L.A. Weekly’s Eco-Column

This is the opening line of Margaret Wertheim’s article on intelligent design from the L.A. Weekly:

“Intelligent design” makes sense only if our higher power is a devious, brutal killer

Wow! That pretty much sets the tone for the remainder of the article. For those looking for an interesting and in-depth criticism of intelligent design, this is an excellent article. You can find it in Quark Soup, a column from the L.A. Weekly that deals with lots of issues related to science, technology, and the environment. It’s definitely worth a repeat visit to read more of their articles.

Alternative Fuel Sources Discussed: An Interview with Professor John Katers


EarthToys emagazine recently published an interview with professor John Katers about alternative fuels. Katers has a doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University, a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Business Administration both from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB). In this interview, Dr. Katers discusses wood and switch grass as alternative fuel sources, in addition to his work teaching about alternative energy at UWGB.

Tips for Choosing Environmentally Sound Washing Machines

EarthToys online magazine has done it again! They recently published an excellent article with tips for choosing ecologically sound washing machines. This is a practical guide for helping the environment, and helping you save money in the process. EarthToys is an organization dedicated to providing useful information for the consumer from the alternative energy community. The articles are written by some of the major innovators in this industry and their ezine is free!

The Practical Environmentalist?s Guide to Staying Informed

We all know that staying informed of local and international goings-on is critical to being effectively involved in the environmental scene. An informed environmentalist is the best kind of environmentalist. However, did you know that there are ways that you can help the environment, simply by reading up on local and international news? How? Well, it depends on what and how you read the news. For example, if you read your news online, you’ll help reduce the amount of paper waste produced by traditional newspapers. Many excellent newspapers, such as the Christian Science Monitor, have free websites available all the time. Others, like the New York Times, simply require that you register (free) on their site to access their articles. Others require a subscription to their site. (Bah humbug!) Many local libraries have subscriptions to a variety of local and international newspapers and magazines. A visit to the library once a week will help you get you fix of news, without accumulating newspapers and magazines that inevitably will become trash before too long. Moreover, your local library archives these newspapers and magazines so you can catch up news you’ve missed due to vacations, etc. Last but not least, not all news sources are created equal. Many on-line newspapers and magazines have a special emphasis on environmental issues. Others are known for their excellence in reporting. For a complete list of the best on-line news sources for environmentalists, see Global Stewards.

Eat a Trout, Save a Trout!

Trout Aloft!

If you love to fish, you need to know about the organization Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited is dedicated to protecting Maine Atlantic salmon and brook trout, among other wild, native fish and their habitat.

TU was founded over 40 years ago in Grayling, Michigan, and since then, they have worked hard to ensure that native fish like brook trout thrive in their native habitat.

Their philosophy is “if we take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself,” and their list of accomplishments is long.

They recently achieved the protection of 140,000 acres of forest and rivers in California’s Sierra Nevada range and they also established the “Trout in the Classroom program,” which has educated children in more than 100 schools about the ecosystems that support wild fish.

Check out their Trout Magazine for some great reading about fishing and conservation.