• Conservation,  Home

    Should I Get a Tankless Water Heater?

    The Short Answer: Tanks all day. We needed to replace our aging hot water tank in 2020, so I discussed the tankless option with several plumbing professionals and homeowners. Over the last few years, I have experienced the transition from tank to tankless at my in-laws home. We confidently decided the tank was better. Functional Tankless solves a problem we don’t have (unlimited hot water) and creates two new problems: 1) Slightly longer delay in getting hot water at the taps, esp. remote taps. This is annoying, but further it’s a waste of clean water. On some small scale it increases your water cost because you’re just running it down…

  • Biology,  Cleveland,  Conservation,  Family

    Green Burial

    I am interested in green burial (aka natural burial).  Traditional cemeteries are arranged for the living.  Traditional burial is expensive, wasteful, and weirdly permanent.  Green burial (as defined by the Green Burial Council), is a way of “caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health, and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat.”  That resonates strongly with me. Green burial uses non-toxic and biodegradable materials, such as caskets, shrouds, and urns. I found these resources helpful. General Info New York Times Article (2018) Green Burial Council Wikipedia Cemetery Survey Results Videos Will For The Woods…

  • Biology,  Conservation

    Characodon Lateralis

    These fish are native to the rivers of western Mexico.  They are listed as “endangered” or “critically endangered” by several conservation authorities, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), CARES, and the Goodeid Working Group (GWG). Their numbers and habitats are declining rapidly in the wild.  In the 1950s, they could be found in approximately fifty different locations in western Mexico, and today they can be found in nine. While not widely available, they are hearty, beautiful, and full of personality.  Raising these fish in a home aquarium or pond is an easy and important way to contribute to their conservation. Overview These are a fairly small river fish, 2-2.5″ adult size.…