When a specific color makes the news, it’s usually because some committee somewhere, after months of studying design and shopping trends, declares a Color of the Year. This week, in a far less frivolous designation, the color white was reported to be crucial to the ease of our survival. Apparently the reflective properties of our brilliantly white snow caps do more to control thaw and water runoff, than warming temperatures. (Just like dark roofs absorb and trap more heat.) The dust is – unsurprisingly – caused by us humans, and our various activities, as we ravage the land we inhabit. The darker color of the accumulated dust causes the snow to absorb more of the sun’s rays, in turn causing it to thaw more quickly – setting in motion all kinds of increased difficulties – both in managing our water supply, as well as controlling wildfires. Not a very uplifting vignette, but this report har looped through my head ever since. It intensifies my feeling that we are burning our candle from both ends.