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Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue May 2nd, 2017

Most of us know how well snow and ice reflect sunlight, often blinding us on a sunny day after a fresh snowfall.  The reflection of sunlight from the surface of...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 25th, 2017

Chromium is a corrosion-resistant metal, used to produce stainless steel and to plate automobile trim and bumpers.  Less well-known is the use of chromium in the tanning process to preserve leather....

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Apr 18th, 2017

Sea level is destined to rise as much as 110 cm during the remainder of this century. Worldwide, it’s rising at a rate of more than one inch each decade...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 10th, 2017

Undoubtedly when 1816 unfolded as “The Year Without A Summer” there was widespread anxiety among farmers.  Crop failures were global.  Half-a-world away the explosive eruption of the Tambora volcano in 1815 had...

Citizen Scientist
by Kevin T. McEneaney in Environment
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Mon Apr 3rd, 2017

The concept of household water use is fairly easy to grasp—total water use is measured by the municipal water company and per capita water use is calculated by dividing by...

by Kevin T. McEneaney in Environment
Wed Mar 29th, 2017

Salamanders are amphibians most abundant in the northern hemisphere. In legend salamanders remain associated with fire, perhaps because when salamanders are dunked in fermented substances they are reputed to impart...

Citizen Scientist
by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Mar 28th, 2017

The New York Times reports that most Americans believe that our climate is changing, and a majority of them feel that the combustion of coal should be scaled back.  But,...

by Bill Schlesinger in Environment
Tue Mar 21st, 2017

Reports that the world’s oceans showed a two percent decline in oxygen content over the past 50 years gathered a lot of press attention a couple of weeks ago. This...

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