Category Archives: environment

A cultural atlas of the Beat Generation

One of the most fascinating aspects of 20th Century United States cultural history was the development of the Beat Generation shortly after World War II.  While prominent for less than 20 years, the literary, musical, poetic, cultural, and philosophical icons … Continue reading

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Dim the lights and celebrate International Dark Sky Week!

Begun in 2003, International Dark Sky Week celebrates the awesome glory of the night sky while also informing the public of threats from sky glow, glare, and other forms of light pollution. In 2015, International Dark Sky Week takes place from April … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to the hipsterhoods of Dixie

As a continuation of this series on hipster neighborhoods in cities (see previous posts on the Rust Belt, Texas and the Great Plains, and Mountain West), below are those hipsterhoods which were identified in cities of the Southern states, including Alabama, … Continue reading

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It’s a beach, not a litter box for plastic!

This disgusting and disgraceful view is what we were greeted with upon arriving at the beach of San Jose Island on the Texas Gulf Coast 10 days ago.  The largely uninhabited island sits on the north side of the mouth … Continue reading

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ULI’s 21 great ways to build healthy places!

  The Urban Land Institute recently released its Building Healthy Places Toolkit. The document “outlines 21 practical and evidence-based recommendations that the development community can use to promote health at the building or project scale.” The recommendations are broken into … Continue reading

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How low can ya’ go? Lowest cities on Earth

We often hear about the highest elevations cities in the world, but far less often of the lowest. Below is a list of 25 of the lowest cities, all below sea level. If any additions are known, please feel free … Continue reading

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Jaw-dropping images of today’s volcanic eruption from Chile

Here are two amazing images of today’s eruption of the Villarica Volcano in southern Chile. The immense power of Mother Earth is clearly on display.

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