I had meant to link to this post at the WSJ's Informed Reader blog last week. It somehow ended up in a bookmark titled Vino. Which is not what I think of when I think of Thoreau.
From the Informed Reader:
Henry David Thoreau’s neighbors in Concord, Mass., thought his passion for flowers and constant scribbling in journals were a little strange. But scientists are now using those meticulous botanical writings as a benchmark to measure the effects of global warming, reports Michelle Nijhuis in Smithsonian....MORE
A couple others that may be of interest:
(Ah, monsieur/madame is a connoisseur,
the ordinaire, it is anti-freeze)
China’s Big Population Won’t Always Be an Advantage
The High Seas Still Dictate Who Runs the World