Discover Ecology

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.

Acid rain aftermath: damaged ecology, damaged politics

Since the bad old days of the 1970s and '80s, there has been a whole lot less acid falling on the Northeast. That’s mostly thanks to the 1990 Clean Air Act, which has made a big difference to lakes and streams.

Biodiversity

Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

If I Had a Hammer

Lecture Video

President of the Cary Institute Bill Schlesinger discusses society's most pressing environmental problems, and what needs to be done to ensure a habitable planet, now and for future generations.

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Clive Jones on Ecosystems, Economy and Society

Video

Cary's Clive Jones speaks at an International Conference exploring how large-scale restoration can stimulate sustainable development.

Education

Recent articles about "Education".

Cary Institute students present their findings

On August 15 the 12 students in this year’s Cary Institute’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program presented the results of the research they conducted during the ten weeks they spent at the Institute this summer.

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

The Path to Sustainability

Lecture Video

Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, discusses the importance of environmental policy and the need to manage short-term costs for long-term gains. 

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

More Scenes from the Rural Life

Lecture Video

Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg talks about his new book, a collection of pieces from his New York Times column The Rural Life.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

Storm Ecology: Light

Podcast
Any time there are high flow events bringing water and sediments from the tributaries and over the dam, it causes several fairly dramatic changes. Podcast interview with freshwater ecologist Dr. Stuart Findlay.

Land-use & Human Impacts

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

Cleaning up the Clean Water Act

I spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid in southern Michigan in the 1960s and 70s. The river in my hometown was a sour-smelling mess the color and consistency of potato soup, the miles of enticing beaches along nearby Lake Erie were never once open for swimming, 

Lyme Disease

Recent articles about "Lyme Disease".

Bumper acorn crop now, not good news for Lyme disease later

Mice, chipmunks and shrews are welcoming hosts for the bacteria ticks spread. They're plentiful. They're low to the ground, so ticks can easily hop aboard. And they lack the immune systems that might compromise any infectious agents.

Road Salt

Recent articles about "Road Salt".

Cutting down on salt

Experts and officials look for ways to reduce the use of road salt, which can persist in the environment for many years. 

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

Baltimore and Beijing: A learning expedition to China

This last summer, I had the pleasure of being hosted as a Visiting International Professor by the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences in Beijing.

Weather & Climate

Recent articles about "Weather & Climate".

Storm Ecology: Light

Podcast
Any time there are high flow events bringing water and sediments from the tributaries and over the dam, it causes several fairly dramatic changes. Podcast interview with freshwater ecologist Dr. Stuart Findlay.

West Nile Virus

Recent articles about "West Nile Virus".

asian tiger mosquito

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".

opossum

Opossums - killers of ticks

At night, when you catch sight of an opossum in your car headlights, you are allowed to think, "That is one ugly little animal."

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