Environmental Politics and Law

I was perusing the web and found a link to a free course through Yale University. It looks awesome and I thought I would share it. It includes the syllabus and 24 lectures. Check it out. I am still at the beginning but will try to comment as I watch. How awesome that these kinds of things are available to everyone!


There are oodles of courses available through Yale.


Fish McParaben

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

NPR shared a story of a study (that originated in the magazine Nature) about plastics in the ocean that end up in your seafood.

Food for thought.

Apparently, the plastics floating around the ocean absorb lots of contaminants and pollutants. They suck it up like a kid on a pixie stick. Plastics love all the other nasty things in the ocean. Then the fish eat the plastic up. Yuck. Fish o’ paraben. Ah, plastic- a gift that just keeps on giving.

These fish don’t end up just containing plastic, they end up full of PCBs and other unsavory chemicals. Then we eat them. Hmmmm.

Check out the article:


Real Sledding!


The snow dropped like a bomb.

There you go- snow.

I hope everyone had a chance to get out in it and leave the work behind. I know I did.

When the world stops like this, it helps me to remember the important things. Family, nature, home and food! My important things, anyway.

I was sledding, while others were stuck in airports or away from home . Some lost power. Some didn’t have much to lose. To those folks, I’m sorry. I wish I could send a snowy day to you in our cozy home. It is one of the true pleasures for which one really doesn’t need to feel guilty.

Much love to all and a warm hearth.

Careful with Exfoliants- a clean face is a messy business!


The New York Times recently reported on the New York proposed ban on microbeads used in exfoliants. You might know the little mercurial buggers found in face washes. They feel like tiny little tapiocas. Unfortunately, they’re little beads of plastic that are showing up en masse in the Great Lake region, especially on the New York shores of Lake Erie. The beads slip through water-treatment plants and flood right into the lakes where they become coated with other toxins and then ingested by aquatic life.

I learned more on Lexology.com:

“According to advocacy group 5 Gyre, which conducted a soon-to-be published study of water in the Great Lakes, microbeads are one of the most “egregious sources” of plastic pollution because they are designed to be washed down the drain.” (reported by Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and Debra S. DunneLaurie A. Henry and Madeleine McDonough from the Association of Corporate Counsel at http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=7f5db8d7-83b7-4e08-a0d1-75784057b1c1)

See the article in the New York Times to learn more: