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Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
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...

Translational Ecololgy
Thu Dec 27th, 2018

All children are fascinated by farts. So are atmospheric chemists.

Farts are produced by anaerobic (without oxygen) digestion in the intestine. About 1% of flatulence is composed of malodorous, volatile...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Dec 18th, 2018

It used to be that young children wondered about the reality of Santa Claus. Would Santa show up on Christmas Eve?  And parents turned the whole controversy to good ends...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Dec 12th, 2018

It is well established that environmental impact is determined by the number of people on the planet multiplied by their resource demands. Both factors contribute to total impact,

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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...

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