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Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Feb 9th, 2017

When science informed policy?

 

At any moment, science gives us its best explanation of reality. It proceeds by rigorous tests of hypotheses through observation and experimentation.  For centuries, we...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Feb 2nd, 2017
  1. Carbon dioxide is rising as a component of Earth’s atmosphere (NOAA, 2017).
  2. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has not been this high for the past 5
  3. ...
Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Jan 30th, 2017

The Clean Water Act focused on water pollution from human sewage outflow, which has now been markedly reduced across the nation.  Later we realized that the effective control of water...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Sat Jan 21st, 2017

The globalized future is upon us. We see it in the environment, where carbon dioxide emitted anywhere on Earth affects the climate for all of us, everywhere. We see it...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jan 10th, 2017

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Back in 1990, when we realized that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were depleting stratospheric ozone, the countries of the world signed the Montreal...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jan 3rd, 2017

I love an inadvertent experiment that shows how the world works.   For years, electric power companies denied having much impact on nitric oxide emissions to the atmosphere, pointing to emissions...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Dec 28th, 2016

About 18,000 years ago, vast sheets of ice covered most of Siberia, Canada and the northeastern United States. Then, suddenly, the ice began to melt. There was a reversal in...

by Dianne Engleke in Environment
Wed Dec 21st, 2016

Welcoming a new Holstein calf at Willow Brook, the Beneke family farm in Millerton, NY

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