Read - Prior Newsletters

10/06/06 Morning Sky - Land Institute Prairie Festival
9/29/06 - not published
9/22/06 - not published
9/15/06 Water II - Freshwater resources - Red Sky at Morning - Surf photo
9/8/06 Water II - Freshwater resources - Red Sky at Morning - Surf photo
9/1/06 Water - Blue Frontier - Red Sky at Morning - Anemone photo
8/25/06 Seafood Watch - Red Sky at Morning - Travelogue - Low tide photos
8/18/06 Oil reserves - Red Sky at Morning - - Photos Farmer's Mkt.
8/11/06 - Environmentalism Revisited - Red Sky at Morning - What's That Bug? - New Photo Archives
8/04/06 - Marine Sanctuaries - Point Lobos photos
7/28/06 - KF Summer Break - Point Lobos
7/21/06 - Sustainable - Bon Appetit Management Company - Travelogue
7/14/06 - UNEP Maps & Graphics - Travelogue - Farm market photos
7/07/06 - Warming - It's Getting Warmer in Here - Surgery With Fries - Stream photos
6/30/06 - Travel - The Art of Possibility - Gropius House
6/23/06 - KF Summer Break - Red Sky at Morning - Tanglewood
6/16/06 - KF Summer Break - Wendell Berry
6/09/06 - The Billion-Ton Biofuels Vision, Peppers & Peony
6/02/06 - Peonies - If You Lived Here I'd Know Your Name
5/26/06 - Photographs - Travelogue announcement
5/19/06 - Wind & Photographs - Redbud Wind update - Farmer's market
5/12/06 - Spring Photography III
5/05/06 - Spring Photography II
4/28/06 - Spring Photography
4/21/06 - not published
4/14/06 - not published
4/07/06 - Burke Brise Soleil - Santiago Calatrava - Climate change
3/31/06 - Spring Break - Carleton wind turbine, Lawrence beech tree
3/24/06 - Just Photography
3/17/06 - Design, Wind & Ice, Windustry II, Noah Adams
3/10/06 - Wind & Ice, Redbud Wind, Windustry conf., Will Steger, BREEE
3/03/06 - Ice Factory, An Entrepreneur does science, Redbud Wind
2/24/06 - Ice, WorldChanging, Design Katrina, Utne magazine
2/17/06 - Renewable energy, Biomass sources, Design cont., Annie Dillard
2/10/06 - Oil & Biofuel, Oil sources, Ethanol biorefining, Ethanol companies
2/03/06 - Design, By Design - a small book, Fields That Dream, Redbud Wind update
1/27/06 - Lecture to architects, Design ethics for sustainability, Wendell Berry, Redbud Wind update
1/20/06 - Letter to architects, KF Photo Archive III, Redbud Wind update
1/13/06 - KF Photo Archive II, Historic Energy Credits, Center for Rural Affairs
1/06/06 - KF Photo Archive, Innovation - From Incrementalism to Leadership
12/30/05 - Green Banking, Institutional Responsibility and Profits, Triodos Bank
12/23/05 - Green Building - II, Permafrost loss, Sustainable design, Eco-Effective Components
12/16/05 - Green Building, Architectural Record, Green Building Council, LEED
12/9/05 - Wes Jackson in Smithsonian Magazine, Photo, Fields of Plenty
12/02/05 - Wind Energy, Redbud Wind - Enid, OK, Local Harvest, Photo, Hungry Planet
11/25/05 - not published
11/18/05 - Information access III, 1% For The Planet, Global Biodiversity Information, Photo, Jared Diamond
11/11/05 - Information access II, MIT OpenCourseWare, Photo, Twyla Tharp
11/04/05 - Information access, Digital divide, Plant trees, Photos, Twyla Tharp
10/28/05 - Traveling..., Photography, digital editing, a matter of taste
10/21/05 - Education, Nicholas School, Photo-fall leaves, A Mountain - John McPhee
10/14/05 - Food Odometer, Photos-Western Oklahoma, Episodes-Edward Abbey
10/07/05 - Hospital Food, Water-Rick Bass, Water-Edward Abbey
9/30/05 - School Food, Arctic Ice, Tomato-peach #2, Wallace Stegner
9/23/05 - Preserving, Tracking Rita, Tomato-peach jam, Climate change
9/16/05 - Pomology - Part I, Katrina links
9/09/05 - Land Use - Part III, New Orleans, Anatomy of the problem, Photojournalism
9/02/05 - Land Use - Part II, New Orleans, LLE's, Aldo Leoplod
8/26/05 - Land Use - Part I
8/19/05 - The Flood, The Netherlands - National Geographic TV

