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Newspaper articles and opinion pieces

Columns and feature articles written for the Sunday Environment section of the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus in Vermont.

For each year, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, there is a pdf collection of my newspaper columns.

Environmental Journalism Revisited outlines the history, philosophy and vision of the Sunday Environment page; and gives an overview of the published content during the first four years.

This letter from the 1927 flood in Vermont was published in the Herald in memory of the Irene flood.

2014-03-23Gov’t secrecy impedes understanding of climate change
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-01-26The courage to challenge the status quo
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-12-15Climate Change is a moral issue
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-10-27Collaboration can solve our Environmental Challenges
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-09-08Communities can build a more resilient society
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-07-21Extreme weather, climate change and the future of our planet
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-06-02Spring resilience and fossil carbon taxes
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-04-14Climate change brings many surprises
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-02-24Accelerating climate change brings more extreme weather
Rutland Herald
2013-01-20Reflections on our environment, five years later
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-01-06The price we pay for ignoring climate change
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-11-25Water plays key role in weather and our lives
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-11-11Extreme weather and climate change
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-10-07The leaders we have been waiting for
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-08-19Finding our way to a sustainable future
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-07-22Down to earth: Vt. scientist gauges climate from his garden - Kevin O'Connor
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-07-08Vermonters debate wind energy: Public input is part of the process
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-07-01A lost generation: No progress on reducing climate change
Rutland Herald/Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-06-30What’s In Store For Vermont - Washington Electric Coop Annual Meeting 2012
WEC Coop Currents - June 2012 Newsletter
2012-05-20Climate change requires us to become an energy-efficient society
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-04-08A glimpse into the future of our Vermont climate
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-02-26Vermont winters are changing rapidly
Rutland Herald/Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2012-01-15A year of weather disasters and climate inaction
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-12-04A miraculous protocol saved the ozone layer
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-10-23Understanding and dealing with a changing world
Rutland Herald
2011-09-11Vulnerability and resilience after tropical storm Irene
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-09-04The second flood of 2011
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-07-31Our children’s future is a changing natural world
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-06-19Floods and more floods get our attention
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-05-08Real power lies in resilience, not risk
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-04-03Let’s be honest about our global interdependence
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2011-02-13Winter reflections on more signs of climate change
Rutland Herald
2011-01-02New Year’s reflections on our responsibility for the Earth
Rutland Herald
2010-11-21What to do with all this rain!
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2010-11-07Climate change affects fall and winter transitions in Vermont
Rutland Herald
2010-10-10Today is a day of climate action around the world
Rutland Herald
2010-08-29Earth’s Response to human stresses on the natural landscape
Rutland Herald
2010-07-18Human actions have local and global impacts
Rutland Herald
2010-07-04Lilacs grow green earlier ... and winter shrinks
Rutland Herald
2010-06-06Oil disasters and the transition to sustainability
Rutland Herald
2010-04-25Spring climate transition and new beginnings
Rutland Herald
2010-03-07Winter waste management
Rutland Herald
2010-02-11Real science, real world
Rutland Herald
2010-01-31Earth science and society
Rutland Herald
2010-01-24Decision time for Vt. Yankee
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2009-12-06The Copenhagen Challenge
Rutland Herald
2009-10-25Climate limits are closing in
Rutland Herald
2009-10-04Retrofitting your house for energy efficiency
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2009-09-13The Transition into Fall
Rutland Herald
2009-08-02The choices we face
Rutland Herald
2009-06-21Protecting our forests
Rutland Herald
2009-05-10Balancing technology, economics and values
Rutland Herald
2009-04-05Envisioning a sustainable energy future
Rutland Herald
2009-03-01Snow’s Global Impact
Rutland Herald
2009-01-18Winter reflections, one year on
Rutland Herald
2008-12-14Our planet in common
Rutland Herald
2008-11-17Sustainable Systems
Rutland Herald
2008-10-05Care for our forests
Rutland Herald
2008-08-31Weather center offers own model
Rutland Herald
2008-08-03Facing the truth about our policies
Rutland Herald
2008-07-06Water can’t be separated from life
Rutland Herald
2008-06-08See the sun in the moon
Rutland Herald
2008-05-11The Spring Transition
Rutland Herald
2008-04-13Spring green marks the return of life
Rutland Herald
2008-03-23A challenge we all face
Rutland Herald
2008-03-02The integrity of science
Rutland Herald
2008-02-10A look back, a look ahead
Rutland Herald
2008-01-20Welcome to the planet
Rutland Herald
2007-09-09How can we maintain our technological society?
Rutland Herald
2007-06-24Growing Pains: How global warming helps and hurts Vt. agriculture
Rutland Herald
2007-04-01Earth in the Balance.
Sojourners
2007-03-11Report is a landmark for humanity
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2007-03-08Why Climate Change Report matters
Burlington Free Press
2007-02-04The real science of climate change
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus

Yearly Collections of my VT newspaper columns

These collections of articles blend science with a systems perspective as they go through the seasons, dealing with weather, climate, energy and policy issues. They encourage the reader to explore alternative and hopeful paths for themselves, their families and society. I have written them so that a scientist will perceive them as accurate (although simplified); while the public can relate their tangible experience of the weather to the much broader issues of climate and climate change.