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by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Sun Apr 19th, 2015

Coal combustion in the US, largely in power plants, generates ~130 million tons of ash each year.  Some ash is collected from the bed of combustion chambers (bottom ash), while...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 13th, 2015

As I sat in the audience of the NC BREATHE Conference in Raleigh a few weeks ago, I sensed a certain amount of schizophrenia between the science and policy of...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Fri Apr 10th, 2015

Are you a smoker or a former smoker? Chances are, you have been pressured to quit by people who love you.  Or maybe you’re someone who has tried to get...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 7th, 2015

It is worth reflecting on how trees contribute to our lives—beyond their role as a source of wood and paper. Should we preserve trees?  Are some species better than others?...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 7th, 2015

Biochar (formerly known as charcoal) has attracted a lot of recent attention, owing to increasing interest in carbon sequestration in soils for greenhouse gas mitigation. With the use of biomass...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 6th, 2015

Every now and again someone writes me saying that the real source of rising carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is not human combustion of fossil fuels but volcanic emissions....

by Bill Schelesinger in Environment
Sun Apr 5th, 2015

Bill Schlesinger, the retired president of the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, has been writing a blog from his home in Maine. He graciously agreed to share his Citizen Scientist...

by Tom Parrett in Environment
Tue Mar 31st, 2015

An overcapacity crowd at the Cary Institute last Friday evening had the edifying pleasure of listening to Kurt Fausch, a leading stream ecologist, author and lecturer, discuss his book For...