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Dear Dot: Are carbon offsets a flight of fancy?

Dear Dot After almost two years of staying put during COVID, I flew to California...

Dear Dot: What’s the greenest Christmas Tree?

Dear Dot, I know the old fake Christmas trees are awful, made of petroleum products...

Dear Dot: Should I bother with solar panels?

Dear Dot, I was considering getting solar panels on my roof but with the approval...

Room for Change

Room for Change: The Pantry

Breaking habits and cutting down on plastic I’ll be honest. I find all the pictures of people’s glossy, zero-waste kitchens with perfectly labeled Mason jars to be obnoxious, and, for the most part, dishonest. Do these folks really have not one piece of single-use plastic...

Advice

Dear Dot: Can we give the leaf-blowers a vacation?

Dear Dot, My wife hates leaf blowers. I love them. Is there a solution that doesn’t involve divorce lawyers? DK, Vineyard Haven Dear DK, Ah the sounds of fall, when the squeals of...

Dear Dot: Is there a wildlife-friendly way to get rid of mice?

Dear Dot, About 15 years ago my house sitter threw away all the mouse poison I had left around our barn and the outside of our home. She rightly pointed...

Favorite Things

Our Favorite Climate Podcasts

2020 was the year climate podcasts went mainstream. Here are our favorites, thanks to our favorite climate newsroom, Grist. New podcasts about our warming planet...

Essays

The writer believes joy is an essential element in the health of the planet. Her husband relies on hard science. Can a marriage (or the planet) find a middle ground? I just got the most gorgeous wedding invitation I’ve ever seen. The calligraphy on the envelope is hand-done. I know because I spilled some water on it, and it smudged....

Essays

Tell Me This: Why Would Anyone Litter?

We explore the psychology of those who befoul our beaches and roadways. My husband Chris spent...

Kilo-what? What’s the unit for measuring eco-guilt?

We just got our Capelight Company energy efficiency report. The graphic shows three lines. The...

In a Word: Solastalgia

Solastalgia: Psychological distress caused by climate change.  While the word “solastalgia” might never have rolled off...

My Mother the Pinchpenny (and Early Environmentalist)

Her thrifty ways presaged the conservation movement. My mother emerged from the Depression, World War Two,...

Handbook

The Ultimate Simple, Smart, Sustainable Handbook to Martha’s Vineyard

Where (and how) to recycle, compost, volunteer, write your rep, and buy secondhand. RECYCLING All six towns have the same rules for what can and can’t...
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