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A Case for Electric Bikes

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in All Posts | 1 comment

A Case for Electric Bikes

In 2012, 92% of all electric bicycle sales in the world were in China – about 20 million e-bikes, with 120 million already on the road. About one million sales took place in Europe during the same year. In the United States, sales of electric bikes were about 89,000 in 2012 and about one million e-bikes are now estimated to be on the road in this country.

As the owner of two of those million e-bikes, I now dismount from my bike seat and climb upon a soapbox to make a case for the expansion of e-bike ridership in the U.S….[Read More]

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Rudder on the Left; Perspectives on Slowing Down as we Turn

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in All Posts | Comments Off on Rudder on the Left; Perspectives on Slowing Down as we Turn

Rudder on the Left; Perspectives on Slowing Down as we Turn

Canoeing has long been a favorite pastime for me. Until 2012, when I retired from my job as Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, I led public canoe trips into the tidal marshes near Washington, D.C. As part of these trips, I gave paddling lessons and tips to participants. It occurred to me one day, after a preventable spill, how negotiating a stream on a canoe has its lessons for everyday life . . . [Read More]

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Sustainability and Habitability on a Living Planet

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in All Posts | Comments Off on Sustainability and Habitability on a Living Planet

Sustainability and Habitability on a Living Planet

Like many other newspapers, the pages of the Boulder Camera have recently been populated with articles about sustainability. These have delved into water, energy, and biodiversity and discussed technology, efficiency, and “externalities.” No matter the topic or lingo, however, these exposes are, ultimately, explorations into the relationships between people and planet. What are energy and material flows on Earth and how do human beings co-opt, affect and influence them? How do these processes determine the habitability of our planet for some or all of us? [Read More]

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