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Missive #186

“In the mid 1930s, North America’s Great Plains faced one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in world history. Donald Worster’s classic chronicle of the devastating years between 1929 and 1939 tells the story of the Dust Bowl in ecological as well as human terms.

Now, twenty-five years after his book helped to define the new field of environmental history, Worster shares his more recent thoughts on the subject of the land and how humans interact with it. In a new afterword, he links the Dust Bowl to current political, economic and ecological issues—including the American livestock industry’s exploitation of the Great Plains, and the on-going problem of desertification, This is a good book about the Depression years as well as about the dust bowl. I expect there will be both in the years between now and 2030. which has now become a global phenomenon. He reflects on the state of the plains today and the threat of a new dust bowl. He outlines some solutions that have been proposed, such as “the Buffalo Commons,” where deer, antelope, bison and elk would once more roam freely, and suggests that we may yet witness a Great Plains where native flora and fauna flourish while applied ecologists show farmers how to raise food on land modeled after the natural prairies that once existed. — Book promo @ goodreads.com

The morning low temperatures have been in the mid 40s the past three days but this morning felt very cold. I dressed for what I thought would be the 30s and found that the low had been only 41. The 10 day forecast expects continued mid 40s as the low and mid to upped 60s for the highs.

My new car has a button for pretty much everything.
There’s even one that says, “rear wiper.”
Still too afraid to try that one.

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