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What's In / What's Out

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger
Tue Jan 1st, 2019

Every year the Washington Post publishes a list of “What’s Out and What’s In” for Washington, D.C. On New Year’s Day, we always spend a few minutes with friends trying to guess “What’s In.” I thought it might be fun to do the same for environmental science and policy, even though this list of about 20 is rather depressing.

 

 

What’s Out                                                            What’s In

 

 

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Precautionary Principle                                  Risk

 

 

Endangered Species                                         Trophy Hunting

 

 

Forest Fires                                                           Raking the forests

 

 

Air Pollution Controls                                     Premature Death

 

 

Carbon Taxes                                                       Budget Deficits

 

 

Native Wildlife                                                    Feral Cats

 

 

Climate Change                                                  It could change back

 

 

Bear’s Ears                                                            Coal Mines

 

 

Renewable Energy                                            Natural Climate Solutions

 

 

Carbon Dioxide                                                  Methane

 

 

Pastafarianism                                                    Creationism

 

 

Clean Water                                                        Developing Wetlands

 

 

Marine Protected Areas                                Fisheries Depletion

 

 

The  Paris Accord                                             America will have a great climate

 

 

Deliberative  Discourse                                 The Wall

 

 

Ducks Unlimited                                                Unlimited AR-15s

 

 

Mass Transit                                                        Parking Decks

 

 

Sea-level Rise                                                      Houses on Stilts

 

 

Epidemiology Studies                                     Strengthening Transparency

 

 

Pollinators                                                             GMO Crops

 

 

Windmills                                                              Off-shore Oil

 

 

Fuel-efficiency standards                            Big Beautiful Cars

 

 

Peer Review                                                        Alternative Facts