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Rose Industry
Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Rose Industry In North America, Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest gathered local rose species for food and medicinal purposes. Rose hips were used for tonics and rose leaves were used for poultices and teas. When English settlers came to the East Coast, they were very taken with the native wild rose species and sent Rosa virginiana...

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Hispaniola Deforestation
Thursday, 07 July 2016
Hispaniola Deforestation As natural resources continue to become scarce, countries that depend on these resources will be in trouble. Already, Hispaniola’s countries are being impacted by tension between the high demand for charcoal and the desire to conserve native forest ecosystems...

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Controlled Burns
Thursday, 26 May 2016
Controlled Burns A forest fire in Stanislaus National Forest destroyed 402 square miles of Northern Californian land back in August of 2013. The fire was able to grow quickly due to the large amount of extremely dry brush, oaks, and pines in the area. Since this fire, known as the Rim Fire...

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Reforestation
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Reforestation Deforestation is transforming a forest into cleared land by cutting or burning down trees. Reforestation, on the other hand, refers to planting trees on land that had recent tree cover, meaning it was recently a forest. Afforestation is another act of planting trees, but it occurs on land that has not been forested either in historical time or in the...

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Soil Compaction
Wednesday, 09 March 2016
Soil Compaction Treading on farms with heavy machinery can lead to soil compaction. This is just one example of the debate over whether technology is more of a blessing or a menace playing out. However, with the ever-growing needs of the population that has to be fed, we have become slaves to emerging technology. A study carried out by the Research Council of Norway...

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Soil Degradation
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Soil  Degradation Soil is perhaps one of the most overlooked and least understood natural resources of planet Earth. Soil is estimated to cover approximately 10 percent of our planet. To most, soil is nothing more than a murky brown substance from which plants sprout as part of the natural cycle of agriculture...

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Urbanization
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Urbanization It is estimated that by the year 2030 the world’s urban population will have increased by 2 billion people. In fact, between the years 2000 and 2010, Shanghai’s population alone increased by 65.6 percent! Judging from these statistics, it seems likely that our...

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What is Fertilizer
Thursday, 05 June 2014
What is Fertilizer Our society is intricately bound to fertilizer. 200 years ago, prominent English economist Thomas Malthus predicted an imminent collapse of populations around the world centered on an idea that food production could never meet the growth rate of an exponentially multiplying...

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Methane Greenhouse Gas
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Methane  Greenhouse Gas How much do you know about the perils of a carbon and its four hydrogen friends—otherwise known as methane? The environmental media is usually inundated with a list of carbon related discussions that is inexhaustible. It is fair to say that the psyche of the greeniac has long... Methane Greenhouse Gas article/methane-greenhouse-gases.jpg

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Effects of Drugs
Thursday, 08 May 2014
Effects of Drugs The illegal drug industry is always a controversial topic. However, the environmental impact of producing and transporting these drugs is unfortunately often overlooked. The most commonly used drugs – marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin – pose considerable threats...

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Nitrogen Cycle
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Nitrogen Cycle Nitrogen, the seventh element of the periodic table, is a rather underrated but critical component to the functioning of all life on Earth. The colorless, odorless, and tasteless di-nitrogen (N2) gas constitutes 78 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. Besides its prevalence in the air we breathe, nitrogen is essential to the building blocks of life, namely, our...

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World Biomes
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
World Biomes The planet Earth is one very large, complex, and diverse system that came together in an extremely unlikely, yet almost serendipitous event. Operating under intricate biological, physical, chemical, and environmental conditions, life on Earth is rather delicate and is reliant upon a multitude of factors. The most comprehensive way of digesting...

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Ozone Hole
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Ozone Hole We hear about the “ozone hole” regularly in the news, but what exactly does this mean? Let’s take a look at this environmental and human health problem of a depleting ozone layer. Ozone—the triatomic natural wonder of chemistry that unusually pairs three oxygen atoms—forms nature’s contiguous sun screen against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that emanates...

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Ozone and the Environment
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Ozone and the Environment When most of us think of ozone, we think of sun protection and something good for our health and the environment. But did you know that there is also a negative size of our dear friend “ozone”? One might call this discussion the highs and lows of ozone. One of the central dogmas concerning...

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Food and Fuel
Thursday, 02 May 2013
Food and Fuel By the year 2050 the world population is estimated to be over 9 billion. Over the course of their lifetimes, each of these people will require a few essentials such as food, shelter, and utilities. To accommodate these needs academics and industry leaders are debating whether or not...

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Wetlands
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Wetlands Stinking, stagnant waters filled with mosquitoes and other bugs… oozing muck… Although wetlands don’t seem like the most appealing places to visit, they are a crucial part of the ecological chain. Wetlands provide resting places for birds, habitats for an astounding variety of species, transform runoff water from an environmental hazard to a productive...

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Land Grabbing
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Land Grabbing In global policy making, a huge issue that comes up with almost every discussion is the dichotomy between the geographical “North versus South,” or the “Developed versus the Developing” nations. Developed nations—such as the United States and countries incorporated into the European Union—are called upon by the developing world to contribute more...

