Category Archives: Science

Handle with care

Tweet [This recent editorial in the journal Nature captures one of our central challenges as a global society so well that I quote the article here in full. The article refers specifically to a forest in Poland that is among … Continue reading

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Grading the presidential candidates in science

Tweet In the last few months we have learned a lot about John McCain’s heroic service and travails as a prisoner of war, about Barack Obama’s history on the streets of Chicago, and we are beginning to learn — with … Continue reading

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Biodiversity and the limits to growth

Tweet We hear frequently in the news these days that earth is in the midst of a mass extinction. To many people this is difficult to believe, thanks in part to the vigorous efforts at obfuscation by the likes of … Continue reading

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An administration that believes in science

Tweet “Imagine — in four months we could have an administration in Washington that believes in science.” That was our former Governor, who brought both parties together to save Virginia from the disastrous policies of previous Governor Jim Gilmore; the … Continue reading

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The blue and the green

Tweet Carnivals, that is. The latest incarnations are now online. Blue at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Notes blog. And, on a related note, oceanophiles may also enjoy checking out Rick MacPherson’s links to various marine-themed blogs he likes here … Continue reading

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But somebody’s got to do it

Tweet Egad, it’s been a month again. Just thought I’d drop a note to let concerned readers know that I am indeed still alive. For the last two weeks, I’ve been pedal-to-the-metal doing field research in the Caribbean, around the … Continue reading

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The disappearing Chesapeake?

Tweet The National Wildlife Federation has just released an important new report “Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Habitats of the Chesapeake Bay“, which provides the most detailed and comprehensive view yet of the likely impacts of climate change on specific habitats … Continue reading

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Herbert S. Zim: Natural Patriot

Tweet Over the last few weeks, while piddling around the project site (i.e., yard), pulling weeds, attempting to ferret out the invaders from the natives, puzzling over bugs, and pondering where I might site a small pond (and how to … Continue reading

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Live from EarthFest 2008

Tweet OK, not exactly live — It’s a day after the fact.  But who would have paid attention if this read: Yesterday from EarthFest! Yesterday I participated in EarthFest 2008, sponsored jointly by NASA Langley and Christopher Newport University here in … Continue reading

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Get ’em outside

Tweet Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

  See also here to get involved. The US House of Representatives’ Education and Labor Committee is currently considering the No Child Left Behind Act (summary of the … Continue reading

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