Philip S. Wenz

Position: Your Ecological House

Plastic lovers may solve our waste problem

Bacteria capable of eating plastic were an inevitability. The tiny cells are evolutionary dynamos. Under optimal growing conditions, many bacteria can clone themselves in 20 to 30 minutes,...

DATE: March 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

‘Super weeds’ rise in defiance of herbicide

Meet Palmer Pigweed. Palmer’s a hearty fellow. He’s capable of growing 2 to 4 inches per day until he’s 8 feet tall. His weed stalk is as thick as a man’s wrist and tough enough to damage farm...

DATE: May 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Widely used herbicide tied to cancer

On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the prestigious World Health Organization, announced its assessment of the herbicide glyphosate as “probably...

DATE: May 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

New invasives threaten our farms, the wild

Once there was a fertile valley that was blessed with mild climate, abundant water and good soil. Prosperous farmers grew many varieties of conventional crops, and sold great quantities of their...

DATE: April 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

How should we question safety of GMOs?

“Is it safe to eat genetically engineered foods?”That’s the question GE food advocates love for us to ask. Why? Because if we look only at the narrow issue of food safety when deciding whether GE...

DATE: April 8, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Great tech hope will not solve climate change

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could ignore the root causes of our problems and rely on technological wizardry to fix them? For example, what if you smoked and developed a persistent cough? You could...

DATE: March 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Stone throwing won’t build a movement

The stone throwing began shortly after an article about a local environmental engineer appeared in my Oregon hometown newspaper. The upbeat piece described the house that the woman and her husband...

DATE: March 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Land seizures create path for pipeline

Is your domain eminently defensible? Or can a private corporation take your home and land for profit? How about a foreign corporation? These questions arise because currently a foreign corporation,...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Calculating your ecological footprint

Congratulations! You have recently resolved to reduce the impact you and your family are having on the planet’s ecosystems. You’ll consume less, reuse and recycle more, and generally live more...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Taxing carbon would help you, environment

Should we each pay a carbon tax, a fee assessed on the relative carbon content – and therefore the pollution potential – of coal, oil and natural gas? If so, how would such a tax help the...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

The gas glut may add to climate chaos

The price of gas at the pump has dropped dramatically, and that has many folks jumping for joy. Sorry to be a party pooper, but I’m not one of them. The recent tapping of America’s unconventional...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

Listen closely for sounds of change

“Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” – Edward Lorenz, chaos theory pioneer Recently, I’ve reflected on the truism that “nothing is guaranteed.”This is...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2014 | CATEGORY: Your Ecological House

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