Carol’s Ramblings (Blog)

Biodiversity

3 Billion Birds are Gone

3 Billion Birds are gone. I’ll repeat that: 3 billion birds are gone. American and Canadian skies have 3 billion less birds now than we did in 1970. I knew it was bad. I’ve been taking statistics for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as part of their Project Feeder Watch program for years. I’m a member of Audubon; I’ve participated in Christmas bird counts. I’m outside watching birds, a lot. And it has been getting…

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Tanzania Safari

But Did You See Lions on the Serengeti?

Life and Death and Drama on the Serengeti A Travel Essay by Carol Fiore Important Note: All images are copyrighted and can’t be used without permission of photographer Dr. Daisy. Contact Carol for information. Is this how my trip of a lifetime ends? I watch as a dozen lions surround a baby elephant, approximately two years old. Where is the herd? Where’s his mother? I turn to my 29-year-old daughter. Like me, she’s standing in…

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Tanzania Safari

Animal Sightings on my Tanzania Safari to the Serengeti

My Tanzania Safari to the Serengeti As promised in an earlier post, here is a list of animal sightings from my August/September 2019 Tanzania safari to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire with African Dream Safaris. Feel free to write to me with questions about my trip, or post in the comment section below. I’m happy to chat. Animal Pictures Pictures are coming, but my daughter Dr. Daisy is still editing the 5,000 photos. It…

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Book Signings

Tucson Festival of Books

Book Signing Join me at the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books and pick up a signed copy of the second book in the Skye Van Bloem Trilogy, expected to be published in early 2020. I’ll be in the Indie Young Adult Pavilion on the University of Arizona Mall from 12:15 to 2:15 on Sunday afternoon, March 15. I donate proceeds to environmental nonprofits, so your purchase helps the planet. As with all my book signings,…

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Biodiversity

Gutting the Endangered Species Act is amoral!

Who believes that gutting the Endangered Species Act is amoral? Certainly not the Trump administration. Waging War on Earth’s Wildlife The attack on this vital law is reprehensible, and we need to hold the perpetrators accountable. Species protection has always been science-based, but the Interior Department—under David Bernhardt, a former fossil fuel lobbyist, wants it based on possible lost revenue. Money is king in this administration, and possible extinction can’t compete with corporate greed. Biodiversity…

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The Climate Crisis

Carbon dioxide decreasing nutrition

What About Food? The climate crisis is a complicated issue, but lately nutritional content of food has been in the news. Research indicates that increasing levels of carbon dioxide are decreasing nutritional levels of grains, particularly rice. This is a huge issue in places like Bangladesh that rely on rice for about 2/3 of their diet. What Do Farmers Think? Farmers are on the forefront of the climate problem. They are experiencing droughts, flooding, and…

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Politics

Diversity is critical

Diversity Importance Diversity importance is at the core of The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy. The major theme of the first book Countdown concerns the loss of biodiversity and what that means for the planet. Various reasons are woven into the text through the words of animals at a conference to decide the fate of humans: poaching, habitat destruction, animal cruelty, climate change, pollutants like plastics. However… Respect and Value Human Culture Human diversity is also…

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The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy

Progress of Book Two “Holding,” a climate dystopia

Is the trilogy done? Book Two was always meant to be a climate dystopia, but eight years ago when I wrote it, I didn’t know there would be a popular new genre of climate fiction called cli-fi. I’ve been working on the Skye Van Bloem Trilogy for a long time; I conceived the idea almost a decade ago. People often ask if all three books are written, since only the first book Countdown has been…

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Scholarships in memory of experimental test pilot Eric E. Fiore

Congratulations to the 2019 winner of the Eric E. Fiore Memorial Space Camp Scholarship

If you’ve ever purchased a copy of Flight through Fire or donated to “The Challenger Fund” after Eric’s plane crash, then you helped send a kid to Space Camp at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas.     As an experimental test pilot, Eric was one step away from astronaut. He had applied to NASA only a month before the accident, so it seemed fitting to fund a scholarship to send kids to Space Camp. I’m…

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