5/31/12 Volume XLV, No. 22
The quality of the air we breathe is often beyond our control. It’s a given that prevailing winds pick up pollutants from coal-burning power plants in the Midwest and carry them over this state we’re in.
But we can take action to improve the air quality in our homes and beyond. Small changes in our daily routines can lead to a cleaner, healthier environment … and even save us money!
As part of its air quality awareness campaign, the New Jersey Department of . . .
5/24/12 Volume XLV, No. 21
“Slow Food” does not mean Crock-Pot cooking!
Slow Food is a lifestyle choice, not a culinary technique, and its focus is on eating local and seasonal foods. Freshness and flavor, knowing where your food comes from and awareness of what you put into your body are all part of the Slow Food movement.
The Slow Food movement was founded in Italy in 1986 as a protest against fast foods – specifically, the opening of the first McDonald’s in Rome. It now . . .
5/17/12 Volume XLV, No. 20
After the devastation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago, many New Jerseyans wondered whether our state’s waters would be next. Although offshore drilling is not allowed right now, the Delaware and Raritan bays are home to some of the nation’s most active ports and oil refineries, with giant tankers loading and unloading petroleum and other chemicals.
New Jersey is vulnerable and must be prepared. That’s why the American Littoral Society . . .
5/10/12 Volume XLV, No. 19
When it comes to wildlife, New Jersey is well positioned. Not only does the Garden State have highly diverse geography – from the mountains of the Highlands to the ocean beaches, from the Pine Barrens to the tidal marshes of the Delaware Bayshore – but it’s at the sweet spot where northern and southern ecosystems overlap.
That adds up to great wildlife viewing opportunities close to home. With 325 resident and migratory bird species, 90 mammal species, 79 reptile . . .
5/4/12 Volume XLV, No. 18
This past winter was the mildest in recorded history. While this was a plus for many – no plowing, no shoveling! – it wasn’t good for our honeybee colonies.
Instead of staying snug in their hives, expending little energy and consuming little food, the confused honeybees buzzed out into the warm weather, searching for pollen and nectar. Not finding much, they returned to their hives hungry and quickly depleted the stores of honey they needed to . . .