New voter polls on the environment, an Arctic update, The Nature Conservancy’s Family Forest initiative, and soil scientist Rattan Lal’s World Food Prize. Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Birth of Tragedy”, the Apollonian-Dionysian duality, and a new poem, “My Closest Neighbors”.
Reason and freedom in the opening lines of Epictetus’s “Discourses”. / Sizzling summer energy tips. / Poem “How Do You Sound?” / Art and moral education (e.g. “The Wreck of the Old 97”). / In the news: the EIA releases numbers to support the milestone announced last year – renewables surpass coal in electricity generation – and the Southeast region is the fastest growing utility solar market. New York is the first state to reject a gas pipeline for climate reasons, and the Empire State Bldg sets an example in Manhattan by slashing its emissions 40%. The US ranks 24th on the environment, near the bottom of the developed world. The UK proposes to subsidize the move to electric transportation.