One book: I finally got around to reading Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods this week. Inspiring stories, although I found the empirical evidence less robust than I had been expecting. The widely discussed phenomenon of “nature-deficit disorder” that he describes is really just a hypothesis at this point.

Three videos: Bill McKibben’s masterful WaPo op-ed of a few weeks ago has become the best climate-related video of the year, bar none, thanks to Plomomedia. I would quote the highlight, but then I’d have to quote the entire piece:

I got a chance to watch the hour-long PBS documentary March Point this week (thanks to Sightline board member Susan Balbas) and recommend it highly. An inspiring story of three young members of the Swinomish Tribe and what they learned about the Tesoro and Shell oil refineries in northern Washington. You can stream it online here.

And, if you need to calm your nerves after these powerful pieces of film, try these beautiful time-lapse videos of the sky over Seattle as the clouds blow by.


What would it look like if you crammed the entire population of the planet into one city? It depends on the density!

A mostly favorable review of Vancouver, BC’s Campie Corridor Plan — which will let 14,000 additional residents live near stores, transit, and downtown.

Eric H:

Not sure I’d want one, but this laser-projected, bike-mounted sharrow system is pretty nifty.


An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Not so fast. Environmental Working Group has issued a shopping guide for consumers concerned about pesticide residues in produce. The “Dirty Dozen” is headlined by apples, celery and strawberries. The fruits and vegetables with lowest pesticide contamination were led by onions, sweet corn and pineapples.

Got ocean acidification on the mind? (If not, read one of Sightline’s recent articles on the topic.) And for some eye candy as well as a reminder of what’s at stake when carbon pollution changes the make-up of our waters, check out these Mother Jones photos of amazing ocean creatures.

‘Bout time…Six national polls over the past year have demonstrated that a majority of Americans now support full marriage equality for same-sex couples. As Center for American Progress reports, this is a marked reversal from years prior, which showed clear majorities opposing marriage equality.

The truth about the economy in less than two minutes?! I loved this quick video primer by Robert Reich. Who knew he could draw!