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    Before they’re gone: A different kind of bucket list

    Before they’re gone: A different kind of bucket list

    Normally, a bucket list is litany of things you want to see or experiences you want to have before you are no longer of this earth. Or, more precisely, before you are too much of this earth.   Now the Weather Channel has given us a list of things you want to see before they...
    Love your car? Get a bike.

    Love your car? Get a bike.

    If you love your car, you need to ride a bike. I have a slightly complicated rationale for this position, so you to have to pay slightly more attention than usual for a Recreati story.  It begins with Superstorm Sandy and our human need to know the cause of horrible things.   If we have...
    Fire and rain

    Fire and rain

    Mother Nature has been kicking up her heels over the past few weeks. In the sense that she’s been leveling leg punches to the head of mankind. She’s also been working on what looks like a preview of the end of days, using two strikingly opposed mechanisms. Colorado has been on fire. The nightmare burn...
    Saturday Mash-up: May 19, 2012

    Saturday Mash-up: May 19, 2012

    Like the other photos for Saturday mash-ups, this one is picked not for its relevance but just because we like it. It’s a photo of a “black ice growler from a recently calved iceberg closing in on the shore at the old heliport in Upernavik, Greenland. Such black ice growlers originate from a glacial crevasse,...
    Saturday mash-up: April 28, 2012

    Saturday mash-up: April 28, 2012

    As noted earlier, ski areas are getting spooked about climate change. The latest manifestation: the Aspen Chamber Resort Association has voted to withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to differences with the national group’s position on climate change. “Aspen’s economy is inextricably tied to the future of the global climate,” the local chapter...
    Happy John Muir Day, Happy Earth Day

    Happy John Muir Day, Happy Earth Day

    So much to celebrate. In case you missed it, California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed yesterday as John Muir Day, and he urged Californians to visit one of the state’s “public open spaces.” A bit of a catchall, that—one that would in theory include a municipal parking garage—so he quickly clarified that he meant a “national...
    Climate change is really starting to sting

    Climate change is really starting to sting

            Despite years of truly frightening predictions about the inevitability of climate change and its disastrous effects, the world seems to have lost traction on the issue . People are still writing stories, scientists are still debating models, activists are still acting. But previously concerned citizens now seem to be uttering a...