New Year, Old Flu

The Chinese New Year is today: the year of the ox (or, in some renderings, the year of the water buffalo). Celebrations of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, are taking place across China… Read More

As the Crow Flies, Away

And doesn’t. News from Tehran, Iran that the city’s air pollution has become so severe that nightingales, pigeons, and most recently, crows, have left the city searching for new homes. Pollution levels are highest in winter and many… Read More

No Heat…No Meat

First, a campaign in Taiwan to get people to stop eating meat as a way of reducing Taiwanese greenhouse gas emissions. According to some reports, the initiative, launched by the aptly named “Union of No Meat, No Heat”,… Read More

In with the New?

It’s a new year, so here’s to a good one. Towards the end of 2008, U.S. president-elect Barack Obama filled out his cabinet. Among his last picks was former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture. The… Read More