“Winning power was the goal of Judas, not Jesus,” an evangelical leader reminded more than fifty prominent evangelicals gathered recently at Wheaton College in Chicago. Read More
A “toxic evangelicalism” has spread a fake news Gospel that betrays the good news of Jesus Christ, a leading evangelical told a Chicago gathering of more than fifty other leaders who agree that the word “evangelical” has become widely associated with radical right-wing politics and needs to be reclaimed. Read More
Just as meteorologists use radar to predict your weather, scientists are using radar to make daily forecasts and real-time illustrations of the spring bird migration. And you can check their forecast whenever you wish. Read More
Roughly one in eight bird species around the world face potential extinction because of agricultural practices, logging, invasive species, hunting, climate change and habitat loss.
That’s 1,469 of the world’s 10,996 bird species, according to BirdLife International. Overall, 40 percent of the world’s bird species are in decline, according to the group’s new report, The State of the World’s Birds. And that is a clear sign of poor health in one ecosystem after another around the world, as humans continue to put the biosphere into a tailspin. Read More
At the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, shortly before my 13th birthday, there was a widespread sense that Americans finally were beginning to value the earth, to understand its essential role in sustaining life, and to demand actions to keep those support systems healthy. It was an era when there was enough bipartisan agreement to pass major, much-needed legislation to clean our air and water, to clean up toxic waste, to protect endangered species and preserve large wild areas that are important both for their beauty and their biodiversity.
What the hell has happened? Read More
While big April snowstorms are not common in Wisconsin, they do happen now and then. But the two feet dumped on Green Bay this past weekend not only set a state record for April, it also ranks second on the list of all-time recorded snowfalls, second only to a 29-inch snowfall in March 1888.
And the birds migrating north flew right into it. Read More
Allergies are worsening and allergy seasons lengthening as the planet warms due to our use of fossil fuels. CBS news reports:
from climate change and more in the air are causing many pollen-producing plants to bloom earlier – and last longer – thus prolonging allergy season.
Dr. Joseph Shapiro, an allergist and immunologist in Los Angeles, says his office is now flooded with patients year round.
“New patient visits are coming in at different times of year that I did not use to see,” he said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. While allergies are more common in, they can occur for the first time at any age.
With allergy seasons growing longer and more intense, experts say many people arewell into their adulthood.
This new video is the best I have seen that explains why scientists are linking the weird weather we have been experiencing in winter and spring to the melting of the Arctic that is a result of our use of fossil fuels. We need to read the signs of the times while we can still take effective action. Read More
Racism is a great flash point in American culture, carrying centuries of weight and denial. I am so tired of the denial, and yet as a white person I am privileged to merely experience anger and sadness over our state of affairs. For my friends of color, the reality is a constant source of stress, danger, and injustice. And an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times gives a hint of the level of frustration and exhaustion no doubt felt by many people of color.
“Should I give up on white people?” That’s the title and main question raised by George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University and an African American. It’s about the despicable, hate-filled comments and threats he received for another New York Times op-ed piece in 2015, called “Dear White America.” He had started that earlier article with these words: Read More