SAWS: THE SEQUEL

OR,  GRAVITY ISN’T JUST A GOOD IDEA — IT’S THE LAW As Doug wrote in his recent post, Two Tree Herders Upgrade their Saws, we have a lot of trees to trim.  Our architect, Della Hansmann, works with Roald Gundersen of Whole Trees Architecture, who builds homes from whole trees, […]

ONE TINY PIECE IN A PATCHWORK PRAIRIE

Geography is destiny, and I got both my geography and my destiny defined a little more clearly yesterday at the University of Wisconsin-Arboretum’s Winter Enrichment Lecture Series.  Naturalist extraordinaire Rich Henderson shared his insights about the past, present and future ecology of prairies in Wisconsin.  He was speaking from 34 […]

THE SOUL OF A CARROT: PART TWO

Ever wonder how Bugs Bunny always cleaned Elmer Fudd’s clock? Which one was eating carrots? Those brilliant orange, satisfyingly crunchy roots power packed with carotene are actually a newcomer in the 12,000-year-old world of agriculture.  Carrots are a domesticated form of Queen Anne’s lace, and have been traced back to […]

PUSH SOLAR PANEL COSTS DOWN

We don’t have to rip our mountains apart to power our toasters.  A terawatt is equal to one trillion watts, and the sun hits earth with 20 TW.  Our biggest power plants produce puny gigawatts of power a small fraction of  the terawatts that the sun is bathing the earth […]