Lifelong Learning and Gratitude

Lifelong Learning and Gratitude

Last week’s Lighting Update shared some reflections on “pushing boundaries.” In part II of some closing observations, I feel compelled to write of the lessons and people who have taught me as a conservationist. Where does a whole landscape sensibility come from? How...
Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries

After writing weekly Lightning Updates for almost three years, I’m about to enter a new post-full-time-job phase of life. Perhaps you will pardon my using this and next week’s updates for some personal observations. Here’s part I. I’ve been reflecting on forty years...
Location. Location. Location.

Location. Location. Location.

Yes, there are enough optimal siting locations for solar panels to avoid impacts on important natural and agricultural lands. (Photos: Chesapeake Conservancy) Recent Lightning Updates focused on aspects of the climate crisis. Today’s is on one major climate mitigation...
Intelligence Report

Intelligence Report

The National Intelligence Council’s new quadrennial report sets out trends shaping the future. Climate change and the environment play a big role. (Image: National Intelligence Council) Last week we featured how little attention was given to climate change by...
Covering the Climate Crisis

Covering the Climate Crisis

If the public discourse about climate change is influenced by broadcast TV networks, how did the networks cover the climate crisis in 2020? (Graphic: Melissa Joskow / Media Matters) As conservationists, we tend to think about the climate crisis fairly often. After...