All posts in "Environment"

#1133 Atul Bhide builds toilets that changes lives

By Cathryn Wellner / September 27, 2014

Recently I began subscribing to The Better India, one of many sources of good news that flow into my inbox. That’s how I learned about Atul Bhide. I feel very grateful to him. First, some context for my gratitude. According to The Times of India, a staggering total of 626 million people in that country […]


#1128 When I die, turn me into a tree

By Cathryn Wellner / September 22, 2014

For years I have said when I die I want my ashes dug into a garden. Now there is an environmentally friendly way to turn me into a tree. That sounds like a wonderful legacy, to contemplate my earthly remains becoming fertilizer for trunk and branches of some tree. Just don’t forget to water me […]


#1122 Save the world, starting with bees

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2014

Just when news of the day threatens to make optimism look like a fool’s errand, I learn about a 4-decade-old organization that connects scientists and citizens around an important goal: to protect invertebrates and their habitat. Since 1971 the Xerces Society has cared about many of the unloved but essential creatures of the world. Our […]


#1087 Dr. Akira Miyawaki plants more than seeds; he plants the future

By Cathryn Wellner / August 12, 2014

Long before Dr. Akira Miyawaki became known for restoring native forests around the world, he was spending hours in the field, painstakingly digging holes to study the impact of soil on vegetation. The backbreaking, and often tedious, work paid off. So did the knowledge he accumulated in years of research into vegetation science and his […]

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