Photo by Rob Moir

Thursday July 23, the Ocean River Institute’s Natural Lawn Care for Healthy Soils Competition was in Bridgewater. Jacklyn Norris (left) of Bridgewater University Environmental Action Team was assisted by Susanna Buckley (Connecticut College) and Adibah Shaikh (U Mass Lowell). The winning towns are those with the greatest number of households pledging to maintain natural lawns without spreading quick-release fertilizer or harmful pesticides and herbicides.

Natural lawns in Springfield that were cut every three weeks instead of weekly with the blade set high and grass clippings left on the turf were pollinated by 96 species of bees. Save money on lawn…

Eastern cottontail rabbit on a non-fertilized lawn in Somerville, MA. Photo: R Moir

There is much more to climate change than carbon dioxide. Of all the molecules rising to cause stronger storms, longer droughts, more fires, pestilence, local extinctions, and sea level rising, global carbon is the easiest to measure as an indicator of overall planet health. The other greenhouse gasses, methane, nitrous oxides, and especially water vapor are more difficult to measure due to their dynamic, constantly shifting nature.

Global carbon dioxide levels are observed and recorded far from industries 11,000 feet above sea level at the Mauna Loa Observatory. Carbon dioxide rose steadily from 315 parts per million (ppm) in 1958…

To meet the ravages of climate change, Congress has introduced the Ocean Based Climate Solutions Act (HR.8632). The ocean covers nearly three-quarters of the planet. Nothing has more of an impact on the climate than does the ocean. About one out of every four carbon dioxide molecules emitted into the atmosphere are drawn down into the ocean. Sea water along our shores buffer the rise of land temperatures during the summer and the cold of temperatures during the winter. The ocean fuels rainfall, drives local water cycles, is one with weather systems, and with waters warming, gives much more energy…

There is hope for the bees when there’s clover in the lawn. Researchers discovered that lawns in Springfield Massachusetts when cut every three weeks instead of weekly resulted in as many as 2.5 times more lawn flowers, mostly clover and dandelions, and a great diversity of 93 species of bees.

Thursday, May 20 this the sixth annual World Bee Day. Celebrate bees by joining with others in pledging not to spread quick-release fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides on your lawn. Toxins must follow the applied nutrients because grass is developing an addiction, is thinner with less fiber, easy forage for pests…

Dougie MacLean's song is titled Until We Meet Again. It's a great closing song.

"Until we meet again, I wish you well

I hope your light shines easily

And until we meet again, it doesn't matter how we've done

On Athol side I'll see you further on

You can't teach those who do not wish to learn. Well said. I do not think you hot-headed at all which is why I engage in word play with you. I mistook your painfully personal experiences with political positions, et al. for being the common complaint so often expressed by others about climate deniers in general. thanks for taking the time to explain situations. Of course you pick your battles, sometimes they're in your face, and wisely stay focused on "more productive endeavors." Bravo!

How do you feel when your tolerance runs out, exceeds its limits, and you choose intolerance?

BootstrapCompost dot com is a leading compost pickup service in Massachusetts. “Partnering with local farms, Bootstrap diverts thousands of pounds of organic material from landfills every day. As a result, we are harnessing the potential of organic refuse to redefine and empower a local food community. Our farms benefit from our compost in the production of crops while each Bootstrap subscriber receives a portion of black gold for their own gardening projects. Remaining compost is donated to schools and community gardens. We consider it thoughtful, sustainable, and community-engineered composting.”

Each tenant would have their own sealable Bootstrap bucket. Ideally the housing association would pay the fee. Tenant is responsible for putting out bucket on designated day. Bootstrap picks up bucket and leaves clean bucket behind.

Bird feeders bring much joy and very much connect people, especially us living in more urban areas, with nature. Hummingbird feeders need to be carefully maintained so that the sugar water does not go bad, but bring much delight. You can combine bird feeding with local plants by planting shrubs or trees that have berries. Birds that do not come to a feeder for seed will perch on a branch for an old berry. Yesterday for the first time there was a downy woodpecker sitting on the feeder. Sparrows came and went while woodpecker looked up and down. Finally he grabbed a sunflower seed and flew off. I like to think the feeder helped that bird through a tough time.

Rob Moir

Rob Moir, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Ocean River Institute. He writes Clam Chowdah dot org blog and hosts Moir’s Environmental Dialogues iTalk radio.

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