"A memorable canoe trip to Umbagog Lake in NH"

Canoeing in wide open water with a stiff breeze to contend with is usually something my wife and I try to avoid.  Sure we’ve paddled before, but mostly on the ponds and bogs of northern New England where there simply isn’t enough water to generate big waves, or on larger lakes in the early morning before the waves pick up.  So this was something of a first - canoeing to our remote campsite in the mid-afternoon on the expanse of Umbagog Lake on the Maine-New Hampshire border - and we were a bit worried when we felt the breeze picking up, especially with a canoe full of camping gear.

"Climate changing"

Tired of the forced evacuations, widespread flooding, and power outages that have come with our recent spate of severe weather events? Well here’s a little-known study which should be of interest to all citizens of Massachusetts, not just the weather-weary, not because it offers a proverbial ray of sunshine in an otherwise dreary forecast (it doesn’t), but rather because it points to the urgency of acting promptly to curb global warming pollution.

Released back in February 2005, CLIMB (Climate’s Long-term Impacts on Metro Boston) was the first study commissioned by the EPA to take a look at the specific impacts of climate change on a large metropolitan area.

"Al Gore's 'Truth' is a global warning"

An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s new documentary detailing his slide presentation on global warming, opens across Cape Cod this weekend.  I saw this presentation in person in 2004 and was profoundly disturbed at the future he depicts: sea levels rising dozens of feet; more frequent killer ocean storms like Katrina; wildly varying weather patterns; “a nature hike through the Book of Revelations” as Mr. Gore describes it.  If, that is, we fail to immediately reduce the pollution that is causing this climate crisis.

"The war over warming"

One would think that environmentally conscious Massachusetts would be leading the fight against global warming ("Turning up the heat," April 10), since Gov. Mitt Romney, Attorney General Tom Reilly, and Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry all support strong actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And yet none of these leaders support the proposal for 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. It seems the Bush administration has some company in passing the buck on this issue.

"Bagging each state's high point"

Standing atop Jerimoth Hill this past May I felt a wave of exhilaration - I had just conquered the highest point in Rhode Island, a full 812 feet above sea level.  Never mind that the “hike” from RI’s Route 101 hardly lasted two minutes and encompassed a whopping elevation gain of two feet – this was the third notch on my quest to summit all six New England states’ high points, my preparation for the upcoming Highpointers Convention over the Labor Day Weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

"Greening the Conventions"

The monthly meeting started precisely at 9:45 am.  The agenda included five minutes on the press conference with the mayor; five minutes for waste management; 10 minutes on outreach.  Was this a meeting for a government agency?  For a community advocacy group?  For a convention planning committee?  Perhaps a company board meeting?

Actually, all of the above.  It was a general meeting for CERC, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions, a non-partisan collaboration of 60 organizations spanning the non-profit, commercial, and public sectors.

"'Day After' Omen of Real Disasters"

In the latest blockbuster du jour The Day After Tomorrow, Earth’s rapid warming triggers a global climate switch, unleashing a devastating barrage of severe weather: Manhattan freezes solid in the span of a few days; New Delhi is battered by a blizzard; and vicious tornadoes in Los Angeles tear asunder the Hollywood sign.

But amid the film’s overdone storylines, there is more than just a kernel of truth behind the premise. 

"The Island of Misfit Toys"

Conveniently disregarding the fact that most every election is deemed “incredibly important,” this election does seem pretty significant – for voters all across the political spectrum. America hasn’t been this divided since Vietnam. Liberals and conservatives alike feel that they are under attack by partisan fanatics. Contentious wars are being waged, environmental regulations overhauled, tax systems dismantled. The air is charged with fear and anger and, most of all, utterly impenetrable confusion.

In spite of the gravity of the situation, we know the race will come down to Bush and a Democrat.  We will have but two choices, A or B, winner take all.