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"Antibacterial" soaps don't work, are bad for humans & the environment

On December 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposed rule that allows soap and hygiene product manufacturers one year to prove "antibacterial" additives are safe and effective.

Dengue fever: Another formidable World Cup opponent

Brazil is a hot spot for dengue fever, a mosquito-transmitted virus that lacks a vaccine or treatment. The nation's 573 dengue deaths in 2013 through Nov. 20 is nearly double the 2012 toll.

Diseases on the move because of climate change

Warming temperatures and increased extreme weather events such as drought, rainstorms and flooding, contribute to the nation's changing disease map, experts say. USA Today reports on this trend and how it has impacted the spread of various diseases including tick-borne illnesses.

Aldo Leopold Society 2013 Fall Luncheon

Over 120 supporters and friends attended the Cary Institute’s 3rd Fall Luncheon on the Grounds on September 22, enjoying a perfect day and a delicious lunch under a tent on the Cary West campus.

From our President

Last month, non-essential parts of the Federal government shut down. Support for scientific research, already curtailed by the budget sequestration earlier this year, came to an unfortunate stall.

When antibacterials go down the drain

Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial – is driving the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers, with urban sites most impacted. So reports a recent study by the Cary Institute’s Emma Rosi-Marshall.

An interview with Rick Ostfeld

Initially, Rick Ostfeld’s work at the Cary Institute focused on how small mammals shape forests. Early on, he noticed a unique relationship among mice, black-legged ticks, and the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

Lovett leads forest policy initiative

Invasive pests and pathogens threaten the health of Northeastern forests. Cary Institute ecologist Gary Lovett has spent his career investigating the impact that species like the hemlock woolly adelgid and beech bark disease have on Catskill Mountain ecosystems.

Protecting the watershed protects drinking water

Freshwater is essential to life, and healthy watersheds protect freshwater resources. Simply put, a watershed is an area of land that drains into a body of water, such as a lake or stream.

The Gleon network: A pulse on the planet's lakes

We live on the blue planet. Some 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 2.5% is classified as fresh. And most freshwater is frozen in polar icecaps, or present in areas that can’t be tapped, such as deep underground aquifers or moisture in soils.

Cannoo Hills Creative Arts Residency

For four years, the Cary Institute has offered a residency program for artists and writers dedicated to inspiring creative works that convey ecosystem concepts to the public.

On the beech

In Ballard Park in Ridgefield, there are some lovely, thick-trunked, big-canopied beech trees, perfect for providing shade on a summer's day. They are old trees and despite their beauty, they're not healthy. They have beech bark disease.

Removing nitrates keeps Hudson River healthier

For those of you who have taken the train trip to New York City, I hope you have noticed the large and varied wetlands on the east side of the tracks.

The human health costs of losing natural systems

A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems.

Radio Interview with Steward Pickett

Podcast
Cary's Steward Pickett, Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, discusses urban ecology and the need to design more ecologically sustainable cities.

Mysterious mollusks multiplying in valley

Because people know that I work on freshwater shellfish, they send me shells. I get blurry jpegs attached to emails with subject lines like “What are these?”.

An interview with Cary guest lecturer Samantha Joye

Podcast
NPR station interviews marine scientist Samantha Joye.

Trees and lawn victims of Asian worm invasion

The Register-Star reports on one woman's experience of the destructive effect of an invasive earthworm on the health of her surrounding forest.

Cary Institute President to Retire in 2014

Dr. William H. Schlesinger, President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, recently announced that he will be retiring in June of 2014, effective with the naming of his successor.

Real-Time Hudson River data Is displayed on Walkway Over The Hudson

A pedestrian bridge in New York has a new sign unveiled this week featuring real-time data about the Hudson River. Officials say the information will provide some useful facts to visitors while scientists monitor the river’s changing conditions.

Walkway sign monitors river in real time, keeps visitors informed

Environmentalists often lament that the things they seek to protect can't speak for themselves. But for the Hudson River, that's not true anymore.

New Walkway Over the Hudson sign explores river science in action

Each year, some half a million visitors explore the Walkway over the Hudson, a steel cantilever bridge that was converted into the nation's largest footbridge in 2009. And now, thanks to a new digital sign, visitors will be able to access real-time information about the river's environmental conditions.

Super-bacteria breeding in city streams

A recent study found antibiotic-resistant bacteria flourishing in Chicago's urban creeks and rivers at more than double the rates of woodland waterways.

The global search for education: Prevention - ticks

Given the 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease a year in the US reported by the CDC, it is understandable that health organizations and local governments in this country are extremely anxious to develop a broader, more effective tick-borne diseases control strategy.

Antibacterial products fuel resistant bacteria in streams and rivers

Triclosan – a synthetic antibacterial widely used in personal care products – is fueling the development of resistant bacteria in streams and rivers.

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