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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.

On Wikipedia, be wary of entries on controversial science

Wikipedia reigns. It’s the world’s most popular online encyclopedia, the sixth most visited website in America, and a source most students rely on. But, according to a recent paper by Dr. Gene E. Likens, Cary Institute President Emeritus, Wikipedia entries on politically controversial science can be unreliable.

Biodiversity

Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

Biodiversity is good for us

Podcast

There are many reasons to protect Earth's biodiversity. One of the more underrated is that disease incidence is lower when ecosystems support a variety of plants and animals.

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Beavers: nature’s nitrogen busters

Podcast

Beavers are one of nature's most industrious engineers. Using branches and mud, the intrepid animals create dams that slow moving water. In New York's Hudson Valley, their constructions are a common sight on streams and in wetlands.

Education

Recent articles about "Education".

Local artists inspire Cary Institute campers

This summer, the Cary Institute offered a special two-week camp exploring the interface between ecology and art. Cary educators teamed with George Kaye of Ecographs and Laurie Seeman of Strawtown Studio to add a new dimension to stream studies.

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

Dr. Joshua Ginsberg on the Paris Agreement

Recently we asked Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute, for his thoughts about the Paris climate change accord, or the Paris Agreement, signed by 195 nations in December. Although he admits that there are flaws — it falls short of the reductions in greenhouse gasses scientists believe necessary and is a voluntary, and therefore non-binding, agreement — he believes it is “a real step forward” that establishes a framework for moving ahead.

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

Whine while you can

Podcast

There are lots of potential impacts associated with global climate change – shifts in the distribution of plants are among them. Most plant species are adapted to a range of climate conditions. If the climate changes, their habitat can shift as well. This is true for crop and forestry plants, as well as native species.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

Hudson River’s underwater vegetation still recovering from hurricanes

Water celery has been noticeably absent for the past several years. In summer 2012, it became apparent that something was amiss. The plant was not found in spots where it previously had been prolific.

Land-use & Human Impacts

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

Lake Poopo

Bolivia’s second-largest lake has evaporated

What was once Bolivia's second-largest lake is now almost entirely gone, turned into a barren expanse of salty earth that's littered with dead fish and abandoned boats.

Lyme Disease

Recent articles about "Lyme Disease".

Better watch out for ticks this holiday season

This holiday season, you better watch out — for ticks. Unusually high fall temperatures in the northeastern United States have let blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also known as deer ticks, remain active later into December than usual.

Machine Learning

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Hunt for Ebola’s wild hideout takes off as epidemic wanes

With the official end of Ebola transmission across West Africa anticipated on 14 January, an epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in 2 years may be starting to fade into history. But that does not mean that Ebola has disappeared. The virus remains hidden in animal reservoirs, and is almost certain to spill over into humans again.

Road Salt

Recent articles about "Road Salt".

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Road Salt Conference

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Cary freshwater ecologist Stuart Findlay shares his research on the effects of road salt on water quality and discusses thresholds of concern for chloride concentrations in surface waters.

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

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Ecology and designing future cities

Podcast

When most people hear the word 'ecology' – chances are it conjures up images of scientists working in distant, wild landscapes, such as old growth forests or remote mountain lakes. Increasingly, however, ecological studies are focused on urban and suburban areas.

Weather & Climate

Recent articles about "Weather & Climate".

Spring flooding shapes streams

Podcast

In the Northeast, streams once covered in ice are flowing again. The floods that often accompany spring thaw bring big changes to these ecosystems.

West Nile Virus

Recent articles about "West Nile Virus".

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Mosquitoes in urban areas

Podcast

Now that summer is finally on the horizon, so too is mosquito season. More than an annoyance, mosquitoes can spread serious illnesses, like West Nile virus and Dengue.

Wildlife & Habitat

Recent articles about "Wildlife & Habitat".

There's a secret world under the snow, and it's in trouble

As much of the U.S. East Coast continues to dig out from last week's historic blizzard, it's easy to think of snow as a disruptive force that causes normal life to come to a standstill. While that might be true for large cities and the people who live in them, it is not true for wildlife—especially wild animals that have long made their homes in the fields and forests

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