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Soot
Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Soot Soot is made up of microscopic particles that are released from burning fossil fuels at different sources like power plants, smokestacks, diesel trucks, and wood-burning stoves. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released new soot regulations as its first major promulgation since the November 2012 Presidential election...

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San Diego Fires
Tuesday, 05 February 2013
San Diego Fires It was a typical Sunday morning with clear skies in the sunny San Diego, California, but once the clock struck noon, something strange filled the air. The air became musky and what seemed to be a dark cloud quickly consumed the blue skies. It was not until I turned on the news that I noticed the ashes flying freely with the wind and realized that the dark cloud...

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Acid Rain Solutions
Thursday, 03 January 2013
Acid Rain Solutions The numerous environmental and health issues surrounding acid rain have grasped headlines around the world as a very tangible and imminent threat in our quickly industrializing world. It is a dastardly culprit, destroying habitats and infrastructure while highlighting the more macroscopic issue of global warming that is often indicated by acid rain due...

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Carbon Dioxide
Monday, 26 November 2012
Carbon Dioxide Carbon dioxide has managed to capture headlines as an environmental risk in almost every corner of the globe—whether it be via a news broadcast or an environmental magazine. Although carbon dioxide (CO2) may hold the world title as the most commonly mentioned molecule in environmental blogs...

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Acid Rain
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Acid Rain Acid rain is a term used in virtually every environmental documentary and green outreach initiative, yet many of us are not sure what exactly acid rain has come to signify or its potentially severe implications in environmental balance. Quite simply, it is a matter of solubility...

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Landslides
Tuesday, 05 April 2011
Landslides If the last article on erosion did not get your attention, perhaps you will take erosion a bit more seriously when you see it forever alter infrastructure and entire housing communities. This time around, let’s look at more dramatic forms of erosion, including sinkholes, coastal erosion, and landslides. This does not discount the impact...

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Soil Erosion
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Soil Erosion When you think about saving the environment, what comes to mind? Perhaps you think about stopping deforestation, reducing pollution and harmful emissions, promoting biodiversity, or protecting the Earth’s waters—but how many times have you stopped and thought about soil erosion? According to David Pimentel, professor of ecology at Cornell...

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Deforestation
Friday, 04 February 2011
Deforestation Forests are disappearing at a rate of about 36 football fields per minute. That equates to an annual loss of 12-15 million hectares of forest, which is an area roughly the size of Costa Rica. The United States Forest Service defines “forest” as land that is at least one acre and at least 10 percent stocked with trees of any size. Forests...

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Amazon Trip
Tuesday, 01 February 2011
Amazon Trip The Amazon rainforest is not what television has made it out to be. It's not always teeming with wildlife, nor is it ever absent of human footprints. In the Peruvian Amazon, there's Iquitos, a city of more than 400,000 people, the largest city in the world that has no roads connecting it to the outside. I flew into Iquitos a few summers...

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US Land Use
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
U.S. Land Use Other countries may have thousand year-old cathedrals, cobble-streets, amongst many other national treasures, but the United States has land. Million-year-old geologic formations are our cathedrals, and our national parks, forests, and monuments pay tribute to and preserve these natural wonders for generations to come. I have been fortunate...

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Climate Change and Forests
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Climate Change and Forests Climate change and global warming are hot topics these days, and the public lands and forests owned and managed by the Federal government of the United States are not being overlooked. Federal Agencies such as the Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), and Department of Agriculture (USDA), among others, are implementing...

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Clearcutting
Monday, 22 June 2009
Clearcutting Since the 1960's, clearcutting has been one of the most controversial methods of logging in the logging industry. On the other hand, it has remained the most widely used method in United States national forests. Clearcutting simply is the practice of cutting down all the trees in an area and growing new, even-aged trees in their place...

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Santa Barbara Fires
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Santa Barbara Fires Santa Barbara made history in May of 2009 with the Jesusita fire. After two other separate and significant fires within just 10 months of the Jesusita and a total of four major fires in two years, residents were scratching their heads wondering when the threat of another natural disaster would finally subside. But the truth is that fire is a...

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National Parks in the US Ecotourism at its Best
Monday, 15 December 2008
National Parks in the U.S.: Ecotourism at its Best! Many of us use the holidays as a time to stay home and rest, but some of us use the holiday season as an opportunity to travel. If you are one with a travel bug, try taking the environment into consideration with your trip planning this year. With over 390 National Park Service areas covering more than 84 million acres across the United States...

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Hydromulch
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
Hydromulch In 2008 it would have been hard not to notice the abundance of wildfires. California was by far hit the hardest, burning in areas such as San Diego, Santa Barbara, Yosemite, and Redding. Other states like Florida and Texas were also witness to this natural, yet destructive process. Millions of dollars of federal spending were dedicated to fighting them...

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Wildfires
Friday, 27 June 2008
Wildfires For residents of the Bay Area, late-June usually signifies getaways up to Lake Tahoe, wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma County, camping trips to Big Sur, or festival fun in the city. This year, we are experiencing something a little different: eerily hazy skies, smoke-filled air, and soot. The smoggy skies are a result of about 1,100 wildfires burning...

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