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The unEnlightenment. Echo chambers. Manipulating voters. Mt. Pleasant’s mistake. The value of corner stores. Chicken threats. Magnificent dolphins!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Folks, A couple of weeks ago I included an article by David Brooks on the perils of abandoning the principles and processes of the Enlightenment – skeptical inquiry based on reason and empirical evidence.  But I also included a piece from an English sheep farmer that seemed to provide a counterpoint to the cold rationality of, say, Francis Bacon.  I thought the (sometimes) countervailing forces of reason and sentiment would help us navigate the environmental…

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Measure what you value. Uphold high (mileage) standards. Beaufort takes on plastic. Pro-science congresspeople. Cool oceans protect reefs. Be kind to spiders. Gas tax redux. Plastic seawalls. My mistake.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Folks, If you don’t know who Simon Kuznets was, you were probably an English major or a psychology major.  You were almost certainly not an econ major. Professor Kuznets invented National Income Accounting, which brought us the world’s most widely used measure of economic well-being, Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  National Income Accounting systematized the evaluation of economic activity in America.  Its misuse is also one of the reasons we are in so much trouble today. This editorial…

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Rollin’ On

Friday, March 17, 2017

In a recent interview with Quintin Washington, Air, Water and Public Health Program Director Katie Zimmerman reflects on her new role as Executive Director of Charleston Moves and the future of alternative transportation in Charleston. Katie will leave us shortly to begin work at the local nonprofit, which aims to improve accessibility and protections for cyclists and pedestrians. We will miss her, but look forward to working alongside Katie to make Charleston a safer, better place…

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Soaring with eagles. Republicans don’t hate the environment. Aldo Leopold vs. Don Young vs. wolves. Victory for the ocean. It ain’t over! I-526 redux, again.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Folks, We had a wonderful trip to Bull’s Island this Saturday, including a prolonged encounter with a bald eagle. The recovery of bald eagles in America, from fewer than 450 breeding pairs in the 1960s to tens of thousands today is one of the great conservation success stories. (US Fish and Wildlife stopped counting eagles in 2007 when the bird was removed from the endangered species list.)  Like hundreds of other animals and plants, rivers and…

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Leadership and technology. A circular plastic economy. Sheep farmers or the Enlightenment. Acidic oceans. Sun shingles. Moving on! The news of my retirement has been…

Monday, March 6, 2017

Folks, To paraphrase the perspicacious Donald Rumsfeld, this week’s news touches on “known knowns,” “known unknowns,” and “unknown unknowns.” Starting with the “known knowns,” Hugh Lane, Jr., chairman of the Bank of South Carolina and one of S.C.’s great conservation leaders, defends the South Carolina Conservation Bank in this Post and Courier op-ed. http://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/south-carolinians-benefit-from-value-of-conservation-bank/article_ea425300-ffa1-11e6-803b-df16bc1a5706.html The Bank was recently the subject of a South Carolina Legislative Audit Council report that managed to completely overlook the stunning success…

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Great Interview with Quintin Washington

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Folks – I wanted to follow up with you on Monday’s email from our Board Chair Margot Rose about the transition at the Conservation League and my new role there.  The irrepressible Quintin Washington interviewed me yesterday about those changes. Quintin covers, much better than I could have done by myself, some of our higher profile projects over the past 27 years and how we expect to continue that work in the…

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Admirable migration. Fox squirrels redux. Bridging the greenbelt gap. Evasive county council. Too many bans. Elusive climate reality.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Nothing wholly admirable ever happens in this country except the migration of birds.” Brooks Atkinson Folks, Brooks Atkinson would agree that there has been a lot admirable happening this week. We are in that magical season when winter residents are still here, (this includes northerners, but today I’m writing about birds), but spring migrants have begun arriving from the tropics. Bear Island in the ACE basin was alive with ducks, swans, white pelicans and avocets, but also with…

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It was another hot one. Different (climate) story, same outcome. Charleston cruise ships hit the upper limit. Show me the money (or at least the source). Bay Point languishes. My mistake.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Folks, Last week I wrote that January 2017 set a temperature record in Charleston.  According to the New York Times and the Washington Post (with very impressive graphics), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week that the earth also set a temperature record.  2016 was officially the hottest year ever recorded.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/science/earth-highest-temperature-record.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/01/18/the-earth-heats-up-to-a-record-breaking-2016-in-these-12-convincing-maps-and-charts/  Meanwhile, President Trump’s cabinet nominees are being interrogated by…

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GrowFood 2017 Crop Calendar

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Every year we join the farmers in crop production planning where we discuss all things fruits and vegetables.  Working together, we discuss what to plant, when best to plant, and how much to plant.  This process helps us further our mission to create a consistent and diverse supply of local produce for the buyers, and hence, the community.  Check out this awesome…

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Bay Point development is a lose-lose-lose proposition. The nation’s newest national monument, in SC! Too much of a good (Sullivan’s Island) thing. Cruise ships in Mt. Pleasant? Long live the Conservation Bank!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Folks, This week’s news featured some of the Lowcountry’s most noteworthy places – some threatened with disappearing, others disparaged as oversized, some on the brink of revival, others endowed with national significance. But first, you probably noticed that most of this month has not felt like January. In fact, Charleston set a temperature record on Friday the 13th, (ominously), of 80 degrees. While this may have been exciting if you were headed for the beach, people…

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