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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

A Pragmatic Approach to A Trillion Trees

As this quarantine continues, many of us are taking more pleasure in time spent outdoors. Trees in particular seem to uplift and inspire us. Yet they are also workhorses...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 5, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, 3 hours ago | 4 comments | 3888 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Can you stay healthy without making more trash?

A commenter mentioned a few weeks ago that reusable cups, bags,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 29, 2020
Last comment by DC, on Apr 4, 2020 at 4:06 pm | 7 comments | 3585 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Will the Coronavirus Save Lives?

I saw an eye-opening statistic the other day. Coronavirus to date has killed almost 15,000 people worldwide (as of March 22). It may be 2x or 3x that by the time...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 22, 2020
Last comment by Jetman, on Mar 28, 2020 at 12:59 pm | 29 comments | 4520 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Are you that duck?

I was walking my dog earlier this week, enjoying the rare everyday activity that wasn’t cancelled(!) She likes to visit a big oak tree where a woman puts out...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 15, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 18, 2020 at 12:28 pm | 10 comments | 2692 Views

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Coronavirus and Climate Change

“Coronavirus and Climate Change”. How’s that for a depressing headline? In some ways I see the former as a mini version of the latter. Both are serious problems...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 7, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 14, 2020 at 10:32 am | 25 comments | 7453 Views

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Doug Forcett's lesson? It's hard to be good these days

Most of us don’t wake up and think: “I’ll go to work today and overheat the planet!” or “Let’s enjoy some snacks while de-homing...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 1, 2020
Last comment by MD Mom, on Mar 8, 2020 at 1:15 am | 3 comments | 2895 Views

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Flying: How to lower your impact

I expect a lot of you felt like this after reading the previous blog post...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 23, 2020
Last comment by Sociology Is Not A Science, on Feb 27, 2020 at 2:41 pm | 19 comments | 5222 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Flying: How much is enough? It's personal.

I expect many of you don’t want to read more about how flying hurts our climate. Our list of “things that are bad” is already long enough. And...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 16, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 26, 2020 at 4:46 pm | 18 comments | 4255 Views

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Flying: A letter from a reader

I am beginning a series of blog posts on flying starting this Sunday. To tee it up, I thought I’d share a portion of an email I got from a reader about a year...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 14, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 17, 2020 at 4:12 pm | 8 comments | 2516 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Clouds of Uncertainty

Clouds have a cooling effect on the planet. “Yes, and the sky is blue”, you may be thinking. “Isn’t that obvious, and why should we care?”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 9, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm | 13 comments | 4351 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Hey Palo Altans, how is that plastics ban going?

As of January 1, plastic straws, utensils, and stirrers are no longer allowed in Palo...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 2, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | 25 comments | 8833 Views

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Can you Pay to Reduce your Carbon Footprint?

Google’s data centers are carbon-neutral. My household is carbon-neutral. Palo Alto Utility’s natural gas service is carbon neutral. How can this be?...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 26, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm | 25 comments | 6436 Views

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Local Pols Debate Climate

We have discussions in this blog about the relative merits of individual action vs political action, so I thought it would be useful to spend some time on the policy...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 19, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 24, 2020 at 7:07 am | 11 comments | 5329 Views

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What Local Teens are Saying

I talked with a number of local teens this past week to learn what they think about climate change and our response to it. A summary of what I heard follows, along...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 12, 2020
Last comment by Anneke, on Jan 15, 2020 at 1:28 pm | 19 comments | 4765 Views

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Climate Diplomacy

It can be difficult to talk about climate change with friends, family, or co-workers, all of whom may have different perspectives. So imagine doing that at the country...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 5, 2020
Last comment by leadership, on Jan 13, 2020 at 9:31 am | 21 comments | 4638 Views

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A Climate-Friendly 2020

‘Tis the season to make New Year’s resolutions, though any time is a good time to be a little climate-friendlier. If you are interested in making some changes,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 29, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jan 9, 2020 at 12:57 pm | 32 comments | 5309 Views

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An Interlude of Gratitude

It’s a busy time of year so this post will be short and sweet. Since it also happens to be the 50th post, a mini milestone, I thought I’d take the opportunity...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 22, 2019
There are no comments yet. 3518 Views

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A chimney plug unboxing

The biggest emission sources for people in our area, besides those from general consumption, are: transportation (car and plane), food (diet and waste), and heating...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 15, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Dec 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm | 15 comments | 4824 Views

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What gives you hope?

Early this week I was feeling a little hopeless. I like to play a game when we are driving in other parts of the state (1), counting the number of EVs to see how...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Dec. 8, 2019
Last comment by Tartuffe, on Dec 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm | 23 comments | 6120 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Palo Altans and their Virtue Signaling

Self-righteous. Pretentious. Sanctimonious. The list of choice adjectives applied to people who take “eco-friendly” actions goes on. Why is it that we...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Nov. 17, 2019
Last comment by ForestsRForNever, on Dec 12, 2019 at 9:55 pm | 26 comments | 6804 Views
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DEADLINE EXTENDED

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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