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by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Aug 1st, 2017

We often forget that some of today’s obvious and formidable environmental problems were not recognized without tedious long-term studies by dedicated scientists with a hunch. Dave Keeling began to measure...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Sun Jul 30th, 2017

There is no doubt that the human impact on nature—our ecological footprint—is huge.  Forest has been cleared from vast areas of land, some of which is cultivated to provide our...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Jul 20th, 2017

Like all plants, the phytoplankton of the oceans need a variety of nutrients to conduct their biochemistry—nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, and perhaps as many as 25 other elements. In large areas...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Fri Jul 14th, 2017

I just don’t get it.  We have the best science available in the world for studies of climate.  It tells us that humans are changing the climate and warming the...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Jul 5th, 2017

Contrary to the alternative universe of our President, carbon dioxide continues to accumulate in Earth’s atmosphere, the planet is getting warmer, and both trends are destined to continue until we...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jun 27th, 2017

One of the iconic theories in ecology, which has withstood decades of rigorous experimental tests, is the Theory of Island Biogeography developed by Robert MacArthur and E.O. Wilson in the...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jun 20th, 2017

Most people accept that coal is a dirty fuel:  Dirty to mine, dirty to burn, and dirty to dispose of the ash.  Already there is a shift away from coal-fired...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Jun 14th, 2017

Farmers have tilled agricultural soils since Biblical times, and cultivated land still dominates our food production. But, a number of years ago, the practice of no-till agriculture was adopted in...

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