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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, 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.

2016-12-31Toward Solidarity, Community
Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2016-01-10Reflections on a hot year
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2015-01-25The transformation ahead
Rutland Herald & Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
2013-09-08Communities can build a more resilient society
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
2012-04-08A 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
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
2008-11-17Sustainable Systems
Rutland Herald
2007-06-24Growing Pains: How global warming helps and hurts Vt. agriculture
Rutland Herald

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.