Archive for August, 2007

Monday Bristlecone Blogging

Monday, August 27th, 2007

A few months ago, on a tip from Abel Pharmboy of Terra Sigillata, I paid a visit to some of this planet’s senior residents — the bristlecone pines of Windy Ridge, near Alma, Colorado. These magnificent trees stand at the very edge of treeline, in a landscape barren of anything much larger than a tuft […]

Ruckelshaus, Sweeney and DDT

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

On June 2nd, 1972, William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, issued an order effectively ending the agricultural use of DDT in the US. Thirty-five years later, that order is still the subject of fierce controversy. One claim often made by proponents of renewed DDT use is that Ruckelshaus’ decision was capricious and […]