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Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Dec 12th, 2017

It is perhaps difficult to imagine metals falling from the sky, but fall they do.  Pollution of roadside soils and lake waters by the atmospheric deposition of lead and mercury...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Dec 5th, 2017

As you may be looking forward to a holiday vacation on cross-country or alpine ski slopes, it is worth looking at the impacts of skiing on the environment, and vice-versa....

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Nov 28th, 2017

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with outdoor Christmas lights.  Growing up in northern Ohio, my father always waited until a few days before Christmas to begin stringing the lights...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Nov 21st, 2017

Most plants respond to warm and cold temperatures. Give them a few warm days in spring and they will begin to grow.  Give them a few cool days in autumn,...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Nov 14th, 2017

It’s been more than 50 years since Rachel Carson penned Silent Spring, exciting public interest in the impacts of chemicals that we add to the environment in pursuit of a better...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Nov 7th, 2017

Ecologists spend a lot of time talking about productivity and diversity.  These terms are used somewhat differently than in daily conversation, so it’s worth discussing the differences here.

For ecologists,...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Oct 31st, 2017

“Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” is a quotation attributed to Ben Franklin. Today, some folks think they can (or should) avoid taxes, but death...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Oct 24th, 2017

We had some crisp fall weather a few days ago, and while bird watching, I noted a large number of jet contrails coming from the east as the afternoon flights...

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