From green business and new environmental legislation to how nature impacts our environment in ways never before considered, Earth Wise offers a look at our changing environment.

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Jul23

Versatile duckweed

Alligator in Duckweed

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Duckweed is a tiny and extremely simple flowering aquatic plant that floats on or just beneath the surface of still or slow-moving bodies of fresh water.  It is an important high-protein food source for waterfowl and is even eaten by people in some places.  Duckweed is extremely fast growing and is capable of doubling its population in as little as 48 hours.  In warm climates, it can grow pretty much anywhere. (more…)

Jul22

Weed crops for a warming world

Wheat

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Rising temperatures, droughts and higher CO2 levels pose threats to the world’s food supply.  Grains like wheat and rice have been bred for centuries for productivity but are not well suited to a changing climate. (more…)

Jul21

Renewables changing of the guard

Niagara Falls Hydro Plant

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For well over a century, the primary source of renewable energy in the United States has been hydroelectric power. Hydro plants produce over 6% of the country’s electricity.  In places like New York State, home of Niagara Falls, the percentage is much higher. (more…)

Jul18

Commercial buildings and energy

Wall Street

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Buildings account for about 36% of America’s total energy use and 65% of our electricity consumption.  Commercial buildings use about 20% of the country’s energy and most of that is in the form of space heating, space cooling and lighting.  (more…)

Jul17

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic from the Pacific Ocean

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The Pacific Ocean hosts the largest trash dump on Earth.  It is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it’s at least as big as Texas but might be much larger.  Estimates are that it holds more than 3.5 million tons of garbage and at least 80% of it is plastic. (more…)

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