Back Off! But Get Closer

Thousands of miles from friends and (most) relatives, as well as my clients and colleagues, I’ve been less isolated than I can ever remember. Assuming a device and connection, there are so many ways to work and play, it’s hard to keep track. Here’s a day-in-the-life this week as my town, Ho Chi Minh city, locked down tight.

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So That’s Where it Was!

A cross-country trip via Greyhound occasioned a stop in the blasted moonscape of Sudbury, Ontario. It was a weird place in 1975, with a giant Canadian nickel presiding over a town with no trees, no animals or birds, just rock stained black by metals.

What led to the destruction of greater Sudbury’s environment, and the 40-years of painstaking, award-winning repairs, bears examination.

The Effect of the Photoelectric Effect

By Dan Kempner, Managing Editor, Valutus Sustainability R.O.I. Last week I met a microbiologist, a former Vietnam War medic who has travelled the world meeting with other scientists, doing research, and working tirelessly to understand and manage infectious diseases. His dissertation focused on Alexandre Yersin, who developed an anti-plague vaccine at the Pasteur Institute in…

Of Tigers…

…and Pangolins An article this week in The Los Angeles Times details the culling of the Pangolin, an armored anteater rather like a tropical aardvark. The thousand-or-so scales that protect the animal from its natural predators – big cats: lions, tigers, and leopards — are no match for poachers. “…Because their meat is considered a…

The Scythe

By Dan Kempner, Managing Editor, Valutus Sustainability R.O.I. One pleasant afternoon there was a knock on our door. Several little neighborhood children looked up at me hopefully and asked, “can we play in your grass?” Just then the cat pushed past me and dove off the front porch, disappearing in the tall stalks with only…