Author Archive: Loose Leaf Team


Storms Are A-Brewing

By Michelle Werts It’s fitting that in a week when climate change talks were heating up and concluding in Durban, NOAA (the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) announced that 2011 set a record for weather disasters in the U.S. 2011 bore witness to 12 weather disasters that cost more than $1 billion in damage […]

Here We Go Again

By Katrina Marland It has been an odd week of ups and downs. For instance, NASA released new satellite images showing that coal pollution has been drastically reduced in recent years; but then an international research team showed us that global carbon emissions have gone up 49 percent since 1990. It’s not uncommon to find […]

’Tis the Season for Giving

By Michelle Werts What does December bring to mind? For me, it’s a chill in the air — any day now would be nice, D.C. (this Midwest girl needs her snow) — baking, shopping and family, although not necessarily in that order. For many, December is also synonymous with Salvation Army Santas, Toys for Tots […]

Between a Rock and a Rising Ocean

By Katrina Marland On an island in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough is a town called Kivalina. It’s a small community of just over 400 people, many of them Inupiats. Despite the rural location and a population that keeps mostly to itself, Kivalina is a town that we should all be paying attention to. The barrier […]

Don’t Take the Trees!

By Michelle Werts Yesterday, Katrina talked about working Christmas tree farms, where the farmers work hard to make sure that they are planting as many trees as are being removed from their farm, but what happens when trees are removed in cities and towns to be replaced by new apartments, shops and other developments? That’s […]

Deck the Halls

By Katrina Marland I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Every year on the first weekend of December, the Christmas tree goes up at my house. Being a holiday nut, I love kicking off the season by picking out and decorating the perfect tree. With this exciting event on the horizon, I thought it a […]

A Grizzly Win

By Michelle Werts Yellowstone National Park has a long, storied history — especially when it comes to its wildlife. Who can forget the controversial reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone in the mid-90s? Then, there are the ubiquitous snapshots of tourists and park employees mingling with bears from the early 1900s. And, wouldn’t you know, […]

Gifts of Green

By Katrina Marland So it’s the week after Thanksgiving. The parade was great, the turkey was delicious and the football was fun. Now, it’s time to get down to business: holiday shopping. If you’re like me, you’ve already got a list a mile long that you’ve been determinedly ignoring for the last couple weeks because […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Katrina Marland & Michelle Werts Did you know that Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until 1863? While the pilgrims celebrated the “first” Thanksgiving way back in 1623, it took almost 250 years for it to become an annual, national tradition. So, remember to thank Honest Abe today for officially recognizing this day of thanks […]

Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Michelle Werts I have a confession to make: prior to this moment, I had never contemplated the history of the turkey. Shocking, I know! But, oh, have I learned a myriad of fascinating, charming and downright alarming things about Thanksgiving’s signature bird. Wild turkeys are native to North America. Take that, Australia, and your […]