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Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Oct 1st, 2018

Rapidly curtailing the CO2 and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuel use takes on greater urgency by the day. However, replacing fossil fuels with biomass for energy at large...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Sep 24th, 2018

Adapted from an op-ed in the Raleigh News and Observer, 21 September 2018

We have dramatically reduced illness and mortality from infectious disease through the miracles of modern medicine, vaccination, and public...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Sep 17th, 2018

Do you ever wonder what happens to all the rain (and snow) that falls on land? Despite dramatic flash flooding after big storms, studies of the fate of precipitation over...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Sep 10th, 2018

A few years ago, I measured photosynthesis of algae that inhabit the underside of translucent quartz pebbles in the Mojave Desert of California. When I first saw them in the...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Aug 29th, 2018

When I read this blog post by our friend Bryan Pfeiffer, a New England naturalist based at the University of Vermont, I thought it should get wider circulation.  So, I...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Aug 23rd, 2018

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In studies of identical twins only 27% showed the co-occurrence of breast cancer, suggesting that 73% of breast cancers...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Wed Aug 15th, 2018

There are striking parallels between the 1998 legal settlement with the tobacco companies and ongoing lawsuits that blame the big oil companies for the costs of climate change.

Tobacco spent...

Translational Ecololgy
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Aug 7th, 2018

Ecologists are embracing the potential to increase the storage of carbon in terrestrial ecosystems.  This could reduce the build-up of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere.  At least a portion of...

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