Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions

By Patricia Zick @PCZick We’re approaching the third anniversary of two major disasters in U.S. history – both claiming undistinguished titles. First, on April 5, 2010, at a coal mine in West Virginia, twenty-nine miners lost their lives when an explosion ripped through the Upper Big Branch mine. The tragedy was the worst coal mineContinue reading “Paying the Price for Oil Spills and Coal Mine Explosions”

Florida’s Fragile Environment

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I lived in Florida for nearly thirty years. Its landscapes and wildlife still inspire me. Its fragile environment serves as a canary in the coal mine for ecosystems everywhere. Here’s my view of Florida through my camera and words. I often imagine what the early inhabitants of Florida saw as theyContinue reading “Florida’s Fragile Environment”

Florida’s Water or Lack Thereof

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick I moved from Florida two years ago, but I still keep track of this place I consider a part of my history. I learned to canoe and kayak on the Santa Fe River in North Florida. This river flows to the infamous Suwanee River, which eventually empties into the GulfContinue reading “Florida’s Water or Lack Thereof”

Celebrate Rachel Carson and Earth Day 2012

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The Earth Day Network  credits the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,  in 1962 as a “watershed moment for the modern environmental movement.” In the emerging light on the pollution we were spraying into the air, Earth Day 1970 took a share of the spotlight. That first Earth Day on AprilContinue reading “Celebrate Rachel Carson and Earth Day 2012”

Coral reefs damaged by Deepwater Horizon oil spill

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick It’s been almost two years since the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico began gushing oil after the BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. These days, folks remark about the exaggerated reports of damaged and dead habitat and wildlife. After all, we’re eating the fish again from the GulfContinue reading “Coral reefs damaged by Deepwater Horizon oil spill”