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.

The River that Swallowed the Sumas Prairie

When the flood waters receded, they left five people dead, plus 420 cattle, 12,000 hogs and 630,000 chickens: this section of the Fraser Valley is British Columbia’s richest agricultural region, producing most of its eggs, dairy, blueberries and other crops.

Exploring North America’s Greatest Salmon River

There are many ways to kill a river, but still the Mighty One endures and, against so many obstacles, its fish keep returning.

The Case for White Roofs

If business, government, and consumers can’t get serious about this small piece of the climate crisis, how are we ever going to deal with the whole looming catastrophe?

The Aluminum Smelter in Search of a Power Source

Jobs plus industrial revival plus national security plus carbon-free industry — small wonder Washington’s entire congressional delegation, Ds and Rs together, signed a letter endorsing the project. 

Coming to Terms with Vaccination

One problem is that the term “fully vaccinated,” perpetuates the initial presumption that two Moderna or Pfizer doses are all that will ever be needed. Not so.

Why is the Biden Administration Slow-Walking Military Aid to Ukraine?

Might all the whingeing and slow walking of support be a matter of policy, not pusillanimity or red tape?

World Food Crisis as Ukraine Halts Grain Exports? There’s A Simple Solution (and a Silver Lining)

Governments spend large sums to nudge their societies away from fossil fuels. But they make no such effort to promote a food transition matching that energy transition.

For Putin, Ukraine Is a Chance for a Soulless Leader to Reclaim Russia’s Soul

Putin seems to think Russia has lost its soul and his destiny is to win it back—literally, by brute and extremely brutal force, inch by bloody inch across Ukraine.

Putin’s Ukraine Invasion: An Ominous WWI Parallel

Germany was destined to undo what one of its politicians called Britain’s “intolerable hegemony” over the world. Substitute “America’s” and the words could be Xi’s or Putin’s.

Irreverent Afterthoughts on Our Afghanistan Misadventures

Rumsfeld’s gone and Bush and Cheney have the sense to keep their heads down. But their neocon cheerleaders (Bill Kristol!) have risen from their crypts to pile onto Biden and proclaim that we coulda shoulda woulda won in Afghanistan. It’s a bumper crop of shamelessness.