Monthly Archives: April 2015

Boron and the Permian extinction: a glimpse into the past gives a hint of the future

The world looked very different 250 million years ago during the Permian era. The supercontinent Pangaea clung to the Equator and stretched its limbs all the way to the Poles. The climate was warming as the glaciers receded. Trilobites, the … Continue reading

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Earth Day spotlight: A survey of the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

“Today (April 22nd) is Earth Day, and marks the 45th anniversary of what many credit with launching the modern environmental movement in the U.S. in 1970. The idea for Earth Day apparently came to the founder, Gaylord Nelson, then a … Continue reading

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The downfall of coal: job trends in a changing energy landscape

Recent years have not been good to the coal industry. Through the 20th century, the industry had a strong clamp on electricity generation with coal-fired power plants littering the US landscape. Electricity demand had been growing steadily, and coal executives … Continue reading

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Eyes on Environment: the organic side of fracking

“Let’s begin with a riddle – what do insecticides, make-up removers, and antiperspirants have in common with hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, the booming industrial process that removes natural gas from underground shale formations? The answer – organic compounds contained in … Continue reading

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Evolving Alaskan habitats: how global warming may disrupt the prey-predator balance

The polar bear scrambling onto a small piece of floating ice is the emotional icon of global warming.  We know that dramatic loss of sea ice is threatening their habitat and will likely reduce their population and change their distribution.  But … Continue reading

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Eyes on Environment post: cultural and environmental impact of big solar

Eighty miles east of Palm Springs, California, eight million solar panels lean toward the sky, their deep blue shine a modern oasis interrupting the brown dust of the Mojave Desert.  Known as Desert Sunlight, the solar power plant is the … Continue reading

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