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by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Aug 30th, 2017

Sea ice covers the surface of the Arctic Ocean.  It forms by the seasonal freezing of sea water at the surface.  In the Arctic, sea ice reaches its minimum extent...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Aug 22nd, 2017

In the past few months, I have met several people who have asked me if I was really worried about what the Trump administration was doing to the environment.  The...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Aug 15th, 2017

Few of us get our water from a clean mountain brook.

Next time you fill a glass of water from the tap, you should realize that just a few days...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Aug 8th, 2017

In the politically-charged world of climate change, an important paper appeared in Science last month, written by Solomon Hsiang and 11 others, assessing the regional impacts of the projected changes in climate...

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...

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