As Plants Migrate North, USDA Revisits Hardiness Zones

USDA Changes Plant Hardiness Zones

The USDA issued a new map of plant hardiness zones for 2012. Last updated in 1990, the map divides the United States, including Puerto Rico, into 13 separate zones-representing regions of minimum average winter temperatures. The map is divided into 10˚F zones.

Zone boundaries also shifted. Many… Continue reading

Island President: Mohamed Nasheed and a People’s Fight for Survival

President Nasheed of the Maldives briefs repor...

President Nasheed of the Maldives briefs reporters during the Copenhagen climate change talks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Island President

On February 7, 2012, Mohamed Nasheed, the democratically elected President of the Maldives and an outspoken climate change… Continue reading

Climate Change: Game Over or Just Beginning

As the latest climate data reports show, the period from May 2011 to April 2012 was the warmest ever recorded in the United States.

The average temperature over the 12-month stretch was nearly three degrees Fahrenheit above last century’s average. This news comes on the heals of the record-breaking heat of the warmest March on record.

And… Continue reading

Food for Thought: A Brunch with Joel Salatin

Yesterday was the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo, a big celebration in Northern New Mexico, as you can imagine.

It was also the 350.org ‘s Connect the Dots event with actions going on worldwide like this one of firefighters in the Santa Fe Forest remembering the largest wildfire in New Mexico history that was connected to climate change.

My family and I spent our day… Continue reading

Your Carbon Footprint At the End of Your Fork

Yikes! My Food Has a Footprint Too

This week, my son and I visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. As part of an exhibit, “Degrees of Change“, visitors can select items from a menu and calculate the carbon footprint of their meal.

Ian had a great time checking out the footprint… Continue reading

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