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Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Dec 5th, 2018

In the face of evaluating human impacts on nature, environmental scientists have struggled to define a healthy ecosystem. The most successful definitions focus on the attributes of the ecosystem—for instance,...

Music Review
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Nov 26th, 2018

Clothing has assumed a major economic role in human society ever since we began to wear animal skins.  Along with the provision of food, shelter and fuels, the manufacture of...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Nov 13th, 2018

In the past, I’ve written on how air pollution affects human health, focusing on how breathing fine particles—PM2.5 or particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter—can increase the risk of heart...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Nov 6th, 2018

One cannot help but wonder how biochemistry and molecular biology have made such rapid and quantum leaps in scientific understanding, while ecology has languished.

There are accepted factual truths in...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Oct 29th, 2018

There has always been a little bit of mercury, chromium and vanadium circulating in the environment.   Some of these elements are useful to industrial processes, so human emissions of them...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Oct 23rd, 2018

On September 30, I rotated off the Science Advisory Board (SAB) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after two 3-year terms. The SAB is composed of environmental scientists and...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Oct 16th, 2018
I could probably fill a bookcase with what’s been written about carbon fees, aka carbon taxes. I’ve written and blogged about a carbon tax before: (https://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/beyond-keystone-xl-how-to-win-the-war/ ). A new...
Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Oct 10th, 2018

The global production of plant matter on agricultural land totals about 5.25 billion metric tons per year.   As most gardeners and farmers know, plant growth increases when the soil is...

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