Carol’s Ramblings (Blog)

The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy

Announcing the publication of young adult climate fiction

Book Two in The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy has been published! Holding, the second book in the Skye Van Bloem Trilogy was published today, February 27, 2020, in paperback. The eBook and Kindle versions will be out next week. The book is now available on amazon and Ingram Spark, but it will populate on other sites in the coming weeks. Ask your library or bookstore to order it! Haven’t read the first book in the…

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Elections

Elect People Who Will Take Climate Action

If you want climate action then it is vital that the right people are voted into office. A critically important election is being held in November 2020. I’m not going to talk about HIM. We all know he’s a science/climate denier and a bunch of other things, but I know you’re going to vote for democracy and for the planet. I’m talking about the most important election on the state level in Arizona in November.…

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The Climate Crisis

Switching to a Tesla Model 3

Switching to a Tesla Model 3 What’s it like switching to a Tesla Model 3? Is it fun to drive? Are you happy you bought it? Do you feel better about your carbon footprint?     Awesome! Yes! Yes! Yes!   Buying the Tesla 3 I test drove a Nissan Leaf and was rather underwhelmed. Having owned a Datsun years ago, I was impressed with the company and went to the dealership, checkbook in hand.…

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Grief

Different Types of Grief

In addition to dealing with the loss of my husband, Eric, I’ve been dealing with other, different types of grief. More about that in a minute. My Grief About the Loss of a Person November 15 was the 19 year anniversary of Eric’s death. The fatal plane crash happened on October 10, 2000 but he survived for 36 days. Even after so long, I still live in a sort of hazy zombie-state during those 36…

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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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