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Eric Scigliano

Eric Scigliano has written on varied environmental, cultural and political subjects for many local and national publications. His books include Puget Sound: Sea Between the Mountains, Love War and Circuses (Seeing the Elephant), Michelangelo’s Mountain, Flotsametrics and the Floating World (with Curtis Ebbesmeyer), The Wild Edge, and, newly published, The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon and a Race to Save the Planet.

COVID Field Notes: Cherry Blossoms and Checkout Dramas

Are we just bidding farewell to the old normal before entering the new? What’s remarkable is how long-ago that old normal seems now.

Field Notes in the Time of Corona: Touchy Retail Businesses

Businesses are falling over themselves to tout their prevention measures, but it can take awhile for new rules to trickle down to the checkout counter.

Field notes in a time of corona: Liberal Hype or Democratic Hoax?

You might imagine Trump’s jaw-droppingly fumbling, unfocused response to the pandemic and the stock market’s subsequent crash would convince even diehards that this emperor has no clue. Not in Trump country.

Field notes in a time of corona: Virus, Eats and Weed

The coronavirus crisis has stomped the restaurant and bar trade like a health inspector’s red tag.

Tracking viral loads: why COVID-19 spreads so fast

What does this suggest? That response must be rapid and cast a wide net. Any hope of containment means isolating and, if possible, testing those showing mild symptoms immediately.

Sound Transit’s Typhoid Marty?

“It all depends on the individual inspector. This is how I do it. A card might be stolen. I need to make sure there isn’t a woman’s name on it.”

Transit vs. COVID-19: Bus cleaning can’t keep up. How about onboard sanitizer?

Metro, which manages the downtown light-rail tunnel as well as King County buses, only gives its buses a "deep cleaning" every 30 days.

Economy and Ecology: Sibling Rivals For Our Planetary Predicament

All too often, natural scientists and economists seem to be talking past each other. The scientists propound values—biodiversity, ecosystem integrity, the elusive but essential quality of “wildness”—that are not readily measurable in financial terms, hence not considered by traditional economists.

Impeaching Trump: Is That All There Is?

Is it wise to put the whole case in this one Ukraine basket? This scandal seems to have moved that meter only marginally. Trump's earlier potential crimes and misdemeanors, if less serious, may be easier to understand.

Big Thaw At The Top of The Earth, Big Peril to Earth’s Climate

The Polaris Project is an innovative research and educational venture dedicated to twin ambitious goals: to determine what will happen to the vast trove of carbon frozen in Arctic soils as the planet warms (and how that will in turn affect the climate), and to recruit, inspire, and train the next generation of Arctic scientists.

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The View From 2023: How Seattle Changed

The Virus Depression (called VD) has greatly changed the way we live. Surveillance mechanisms are now ubiquitous, monitoring temperatures, spacing, coughing. Grocery stores are well-policed, both to enforce health regulations and to guard against the food riots that broke out in late 2020.

“We Shall Beat It On The Beaches, We Shall Beat It On TV” – Trump’s COVID Oratory Through Our Churchill Spinometer

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to me, and me alone. Only I can fix this.

Coronavirus Chronicles: Unexpected Shortages of Sudden Needs

Just try to buy a solid looking buzz clipper. Sold-out, sold-out, sold-out. Now I did find one for way too much money, and it won’t arrive for a while. I will be cautious about Zoom meetings.

A Bridge Too High? How Warren Magnuson Overbuilt The West Seattle Bridge

Maggie drained the entire $100 million bridge replacement fund and soon the bridge design was high enough to allow passage of "the highest mast conceivable for a ship at that time; higher than has ever been remotely needed."

Running for Office When the World is Shut Down: How One Candidate Is Adapting

For candidates running in the time of pandemic, whether it’s Joe Biden seeking to unseat Donald Trump, or a 37-year-old Seattle woman seeking office for the first time, the playbook of how to get elected has changed in ways nobody ever envisioned.