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Newspaper articles and opinion pieces

Columns and feature articles written for the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus in Vermont (and recently the Green Energy Times, which are often edited versions of Herald articles).

For each year, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, there is an indexed 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.

2017-07-29Be Grateful For Global Society
Rutland Herald
2017-06-10Needed: Clarity and Courage
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2017-04-22Getting there more efficiently
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2017-04-21Tacking transport this spring
Green Energy Times
2017-02-18Gulf between Science and Politics
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2016-12-31Toward Solidarity, Community
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2016-12-15One world is ending, start working on the next
Green Energy Times
2016-11-12Externalizing the Costs
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
2016-10-21Libertarian Ideology Alleges that Climate Change Is a Hoax
Green Energy Times
2016-09-25Science versus libertarian billionaires - Getting right with the planet
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
2016-08-18Please tell me the weather next month!
Green Energy Times
2016-06-19Earth ignores politics
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2016-06-18Transforming Energy Use in New England
Green Energy Times
2016-05-08Embrace Change this Spring
Rutland Herald
2016-04-15Welcome This Early Spring
Green Energy Times
2016-03-06Transforming transport in Vermont
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2015-10-04Warm Fall Brings Hope
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2015-08-29Science and Spirit
Rutland Herald editorial, adapted from Time-Argus, Aug. 27
2015-08-27Pointing to Hope
Editorial by Steven Pappas, The Times Argus
2015-08-16Caring for our common home
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2015-01-25The transformation ahead
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-10-05Marching toward our climate future
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-08-17A radical alternative to a carbon tax
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-05-11Celebrate Mother Earth today
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
2013-06-02Spring resilience and fossil carbon taxes
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-01-20Reflections on our environment, five years later
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
2012-05-20Climate change requires us to become an energy-efficient society
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
2011-04-03Let’s be honest about our global interdependence
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
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
2010-10-10Today 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
2010-06-06Oil disasters and the transition to sustainability
Rutland Herald
2010-04-25Spring climate transition and new beginnings
Rutland Herald
2009-12-06The Copenhagen Challenge
Rutland Herald
2009-10-04Retrofitting your house for energy efficiency
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2009-05-10Balancing technology, economics and values
Rutland Herald
2009-04-05Envisioning a sustainable energy future
Rutland Herald
2009-01-18Winter reflections, one year on
Rutland Herald
2008-11-17Sustainable Systems
Rutland Herald
2008-10-05Care for our forests
Rutland Herald
2008-08-03Facing the truth about our policies
Rutland Herald
2008-03-23A challenge we all face
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

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.