Earth Day made a huge difference in my life

I can distinctly remember what got me interested in environmental issues. When I was in 3rd grade I had this really amazing teacher who taught us about the environment. It was my first exposure to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” and she taught us about things we could do to help improve the environment. I was a little skeptical at first especially because my parents told me she was crazy. But I went with my instinct and on...

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Ecological restoration is imperative

Regardless of dictionary definitions, anyone who has ever restored a car or a house knows that it is not only possible, it is also a rewarding experience that allows one to regain use of something that has been damaged or fallen into disrepair. But no one expects a restored house to be the same house that it was before. The paint may be the same color, but if lead paint was used something less toxic would now be substituted. No one...

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Facing the prospect of rapid warming

Fossil trees in Antarctica show us that climate has changed greatly in the past. Suppose the current warming is just part of a longer trend that we can’t do anything about? It is worth looking at what we know about global climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels for the past 10,000 years—the Holocene. That period includes the entire history of organized human society—culture, trade, language, money, agriculture and...

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Helping the developing world adapt to climate change

Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio discusses “The role of ecological theory and practice in poverty alleviation and environmental conservation,” in the latest Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The daily challenges of survival in the developing world are often fundamentally ecological in nature. The world’s poorest people are highly dependent on ecosystem services to provide food, clean water, and energy in the form of...

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