California by Train

Last month, I wanted to travel around a bit and write Green Stars reviews of restaurants, cafés, stores, etc. In the end I decided to travel by Amtrak (the semi-private US rail system) after discovering that their California Rail Pass is a pretty good deal. So, I’m going to describe how the rail pass works … Continue reading California by Train

Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)

Here’s the third post looking at the evidence that neonics are harmful to bees. I'm a research scientist and have no agenda here, other than uncovering the truth. In parts one and two I’ve focused on the toxicity of the best-selling insecticide, imidacloprid, to honey bees. But nature is complex, particularly systems like a bee … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #17 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 3)

Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)

OK – here’s part two of an impartial investigation into whether neonicotinoids (neoincs) are harmful to honey bees. I have nothing to gain from a position on either side of this debate and have looked into it with an open mind. If you search the scientific literature there are many papers on the subject but … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #16 – Honey: So what exactly is happening to the bees? (Part 2)

Daily Footprint, #14 – Celebration Day: Zero-Waste Party

Happy Earth Day! As you’ve probably gathered, the Daily Footprint is about evaluating the social and environmental impact of the stuff we use every day. But what if we’re dealing with a special day that requires some kind of celebration? We’ve already had New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, among others, and probably … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #14 – Celebration Day: Zero-Waste Party