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Acid Rain

Though not in the news as much as it once was, acid rain—more correctly called “acid deposition” because it also involves snow, fog, particles, and gases—remains a problem in our region.

Long-term monitoring is essential to effective environmental policy

Environmental policy guided by science saves lives, money, and ecosystems. So reports a team of eleven senior researchers in Environmental Science & Policy. Using air pollution in the United States as a case study, they highlight the success of cleanup strategies backed by long-term environmental monitoring. 

Biodiversity

Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

Use natural biodiversity to fight Lyme disease

Protecting the environment is usually easier to the extent we can link it to human health concerns. The tough federal Clean Air Act, for example, has been driving the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, but the real impetus for the law is the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate that it’s saving more than 160,000 human lives each year.

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Road salt pollutes drinking water wells in suburban New York State

Study reveals hotspots and landscape features linked to elevated salt in wells

Education

Recent articles about "Education".

Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Celebrating 30 years

The Cary Institute is home to one of the longest running Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in the nation. Since 1987, more than 300 students have spent a summer conducting independent research with a Cary mentor. 

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

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Wood pellets: Renewable, but not carbon neutral

A return to firewood is bad for forests and the climate. So reports William Schlesinger, President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, in an Insights article published today in the journal Science.

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

Before the Lease: Farm Choices for Landowners Part I

Lecture Video

Hear from practitioners about the considerations landowners should be aware of when deciding what type of farming they would like to see on their land.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

Keep our water safe from polluters

When Scott Pruitt takes the reins of the Environmental Protection Agency, we can expect him to dismantle federal environmental protections. Among the protections that he would like to roll back is the recent rule defining the "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. Repealing this rule would cut the heart out of the Clean Water Act, effectively handing our waters back to big polluters. This should be resisted. 

Land-use & Human Impacts

Recent articles about "Land-use & Human Impacts".

Cyanobacterial bloom on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

Researchers take to tech to study toxic cyanobacteria with $1.47M NASA grant

With support from a $1.47 million grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Dartmouth, and the University of New Hampshire are developing high-tech tools to monitor cyanobacteria in lakes, predict impending blooms, and identify factors that are degrading water quality.  

Lyme Disease

Recent articles about "Lyme Disease".

The Ecology of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. In the Northeast, the blacklegged ticks that spread Lyme disease are increasing their range, putting more people in harm’s way. For more than two decades, the Cary Institute’s Dr. Richard Ostfeld has been investigating how wildlife, land use, acorns, and climate change set the stage for tick-borne disease transmission. 

Machine Learning

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Please don't kill the bats!

Podcast

How do diseases spread from animals to humans? Is it possible to forecast where disease outbreaks will occur and when they will blow up into major health crises?

Road Salt

Recent articles about "Road Salt".

Road salt pollutes drinking water wells in suburban New York State

Study reveals hotspots and landscape features linked to elevated salt in wells

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

Rats, cats, and people trade-off as main course for mosquitoes in Baltimore, MD

Social and ecological dynamics of neighborhoods influence who mosquitoes bite

Weather & Climate

Recent articles about "Weather & Climate".

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricanes: enlist nature's protection

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which hit in August and September, are estimated to be the most costly ever to make landfall in the United States. The damage they caused calls for a major investment in infrastructure that is resilient to such extreme events.

West Nile Virus

Recent articles about "West Nile Virus".

World's Deadliest Animal: The Mosquito

Lecture Video

Concerned about Zika, West Nile, and other mosquito-borne diseases? Discover which mosquito species spread illnesses, why invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes increase our risk of getting sick, and lessons learned about effective mosquito management.

Wildlife & Habitat

Recent articles about "Wildlife & Habitat".

Hippo waste causes fish kills in Africa’s Mara River

Ecologists have long known that agricultural and sewage pollution can cause low oxygen conditions and fish kills in rivers. A study published today in Nature Communications reports that hippo waste can have a similar effect in Africa’s Mara River, which passes through the world renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve of Kenya, home to more than 4,000 hippos.

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