Category Archives: society and the environment

Sounding out the impacts of urbanization on lakes

If you are wondering why you seem stressed out lately, it could be the noise around you. My co-authors (Britta Padgham and Julian Olden) and I just published an article in the journal PLoS One which showed that environmental noise … Continue reading

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If a fish could write your water bill

A few months ago, I posted Why the mayor wants you to have a green lawn: The dark side of water conservation where I “exposed” the open secret of declining support for water conservation programs. Water managers call it “the … Continue reading

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Why the mayor wants you to have a green lawn: the dark side of water conservation

I recently met a new acquaintance (who shall remain nameless) that works in an agency (also nameless) that supplies water to a medium-sized metropolitan area (let’s call it “Somewhere, WA”). Over coffee, where I traded my stories in freshwater research … Continue reading

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The Farmer & The Cowman 2012: Whose water is it, anyway?

The famous team of Rogers & Hammerstein, who wrote musicals during the 1930’s-1950’s, are generally less well known for environmental law commentary as much as hummable classics like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”.  But their musicals … Continue reading

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Would you give up a latte to fund science? Crowdfunding for research

At some point in the last 10 years, a latte has become the currency of self-sacrifice needed to fuel any cause (as in, “for the cost of a daily latte, you could save for retirement”).  So naturally, when I started … Continue reading

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The IPad, the 8-year old, and The Matrix

My stepdaughter is 8 years old, and loves video games. We try to broaden her horizons and bribe her into trying out the outdoors, but it’s a constant battle against the onslaught of new and shiny technology which makes the … Continue reading

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