8/12/05 - Edam, The Netherlands - World Land Use
8/05/05 - White Bikes, Kroller_Muller Museum - Kenneth Snelson
7/29/05 - Eiffel Tower - Mare Nostrum
7/22/05 - Smart Car - Opec - Amsterdam bike garage
7/15/05 - Nothing but photographs - Clouds near Nederland, CO - SET II
7/08/05 - Nothing but photographs - Clouds near Nederland, CO - SET I
7/01/05 - The Tipping Point - American bison photos
6/24/05 - Ken Wiwa - Nigeria - Prairie farm photos
6/17/05 - Geoffrey Ballard - "Hydricity"
6/10/05 - Wheat - Part III - Grains of truth about WHEAT
6/03/05 - Wheat - Part II - Nutrition - World Markets
5/27/05 - Wheat - Part I
5/20/05 - Valles Caldera - Grassland
5/13/05 - Letters From the Road - Global Warming - Food Security
5/06/05 - 1% Makes the Difference - Tidal Power - Coastal Maine
4/29/05 - Reverse Gravity - Oil & Water - The Bay of Fundy
4/22/05 - Oil, Water & How to Sell Your Sofa
4/15/05 - Energy, Global Energy - Part I
4/08/05 - Quiet Pandemic II - Why pick (on) corn?
4/01/05 - A Quiet Pandemic - Obesity and Food Ethics
3/25/05 - Special - Downsized Dreams
3/18/05 - Mission - Modeling Diversity - Part V
3/11/05 - Limits - Modeling Diversity - Part IV

3/04/05 - Grasslands History - Modeling Diversity - Part III
2/25/05 - Native Grasslands - Modeling Diversity - Part II

2/18/05 - Polyculture Grains - Modeling Diversity

2/07/05 - Photojournalism - A Model of Diversity

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August 11, 2006


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NEW KF Photography Master Archive

Red Sky at Morning
James Gustave Speth
Red Sky at Morning - America and the Crisis of the Global Environment
published 2004
Link -- - web site

This is our second look at this book. Among the fascinating subjects it covers is a chapter that provides a short review of the history of environmentalism. The following paragraph is quoted from this chapter. Further, in the coming nine weeks KF will include links to quotes in which Speth outlines nine threats to biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

"Many reasons have been offered over the decades for sustaining the earth's biological endowment. The earliest and the one that seems to animate the Endangered Species Act, is the most challenging to our society and our habits of thought. It is a mere ethical proposition, namely, that we have ethical duties to the communities of plants and animals that evolved here with us. It is to Aldo Leopold that we must turn for this. In his Sand Country Almanac he launched what environmental historian Roderick Nask has called "one of the most remarkable ideas of our time: the belief that ethical standing does not begin and end with human beings."

Threats to Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Read Threat #1

And don't forget the oceans!
The thinking expressed by Speth must, of course, be extended to include marine environments, creatures and sanctuaries. We will come back to these marine issues in the coming weeks.

What's That Bug?
A fun little web site run by two fine arts teachers in Los Angeles.
They say you can send them a bug photo for ID.

Link What's That Bug web site


Rich Kurczak - 7/20/2006 edition - Last Days in Cliff, New Mexico
Rich Kurczak - 7/09/2006 edition - SW New Mexico
Rich Kurczak - 6/23/2006 edition - Yampa River, Green River, Grand Staircase Wilderness

Photos - Point Lobos Reserve - California

Cedar II

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