I try to forward as much positive news on the environmental front here as I can. This blog has really been a place for me to aggregate news from around the web on environmental issues. I'm a hobby-blogger, not a full-blown (pardon the pun) journalist. I don't make my living by digging up environmental stories about the Great Lakes region. (I think that would be a very valuable information set to have publicly reported, but I doubt our society will truly pay someone to do that.)
So it is that I have to find what I can, as I have the time. You see, while I have to do other work to pay the bills and keep clothes on my back, shoes on my feet, and food in my belly, I also know that Climate Change is by far the biggest threat facing Humanity, even if it's happening on a pace and scale too slow for us to really grasp viscerally. So I spend what time I can throwing this together, in the hopes that it helps in some way.
Meanwhile, I've moved with my wife from Illinois to California, in order to be near our young granddaughters who are among those who will inherit what we leave behind.
As you can see, I've tweaked the blog header today, I hope you like the new version. It's an ameteur, patchwork cartoon, full of borrowed and home-brewed things, just like this blog.
And as I write this, local and State fire crews are battling a brush fire in the low Santa Ana mountains not seven miles from where I live. You can find out about it here: http://www.rvcfire.org/_Layouts/Incident%20Information/IncidentInfoDetail.aspx?2649#.V1Mygt5jJ28.facebook , and here: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/temeculafire? .
My wife and I were driving South to get breakfast at a little mom-n-pop restaurant that we like at the South end of town, but we had to turn around and pick somewhere else because traffic was just about stopped, probably because the interchange to I-15 was closed, as well as the intersate highway itself on that end of town. Here are some pictures of the fire as seen from five miles away:
|The bio-swale (river bed) is functional, and captures rainwater and condensate from half the house roof.|