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Jul15

Saving the bees

Honeybee on Flower

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In recent years, bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate.  According to the Department of Agriculture, managed honeybee colonies lost almost a quarter of their numbers over the past winter alone.  These rapid declines in bees and other pollinators in the United States threaten billions of dollars in crops. (more…)

Jul14

The warm Pacific caused our weird winter

pacific ocean

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Last winter was one of the coldest on record in the American Midwest.  Northeastern cities were buried in snow.  Meteorologists kept talking about the “polar vortex”.  And meanwhile, western states were unseasonably warm and were stricken by drought.  By all accounts, it was a weird winter. (more…)

Jul11

Cleaning up with fungus

Abandoned Industrial Site

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Dealing with contaminated soils in industrial and former industrial sites is a continuing problem for society.  People employ a variety of methods for removing or remediating persistent organic chemicals in these places.  Techniques such as capping, excavation, and even incineration have all been used at one point or another.  All the methods have their problems and most are quite expensive. (more…)

Jul10

Ecosystems need predators

salt marsh

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Salt marshes are extremely important ecosystems.  They shield coasts from flooding, they remove pollutants from water, and they are the baby nurseries for many kinds of fish.  In recent years, salt marshes in places like the coastlines of New England have been dying off. (more…)

Jul09

Solar jet fuel

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Transportation accounts for more than a quarter of the world’s energy consumption and most of that is in the form of ordinary gasoline.  Jet fuel, which is primarily composed of kerosene, accounts for about 6% of refinery production worldwide but contributes about 12% of CO2 emissions.  Jet fuel is also a big part of airlines’ operating costs.  As a result, there are good reasons to seek sustainable and economical alternatives. (more…)

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