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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.

2017-06-10Needed: Clarity and Courage
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
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
2016-10-21Libertarian 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
2016-08-07Please tell me the weather
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2016-06-19Earth ignores politics
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2016-04-15Welcome This Early Spring
Green Energy Times
2016-02-15Climate Reflections on 2015
Green Energy Times
2016-01-20Energy credits are a diversion
Rutland Herald
2016-01-10Reflections on a hot year
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2015-12-15The Challenge of Stabilizing CO2
Green Energy Times
2015-11-22Warming world challenges ideology
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
2015-05-03Late spring after extreme winter
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2015-03-15Working with the Earth
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-11-30US-China pact is a step forward
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-05-11Celebrate Mother Earth today
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2014-03-23Gov’t secrecy impedes understanding of climate change
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
2013-01-06The 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
2012-07-01A 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
2012-01-15A 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
2011-07-31Our 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
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
2010-03-07Winter waste management
Rutland Herald
2010-01-31Earth science and society
Rutland Herald
2010-01-24Decision time for Vt. Yankee
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2009-09-13The Transition into Fall
Rutland Herald
2009-08-02The choices we face
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
2008-08-31Weather 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
2007-04-01Earth 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.