What’s Out/What’s In for 2023

Motivated by a similar comparison in the Washington Post, here are my choices for what’s out and what’s in (mostly environmental) during the coming year.   Cover the right-hand column and try to guess it.

Out                                                                        In


Plastic Bags                                                         Paper Bags

Coal Ash                                                               Wind Turbines

Insect swarms                                                   Pollinator deficiency

Wood Bioenergy                                              Solar power

Greenland’s ice                                                 Rising sea level

Maple trees                                                        Oak Trees

Twitted Falsehoods                                        Science-based policy

Soil carbon credits                                           Regenerative Farming

Gasoline                                                               Electric Vehicles

Face Masks                                                         Triple boosting

Napa Valley Wine                                             Willamette Valley Wine

Forest fires                                                         Controlled burning

Old-growth forest                                            Plantations

Crop surpluses                                                  Mega-droughts

Jeopardy                                                              Wordle

Melting Permafrost                                        Methane release

Ukrainian grain                                                  African Famine

Natural habitat                                                  Loss of species

Reference Books                                              Wikipedia

Deliberative discourse                                   War







2 thoughts on “What’s Out/What’s In for 2023

  1. Thanks for including “regenerative farming” that overtakes soil carbon credit. Is it sensible to say that we need to rebuild and thus armor a new soil layer at the top of current soils rather than to press and saturate carbon in current soils? That seems only to make sense to me because the stripped and eradicated surface soils from human-dominant agriculture for centuries, as long-term overdue debt, must be paid off by a type of reimbursement. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! Always appreciate your teaching and influence.

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