Experiencing the Okefenokee Swamp

By: John A. Lanier

My son and I had an amazing time camping in the Okefenokee Swamp. It was a deep and pure experience of nature, made all the richer because we were outside of our comfort zone. If you haven’t spent a weekend in a state park before, please consider giving it a try!

The best cup of coffee you will ever have in your entire life is the morning after sleeping through a rainstorm in a tent with your five-year-old while camping in a swamp. I know how that sentence sounds. You’re thinking that I had a terrible experience, and that I’m about to complain about the rain or being in a swamp or camping or my five-year-old. You would think wrong. I loved every bit of it, and dealing with the elements actually enhanced the experience. The fact that coffee becomes its platonic ideal after all of that was just the cherry on top.

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A Quarter Century of Impact: How Biomimicry Has Reframed Humanity’s Relationship With Nature

By: John A. Lanier

Janine Benyus’s most influential book turns 25 years old this week. I share some reflections on its importance, and I encourage you to join in celebrating it!

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Financed Emissions: A New Standard for Calling Balls and Strikes

For a long time, we have had a uniform system of accounting rules to make sure banks, and businesses in general, are honest and transparent in reporting their financial performance. What about the performance of the financial sector when it comes to climate change though? Now, a new standard exists to give us the same honest and transparent reporting when it comes to financed emissions.

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Global Warming vs. Climate Change: Their History and Their Differences

While similar and often used interchangeably, “global warming” and “climate change” do have distinct meanings. Understanding the differences starts with climate science and its interesting history. Filled with scientists from centuries ago who first documented the potential for the climate changes we are experiencing today, we can see the origins of the phrases global warming and climate change.

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Climate on an Earth the Size of a Football Field

By: John A. Lanier

This week's Ecocentricity is a repost of something I wrote for the Drawdown Georgia blog several weeks back. Since it has relevance beyond Georgia, I wanted to post it here as well. As you'll see, when you imagine the earth at a smaller scale, it's remarkable just how sensitive our climate is to relatively minor changes in our atmosphere.

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From Easter to Earth Day: Reflections on the Lessons of this Time of Year

By: John A. Lanier

For Christians, Easter is about much more than just observing one day of the year. That is the same lesson for Earth Day, and this year, I hope people commit to more than just one day of action.

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Guest Blog: What About Those EV Batteries?

By: Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton

We've gone from no one paying attention to the electric vehicle battery supply chain to everyone freaking out about it.

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Beer that Recycles Its Carbon Dioxide

By: John A. Lanier

A company called Earthly Labs has developed a technology that allows breweries to capture the carbon dioxide created when they brew their beer. The breweries can then reuse that carbon dioxide, reducing their reliance on purchases of the gas and making for beer that tastes even better.

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The War in Ukraine: An Environmental Perspective

By: John A. Lanier

A detailed look at Russia’s economy makes it clear how dependent it is on exports of fossil fuels. Its status as an energy supplier for Europe is one of several undercurrents of the conflict in Ukraine, and it may spur European countries to accelerate their shift toward a cleaner economy.

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Climate Town

By: John A. Lanier

Climate Town is a YouTube channel produced by the comedian and climate expert Rollie Williams. He creates some of the best, and certainly the funniest, climate videos I’ve ever seen.

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