Four #greenreads to savor while waiting 15 minutes before swimming.
“Liquid City” Less than a year after Hurricane Sandy ravaged New York City, leaving death and destruction in its wake, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hatched a $20 billion plan to fortify the Big Apple's 520 million miles of coastline. The message: The city that never sleeps will not retreat either. The plan might seem like hubris until you wade into Gotham’s long and tortured romance with its waterfront. It is a history of extremes -- great investment and great devastation, luxury and squalor, glory and tragedy -- and Justin Davidson dives into it for a glimpse at what could be the city’s wet-and-wild future. New York
“Don’t Hold the Anchovies” So-called forage fish -- those tiny, oily specimens you often find in tin cans such as sardines and anchovies -- aren't high on the list of Americans' favorite seafoods. Instead, we feed those small swimmers to larger animals, both marine and mammal, that do end up on our dinner plates. But this is a pretty wasteful use of ecological resources argues Andy Sharpless in his new book, The Perfect Protein. Jocelyn Zuckerman takes a look at the reasons why we may want to reconsider our bigger-is-better view of seafood -- and provides some recipes to lure us into transitioning to the tasty and tiny.OnEarth
“Ex-Vegan Turned Hunter” Former vegan Tovar Cerulli used to think hunters were barbarians. Now he’s one of them. Cerulli began consuming milk, eggs, and wild fish for health reasons. Then he realized that the same urge to eat responsibly and ethically that made him forgo meat in the first place also eventually drove him to pick up a rifle and take to the woods. Cerulli explains the evolution of his thinking and the eco-inspired hunting movement that has since sprung up around him. To this ex-vegan, hunting can bring out the worst, or the best, in us. It just depends on the approach. The Atlantic
“Lights Out Is a Turn-on for Birds” Birds often mistake urban lights for the evening stars by which they navigate their seasonal migrations. But these beckoning lights are beacons of doom, inviting our feathered friends to fatally collide with buildings. Over 100 million birds die this way every year in North America. Now Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and many other cities are instituting programs that urge structures to flip their switches to off as the sky darkens. Brianna Elliott recounts some of the successes and challenges that bird advocates face while trying to shield birds from those bright lights in the big city. Audubon
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Werewolf of Berlin: If given the choice, 80-year-old Werner Freund would rather be a wolf than a human. Watch him fight over raw, bloody meat with his wolf pack. Hear his chilling howl. This isn' for the squeamish. This guy is fierce.
Kristen French graduated in May with a master of arts in science journalism from Columbia University. She has previously written for a number of publications in New York City and Santiago, Chile, including New York magazine, Guernica magazine and TheStreet.com. Prior to...Kristen French graduated in May with a master of arts in science journalism from Columbia University. She has previously written for a number of publications in New York City and Santiago, Chile, including New York magazine, Guernica magazine and TheStreet.com. Prior to enrolling at Columbia, she was features editor of a business publication called Rep. magazine, found online at wealthmanagement.com. MoreClose
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