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“Mother Nature doesn’t do bailouts.”

Is the current economic crisis, stuff an ecological crisis? This is essential the question Thomas Friedman is asking in his latest NY Times Op-Ed: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What …

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Stimulus Bill: Where the money goes

Here is a nice graphic (PDF) summarizing the stimulus money programs.  H/T Environmental Economics who writes on the climate change aspects of the bill: I’m sure that the green energy subsidies will substitute, at least for a time, for policy …

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What got cut from the stimulus bill

This absolutely infuriates me.  From CNN, “a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the Senate economic stimulus bill.  Some of the cuts: • $3.5 billion for energy-efficient …

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The science of stream restoration

NY Times science has a good article on the science of stream restoration. Reading this I couldn’t help but think of The Onondaga Creek Conceptual Revitalization Plan. The best approach for stream restoration “is to create landforms and water flows …

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Richard Florida: Who’s Your City?

I happened to catch a little of our favorite urbanist, Richard Florida, on talk of the Nation yesterday. In case anyone is interested here is the NPR link- Why ‘Where’ Is More Important than ‘Who’ or ‘What’ – this contains …

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US Carbon Footprint

I grabbed this from Wired Science, “Scientists Unveil High-Res Map of the U.S. Carbon Footprint” and I think it provides some context of recent revelations of Central New Yorks poor per capita carbon footprint ranking relative to other metro areas. …

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Is Time Running Out On The Great Lakes Basin Compact?

There is a lot of justifiable concern that environmental stress and large-scale diversions to more arid regions of the country could threaten the health of the Great Lakes and surrounding communities. That is in a nut-shell the reason for being …

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Syracuse’s carbon footprint

From The Post Standard news site (by Tim Knauss): Syracusans contribute more per person to global warming than the residents of any other major city in New York, and far more than people in smog-filled Los Angeles, according to a …

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The Intelligence of Crows

I’ve always been fascinated by crow intelligence and at the same time amazed how few people recognize this intelligence especially since, according to some cognitive research, theirs exceeds that of dogs. This video lecture from a writer Joshua Klein, who …

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January Thaw: Global Warming?

Sean Kirst asks whether the recent annual recurrence of January thaws is a sign of global warming or simply part of the natural variability of our upstate winters. The answer is both: as a singular event a warm winter spell …

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