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Transforming Military Bases Into Community Farms


An aerial view of the former Alameda NAS– the former military base was closed under BRAC in 1997 and is now a community farm project.

Alameda Naval Air Station experienced its heyday during WWII and somewhat during the Cold War. Under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC), the base was closed in 1997 but a portion of the land was still set aside to be utilized by non-profits and government agencies for “public benefit conveyance”. The closing of the base allowed for the urban area to further develop and expand within city limits. Continue reading

If Global Warming Is Real Why Did A Blizzard Hit New York City?

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Above: “Major intersection: Nostrand ave & Eastern Pkwy and no one is going anywhere.” All photos courtesy of Abigail Ekue

The post-Christmas blizzard hit the East Coast with record snowfall, blanketing the area in tons of snow, not just New York City of course, but from Maine to the Carolinas. In this city our mayor, Michael Bloomberg,
is getting buried in an avalance of complaints, so to speak, about slow snow cleanup, but if the Earth is getting warmer why is there so much snow to cleanup in the first place? Continue reading

Pakistan’s Flood Victims Desperate For Aid

Photo Credit: Monica K. Smith, U.S. Army, Damaged bridge in the Swat valley in Pakistan on August 11th, 2010. The bridge was destroyed by flood waters.

I realize that many countries, including my own, are facing tough economic conditions… And we’ve also endured an unrelenting stream of disasters this year — from the earthquake in Haiti to the wildfires in Russia. But we must answer the Pakistani request for help.” ~Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, nytimes.com

Pakistan is experiencing a reportedly worse disaster than Haiti’s Earthquake, the Tsunami and the South Asian Earthquake put together. After 2 weeks of flooding and heavy rains an area the size of Italy or Florida is underwater and aid has been so slow there’s an outcry not just from flood victims, but from aid agencies. Continue reading