Travels With TheGreenGrok

A series of dispatches on interesting places that my deanly duties whisk me off to




  • Back in the PRC
    August 11, 2008

    The 2008 Summer Olympics are underway, and all the world is either in or watching China. I too am headed that way -– sitting in a Boeing 777-ER somewhere over the Bering Strait as I write. But, alas, my destination is Hong Kong not Beijing, but hearing talk of Beijing’s poor air quality while returning to China jogs cloudy memories. 
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An unexpected sight from my recent trip to the Gulf Coast.

Gulf of Mexico



  • A Trip to Fracking Land
    June 14, 2012

    Greetings from Pennsylvania. I’m here in the state this week leading a group of Nicholas School colleagues on an “eco-fact-finding” trip. 
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  • A Visit With Some Folks in Fracking Land
    June 22, 2012

    Part two — the view from the grassroots. Last week I led a group of Nicholas School colleagues on an “eco fact-finding” trip to learn about fracking in Pennsylvania. Today I’m writing about the second half, which was devoted to hearing from people in the Keystone State. 
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New Mexico

New York

  • A Cautionary Tale of Trees
    April 22, 2009

    About 137 years ago the first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska. The idea to set aside a special day for planting trees and educating folks about the importance of trees sprang from Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist cum politician. In honor of the holiday, The Green Grok brings you the story of three American trees. 
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  • Singapore Green
    March 5, 2012

    An initial quick look at Singapore (complete with a photo of a modern-day Noah’s ark??).
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United Arab Emirates

  • The U.A.E. and the U.S.
    September 03, 2008

    While in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) on business last week, I expected to find an alien country. What I found instead was a place maybe not so foreign after all.
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West Virginia


  • Jackson Hole: Balancing Nature and Development
    July 26, 2010

    A visit to paradise confronting the march of progress.
    How does one balance the need, indeed the necessity to preserve the natural and the wild while accommodating the economic imperative to develop? It’s a problem that in one form or another is being played out all over the globe. 
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