Sustainable Development and Ecotourism
Seventeen brightly colored squares describe each of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. Sustainable cities and communities, goal number eleven, is a tidy row of white office buildings on a cheery orange background. It makes one of the world’s most pressing issues appear simple. We can solve that, a reader might think, while reading…
Stop Line 3
Originally posted on Cómo Se Dice Hippie: Spoiler alert: Will discuss plot from Tank Girl, but it came out in 1995 so you had plenty of time to see it.? Tank Girl started as a comic book drawn by Jamie Hewlett and written by Alan Martin that spotlights Tank Girl, her boyfriend Booga a…
Reflections on 2020
This year, I wrote fewer blog posts while also reaching more people than in any of the last six years. Most views came from the US, UK, or India. My top blog post was “A Lifeless Terrarium” – really, the one where I took pictures of some dirt in a tank and complained about how…
The Death of a Year
It’s snowing where I am right now and I’m reflecting on how grateful I am for all of the good things that 2019 brought. Here are the things I accomplished: Published my first coauthored peer-reviewed paper in a scientific journal Was included as a coauthor on another peer-reviewed paper in review Wrote my first grant…
The Virginia Iris can be found in marshes, wet pinelands, swamps, and wet meadows across the United States and Canada. When we discovered a cluster of wildflowers at this bog in Northern Wisconsin, they were around 4 feet high and looked nothing less than magical. We snapped a picture and continued our trek as the…
What Would a Farmer Do?
Have you ever wondered what farmers in Iowa think about climate change? Neither have I. But curiosity always strikes at midnight before a work week. Let’s talk about opinions on climate change in the so-called “Corn Belt” USA.
Jess Turner- Definearth
Originally posted on Green Power Garden State.: Pic by Jess Turner This is a fellow blogger who also has a passion for the environment named Jess Turner, a 22 year old environmentalist from New York. She grew up in her grandmother’s 15 acres of woods. She says that her appreciation for the environment was shaped by…
Interview with Kevin Trenberth
Kevin Trenberth is a research meteorologist and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado who works largely on analysis of global climate data, climate models and the effects of El Niño. Upon meeting Dr. Trenberth, I found him to be well-spoken with a down-to-earth yet amiable disposition. If you listen closely you…
When the Cat’s Away: Pumas in the Eastern United States – Part 1
Originally posted on The Jaguar: Despite its adaptability, the puma (AKA mountain lion, cougar, or Florida panther) has been extirpated from the eastern two-thirds of the United States. Mountain Lion by Forest Service Northern Region. CC BY 2.0 Introduction The following is a guest post from Jessica Turner, whom you may remember from this Q&A.…
If you’re ever stuck on a desert island and have the chance to bring three things, don’t fret about potable water. Save your three wishes for a designer bikini, Netflix, or something more worth your while. According to Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine, activated carbon from coconut hull is a more efficient filter than activated…
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