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Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon May 20th, 2019

If you are like most people, you have probably never heard of carbonyl sulfide, even though it is the most abundant sulfur gas in Earth’s atmosphere. Carbonyl sulfide is a...

Music Review
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu May 9th, 2019

By many accounts, humans have dramatically reduced the number of fish in the sea. About 15 years ago, Myers and Worm estimated that global fish stocks of the most desirable...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 22nd, 2019

Forty-nine years ago today, we celebrated the first Earth Day. Environmental degradation had grown too obvious to ignore, and scientists demanded action. President Nixon moved to create the Environmental Protection...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Apr 11th, 2019

The latest issue of Science contains an article describing the worldwide decline of amphibian populations due to the international spread of chytridiomycosis, a lethal fungal disease, largely as a result...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 2nd, 2019

On several occasions, I’ve used this column to espouse the benefits of a lower rate of human population growth. Invariably I hear that I have missed the point; many claim...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Mar 27th, 2019

Reports of pollution by discarded plastic products crowd the pages of the popular press reporting on the environment. I’ve blogged on plastics before; see https://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/microplastics/. This is an update...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Mar 19th, 2019

Green plants contain an enzyme, known as Rubisco, which captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and uses it to build the sugars that plants use to grow and we use...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Fri Mar 8th, 2019

Agriculture accounts for about 1/3 of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, so it is with some enthusiasm that I would embrace efforts by agronomists to reduce these forms of pollution....

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