas and nuclear are going the way of buggy whips. We didn’t run out of rocks either, but the Rock Age is ... Read more

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Jeannie Hacker-Cerulean has always wanted to bring stories to life. When she was five years old, she put her dolls in long dresses as ugly stepsisters and directed her sister to play Cinderella. By the time she graduated from high school in ... Read more

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