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The fruits of their labor

When we talk about environmental sustainability, we tend to think about actions that protect and preserve ecosystem processes. But from a different perspective, an essential requirement of sustainability is education:  teaching people about the environmental challenges we face, and teaching … Continue reading

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The purpose of public land

I thought Rick Santorum was going to be the anti-environmental presidential candidate, with his talk about global warming as a hoax perpetrated by left-wing scientists. But now I think Mitt Romney has an oar in this pool as well.  Apparently … Continue reading

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Vive la Biodiversite!

Last month I was fortunate to visit the  French Museum of Natural History in Paris (the Musee Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle, MNHN), where there is a great deal of  interesting work going on. At the lab I visited, a number of … Continue reading

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Rising seas

The current exhibition at the Wooster art gallery focuses on work by LTL architects, some of which was designed to address a problem:  the rising sea levels projected to result from global climate change. Another exhibit is an installation of … Continue reading

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A liberal education

Last year I posted about a workshop whose goal was to define environmental literacy. The workshop concluded that environmental literacy was not just about knowledge but also required some element of motivation or involvement. (The document that emerged from the … Continue reading

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Beyond ideology

In a New York Times piece earlier this week, columnist Thomas Edsall interviewed conservative scholars to ask what they thought the left got “right”. (An earlier piece asked liberals what the right got right.)  A common theme was that liberals were … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Biology professor Rick Lehtinen named two frog species last summer: http://www.wooster.edu/News-and-Events/News-Releases/2011/June/Lehtinen-Frogs Geology professor Mark Wilson has named several (though they are all extinct): http://woostergeologists.scotblogs.wooster.edu/2011/04/03/ http://www.cleveland.com/science/index.ssf/2010/02/ancient_clams_discovered_by_co.html Putting aside the question of why we care about new species… What’s the big deal … Continue reading

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New research on rain gardens

One source of environmental stress that many people aren’t aware of comes from the water that runs across the ground during rainstorms.  That water does what water typically does, which is go down: either into the storm drains or absorbed … Continue reading

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Take control of your life in 2012!

There’s nothing like New Year’s Day to make us feel like we can start over and do things right: this year I will stop procrastinating, exercise every day, be nicer to others, save money, eat more healthily… Of course, we … Continue reading

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Change is not so hard

One of the Environmental Psychology groups (Gwen Davis, Paige Piper, Margaret Raabe, Lauren Swinehart, Danny Tomes)  tackled the issue of bottled water. Here’s their description: Water bottles create 3 billion pounds of waste! This waste impacts the environment much more … Continue reading

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