Recycling glass and other household stuff

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 bottles, and cans—are not materials that in in short supply.  ...
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Closing the Nutrient Loop

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 cycling at its best, as the nutrient content food was ...
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In/Out

In/Out

by Bill Schlesinger Out                                                                        In ___________________________________________________________ Okefenokee Swamp                                    White Paint Non-stick pans                        ...
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Nitrogen in the Mississippi

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 at Iowa State University use a large database to find ...
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Pogo is Worried

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 a ridge of sandy deposits known as Trail Ridge that ...
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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 the west, meadow weeds in the east, starlings and house ...
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Hydrogen Fuels

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 they will rise and float away.  Hydrogen is in vogue ...
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Unextractable Fossil Fuels

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 of the Industrial Revolution, we’ve added about 950 billion metric ...
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Nuclear Winter

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 our withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. citizens may feel remote from ...
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Plastics Everywhere

Plastics Everywhere

Plastic waste mountain by Bill Schlesinger With increasing frequency, we hear of the accumulation of plastic waste and its persistence in the global environment. This is not a newly emerging environmental problem; it began 70 years ago with the proliferation ...
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