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by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Sep 19th, 2017

“Lord what fools these mortals be”

Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, 1595

For the moment, I sit on the Science Advisory Board (SAB) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ...

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

The Earth functions like a giant still.  Water evaporates from the equatorial regions and moves through the atmosphere, north and south. At least 80 percent of the excess heat received...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Sep 5th, 2017

The reported harvest of fish from the sea amounts to over 90 million tons (fresh weight) each year. Another 50 million tons/year of seafood is produced in aquaculture. This is...

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...

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