Sandy Kurtz en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Are We Going Back to “Drill, Baby, Drill”? The midterm election is over, and with it, its ads. Given the outcome, however, those who care about the environment should urge continued gridlock in Congress.

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Fall Feats Repeat Every October, any naturalist worth their salt must be able to explain why and how leaves turn color and fall off trees. The label “naturalist” is used loosely here for this writer, but here goes.

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They Didn’t Have to Die Dead fish. This smelly proposition mixed with raw sewage was offered up to us in South Chickamauga Creek near Shallowford Road on Aug. 14. For the next two days, downstream over two miles ...

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Think Green to Make Green Recent Business Forward event highlighted green investment opportunities.

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Celebrate Green Action and Solutions CHEE also wants to build a plan addressing climate change, and mount a city effort for environmental justice.

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Who and What Thrives Under THRIVE 2055? "It feels like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic while ignoring the need for real survival solutions.”

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Keepers of the Garden Step Up with Solar People of faith, it’s time to step up. If we are keepers of the Garden and the Garden is suffering, then action is required. Installing solar panels to reduce carbon footprints and help clean air for others is one moral thing to do.

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Future Shaped By Our Choices Now If you expected a tropical disease epidemic to hit your community, what options would you have? If you saw the Southeastern US forest ecosystem weaken with loss of fragile plant and animal species, would you want to stop it and if so, how?

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Rethinking TVA's Energy Future Comfort-seeking humans have cleverly figured out how to use indirect solar energy sources. Grown men (women, too) throw hissy fits if the power goes off or the price of gas causes any inconvenience.

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The Art of Wild Love In fact, for most species, there is innate sexual desire. Romantic courting and love seem optional to many, but the merging of DNA and genes is necessary for any species to continue to exist. That drive is strong.

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Green Goals for 2013 Because all life on Earth depends on a suitable habitat and a healthy ecosystem, what can be done to guarantee sustainability now and in the future?

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Green Reason for the Holiday Season In Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul was observed in honor of the god Thor. Fires were lit to symbolize the warmth of the returning sun. Ancient Incas honored the sun god with a special festival during winter solstice.

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Earth-Friendly Holidays Further, separating wants from needs will help save the Earth. How badly does one need an indoor flameless marshmallow roaster for $69.95, heated outdoor cat bowls ($49.95), or an automatic flameless LED candle ($39.95) from Hammacher Schlemmer?

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No Energy Martyrs Here There are programmable thermostats, motion detectors that turn off after someone leaves a room, dimmers, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, Energy Star-rated refrigerators and air conditioners, and old-fashioned ceiling fans, to name a few.

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Serious About The Scenic City “Teachers don’t get much, if any, developmental training about environment and environment education.” “I am impressed with the diversity and enthusiasm of the people I have met here. All seem to be working on air, land and water issues.”

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Know Your Frankenfoods Farmers and gardeners should be able to know what they’re raising. You need to be able to make an informed purchase. Genetic diversity is shrinking. I think we’re moving away from safer food.

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The Agenda 21 Conspiracy Have you heard the latest local conspiracy theory? Conspirators tell us that Chattanooga has signed on to a dastardly plot run by the United Nations.

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What Are You Drinking? Chances are that as a kid you went on a school field trip to discover how water is treated in order to make it acceptable to drink. Given the contaminants, making it drinkable is a massive job.

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