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Posts from the ‘Environmental’ Category

  • October 10th, 2018

    The 4 Rs: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Tweet School’s been back in session for at least a month, so the 3 Rs are well underway. Besides, with texting and tablets, the old reading, writing and ‘rithmetic are kind of anachronistic. Do kids even learn to write their names in script anymore? But we digress. The 4 Rs are perennial — and more [...]

  • September 19th, 2018

    Feet of Clay: Your Achilles’ Heel

    Tweet If you’re an artist, clay can be a wonderful medium. You mold and shape the vision in your mind on a potter’s wheel, fire the piece in the kiln, and voilà: a beautiful sculpture for the house, or perhaps the first in an inspired line of earthenware. But just because clay is useful in [...]

  • September 5th, 2018

    Learning Curve

    Tweet It’s back-to-school season, and while kids everywhere sigh and wish for just a few more days of summer freedom, we know a lot of them love learning and look forward to what they’ll discover in the classroom this year. Because, of course, growing up is a process, as our brains and bodies develop over [...]

  • August 1st, 2018

    Behaving As If Nature Were A Business

    Tweet Speaker, naturalist and photographer Steve Kaye poses the intriguing inquiry: Suppose you were hired to be CEO of Nature. How would you run this business? Obviously it will need to be both economically andecologically profitable. But the business can’t be sold or merged: Nature is a closed system. And if you make the wrong choices, bankruptcy [...]

  • July 25th, 2018

    Block That Spill!

    Tweet In football, cheerleaders sometimes chant, “Block that kick!” Other sports use similar lingo to keep the spectators enthused and the team amped up for a win. The spill containment field doesn’t employ a cheer squad per se, though anyone who works in environmental services is doubtless jubilant when a spill is averted or minimized. ISHN [...]

  • July 3rd, 2018

    Safe Waters: Teaching Kids About Oil Spills

    Tweet Teaching the next generation about oil spills and safety isn’t for the faint of heart. Children’s attention spans are generally focused on right now, which was true even before the Age of Screens. But one ecological nonprofit is turning this assumption on its well washed ear. Matter of Trust.org is a group of eco [...]

  • March 28th, 2018

    Emission or Absorption?

    Tweet In an intriguing novel called Chemistry, by Weike Wang (who holds a chemistry degree), she writes, “A laser is colorful by emission. It is green because it emits light. It is not like a leaf that is green because it absorbs red light…In this way, a green laser is a purer form of color [...]

  • March 21st, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 4: Bioremediation

    Tweet Bioremediation — microbes eating oil spills — has taken the energy industry by storm. Oil companies love it because they can pretend oil spills are no longer a threat to the environment, and will just go away with nature’s help. But… The first law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of conservation of [...]

  • February 7th, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 3: Corn Cob

    Tweet Everybody loves corn on the cob. It’s a staple of summer picnics. What could be better? Corn on the cob is delicious. But corn cob, used as an adsorbent, is hazardous. For one, it’s biodegradable, which means it will break down and release whatever it has absorbed back into the environment — the worst [...]

  • January 10th, 2018

    Hazardous Adsorbents, Part 2: Coconut Husk

    Tweet Nutritionists have been singing the praises of coconut for years. Touted benefits of coconut oil, for instance, include everything from boosting immunity to balancing hormones, aiding digestion to beautifying skin and hair. Coconut water is a delicious, almost calorie-free beverage, and coconut butter, a yummy, heart-healthy alternative on toast. What a versatile fruit! But [...]