Legacy Mercury

by Bill Schlesinger Legacy pollution occurs when emissions of a pollutant from long ago persist in the environment and return to impact us at a later time.  About 8 months…

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Recycling glass and other household stuff

by Bill Schlesinger Many folks feel good when they take waste materials to their local recycling center.  What they may not realize is that what they deliver—paper, cardboard, glass, plastic…

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Closing the Nutrient Loop

by Bill Schlesinger In preindustrial times, human excrement was recognized as a fertilizer; it was gathered up and delivered to farm fields by the “Honey Wagon.”   That was closed-loop nutrient…

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In/Out

by Bill Schlesinger Out                                                                        In ___________________________________________________________ Okefenokee Swamp                                    White Paint Non-stick pans   …

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Nitrogen in the Mississippi

NOAA forecasts average-sized 'dead zone by Bill Schlesinger I found a glimmer of good news last month amongst the scientific literature that I follow regularly.  Jien Zhang and his colleagues…

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Pogo is Worried

Okefenokee Swamp by Bill Schlesinger In the South of Georgia, the land of Pogo, lies Okefenokee Swamp, its waters held back from drainage to the sea by the presence of…

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The Thanksgiving Feast Python for bacon by Bill Schlesinger With the arrival of the pilgrims in 1620, the invasion of exotic species in North America began in earnest—annual grasses in…

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Hydrogen Fuels

by Bill Schlesinger "Up, Up and Away, my beautiful, my beautiful balloon." The Fifth Dimension, 1967 Hydrogen, like helium, is lighter than air.  You can fill balloons with hydrogen, and…

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Unextractable Fossil Fuels

"If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success." John D. Rockefeller by Bill Schlesinger Since the advent…

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Nuclear Winter

by Bill Schlesinger And you tell me over and over and over again, my friendAh, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction P.F. Sloan, 1964   In these months after…

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