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Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Feb 6th, 2018

As primates, humans evolved as a daylight species.  In the developed world, we now regularly subject ourselves to longer days through artificial lighting. Nights are also destined to become brighter...

Translational Ecology
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Environment
Tue Jan 30th, 2018

We all do it, mostly every day.  And, it causes environmental pollution.  It’s called poop, and it is a resource that should be used more efficiently.

When we eat food,...

Translational Ecology
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jan 23rd, 2018

In recent months, we have heard a lot about inequality—in race, gender and taxation. Traditionally, inequality has been related to the distribution of income or accumulated wealth in human society—a...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Jan 16th, 2018

I had to chuckle over the recent Wall Street Journal report that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had rejected Trump’s plans to subsidize the coal and nuclear power industries—to prop them...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Jan 8th, 2018

As we hear pressures to roll back some of the provisions that ensure clean air, largely in pursuit of unfettered  economic activity, it is worth spending a little time reflecting...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Thu Dec 28th, 2017

I’ve blogged on methane before. After a couple of years’ hiatus, the concentration of methane in the atmosphere resumed its rise, which has nearly tripled the historical concentration in the...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Dec 19th, 2017

Slightly less than a year ago, I used this blog to provide an open letter to Donald Trump regarding the environment (http://blogs.nicholas.duke.edu/citizenscientist/some-thoughts-for-the-new-president/).  My points were simple:

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Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Dec 12th, 2017

It is perhaps difficult to imagine metals falling from the sky, but fall they do.  Pollution of roadside soils and lake waters by the atmospheric deposition of lead and mercury...

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