It's time to welcome the New Year, which also means it's time for our winter break. This is a combined January-February issue to accommodate our 10-times-a-year printing schedule. We have some exciting projects planned for 2012, and we'll be starting to work on them.

In the meantime, we're leaving you with a super-sized 36-page issue to hold you over until the next issue shows up in early March.

Some things to make sure you read:

  • Don't miss Tom Horton's second installment in our "Growing Concern" series. His article questions the traditional "grow or die" mentality that drives state, national and global economies. Political leaders tell us we can have growth and a healthy environment, but others are not so sure, and evidence of continued environmental degradation in the face of growth abounds. Horton examines the alternative viewpoint offered by some economists who propose a transition to a steady-state economy. See "Economist asks: We are growing, but are we more prosperous?".
  • Fred Tutman's commentary in the Forum section is a must-read. Tutman is the Patuxent Riverkeeper, but in his piece it's not polluters, but the "color-blind, class-blind environmental movement" which he has in his sights. The Green Movement, he writes, has largely failed to address the issues of most concern to minority and poor communities. "The Green Movement lives in a perpetual state of denial or indifference that race and class are relevant to the way we address important issues such as stormwater, climate change and clean air and water," Tutman writes. See "Take off the Blinders: Why 'Green' is not the new Black (or Brown or Yellow)".
  • While many politicians debate whether humans are causing climate change, or if it is even happening, the facts on the ground (or perhaps more correctly, in the water) provide evidence that water levels are rising rapidly around the Chesapeake Bay. Rona Kobell's front-page report, "Sea level along Chesapeake rising faster than efforts to mitigate it," tells how for many communities around the Bay, sea-level rise is no longer a future problem, but one they must wrestle with today.
  • And for these long winter nights, you can curl up with this month's Bay Buddies and Chesapeake Challenge quizzes to learn about youngsters around the Bay. See "Babes in the Watershed," "Youngsters!" and "Grownups".


See you in 2012!

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