Awesome research…and practice! From the article:
Just as birders can identify birds by their melodious calls, David George Haskell can distinguish trees by their sounds. The task is especially easy when it rains, as it so often does in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Depending on the shapes and sizes of their leaves, the different plants react to falling drops by producing “a splatter of metallic sparks” or “a low, clean, woody thump” or “a speed-typist’s clatter.” Every species has its own song. Train your ears (and abandon the distracting echoes of a plastic rain jacket) and you can carry out a botanical census through sound alone.
Source: Trees Have Their Own Songs – The Atlantic
New activity in the holler has kind of left me breathless this week — and with a lot of images in my photo files!
Source: What’s up in the holler: rue anemone, trout lily, white trillium, buckeye, maple leaf viburnam – HollerPhenology
This one, and the author’s previous essay, are worth reading, imo. From the article: Last month, I wrote an essay about the media’s overuse of Appalachia – and particularly West Virginia – as a mythic Trump Country during the election cycle. I used the word ‘mythic’ not to deny the existence of Appalachian Trump supporters, but to instead underscore that writers and photographers from prestige outlets relied on mythic qualities of Appalachia and its working class to give their pieces traction and to shore up an emerging narrative about economic anxiety and the white working class. This strategy, I concluded, was historically consistent with the broad “othering” of Appalachia as a place that represents the failures of American progress and helped explain why writers preferred to profile Appalachian Trump supporters as opposed to Trump supporters in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, or other geographies that might complicate that narrative.
Source: The votes are in – an update to “Appalachia as Trump Country”
He said that his order puts “an end to the war on coal.” In reality, it’s a war on basic knowledge of the harm that coal can do.
Source: Trump v. the Earth – The New Yorker
I could hear the trains from my bedroom. All hours of the day or night. The sound was such a part of the backdrop of my childhood, I feel a little disoriented now if I find myself too far from […]
Source: Coal is Not Coming Back: And Nostalgia May Kill Us
Increasing the nuclear arsenal will only add to the monumental legacy of toxic and radioactive waste across the US.
Source: “It’s a Cover-Up, Not a Clean-Up”: Nuclear Waste Smolders in Sites Across the US
President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to dismantle a slew of climate rules established by President Obama. If carried out, the executive order will virtually guarantee that the United States will fail to meet its 2015 Paris Agreement pledge to reduce emissions in order to curb the effects of climate change. The executive order marks the first step to undo Obama’s Clean Power Plan to limit emissions and replace coal-fired power plants with new solar and wind farms. For more, we speak with Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.
Source: Trump Dismantles U.S. Climate Rules, Virtually Ensuring U.S. Will Break Paris Accord Promises | Democracy Now!