Category: environmental impact
How Ecotourism Isn’t Eco-friendly After All
Others believe ecotourism is not a successful development tool because it is not environmentally sustainable. As Regmi states at the end of his 2016 article, ecotourism is a short-term solution in poor countries, but when it is developed past the point that it is manageable by the environment, resource base, and local population, it becomes…
Mother Russia, Father Oil
A reindeer herder stares in dismay at the slick rainbow liquid suffocating the grass. It signifies another unreported spill by the oil and gas company that infiltrated the land some years back. The community has something of a partnership with the oil and gas company, despite the unfortunate outcomes for the local environment. Executives receive…
Paludiculture in Indonesia
Paludiculture in its true, eco-friendly form is a rare practice. I suspect this is because it requires traditional environmental knowledge about local ecosystems and is limited by regulations or competition surrounding resource use. First, let’s go over the different types of environmentally conscious agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is farming in a way that doesn’t destroy the…
Another wetland biography up on my blog – this time we travel to India!
Have Your Clothes and Eat Them Too
It started in the 1930’s. Hemp was painted as a dangerous product and ultimately banned by the US government, under heavy influence from industry tycoons who produced competing products such as nylon, plastic, cotton, and paper. How could something so useful be criminalized and banned when it has a strong history of usefulness and low…
Allequash Creek Wetland
Despite the fact that wetlands have a relatively colorless appearance and are somewhat of an inhospitable environment for many species, these kinds of ecosystems are clandestinely buzzing with land-atmosphere interactions. Just last month, I explored Allequash Creek Wetland in Northern Wisconsin with the USGS to collect aquatic chemistry and CH4/CO2 measurements and to gain a…
Whether or not bicyclists obey the bike light installed on the bike path near my apartment is up for debate. What’s important is that it’s there. As a new resident of a bustling city, I got to thinking what makes one place more sustainable than another. Determining factors of a sustainable city will vary depending on…
What a Superfund Site Really Looks Like
This past week I took a trip to the old Bethlehem Steel site in Buffalo, NY. Although the general public is prohibited from the site while remediation is going on, I was allowed to tour the site with two engineers as guides. I got the chance to see what a Superfund Site truly looks like,…
Exotic Pet Ownership
Lately I’ve been pondering what type of pet I’d like to own when I finally move out of my college dorm and into the real word. During my time searching the interwebs, I discovered several exotic and even wild animals that I could easily purchase online, such as sugar gliders and even fennec foxes. After…
The Garbage Patch
After studying the environment at university for four years, I have written over 60 blog posts on environmental issues, formulated a personal memoir on my life as an environmentalist, and maintained an environmental news page. Despite all this, I haven’t done everything in my power to end environmental issues.
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