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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.

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Franklin Institute award winners include two Nobel laureates

Gene Likens, founder of the Cary Institute, has been selected for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth & Environmental Science for his work on acid rain.

Biodiversity

Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US

In the eastern US, risk of contracting Lyme disease is higher in fragmented forests with high rodent densities and low numbers of resident fox, opossum, and raccoons. These are among the findings from an analysis of 19 years of data on the ecology of tick-borne disease in a forested landscape

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Road salt pollutes drinking water wells in suburban New York State

Road salt applied during the winter lingers in the environment, where it can pollute drinking water supplies. A recent study reveals hotspots and landscape features linked to elevated salt in wells.

Education

Recent articles about "Education".

New mentoring program brings community members together to study their local watershed

MH-YES immerses Poughkeepsie students, scientists, & high school teachers in stream ecology research

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

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Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

Lecture Video

A leading authority on international water issues, Sandra Postel discusses her new book. She explores contemporary water challenges, innovative water projects, and sustainable solutions to ensure global water security.

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

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Particulate Pollution

Increasingly we recognize the impacts of small airborne particles on our health. Breathing particles less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as PM2.5, is estimated to cause more than 3 million deaths per year worldwide.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

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Jammin’ on the Hudson

Hudson Valley students experiment with creative approaches to science storytelling in the 2018 Hudson Data Jam 

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".

Forest ecology shapes Lyme disease risk in the eastern US

In the eastern US, risk of contracting Lyme disease is higher in fragmented forests with high rodent densities and low numbers of resident fox, opossum, and raccoons. These are among the findings from an analysis of 19 years of data on the ecology of tick-borne disease in a forested landscape

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".

Salt cocktails compromise freshwater

Podcast

Human activities are exposing US rivers and streams to a cocktail of salts, with consequences for infrastructure and drinking water supplies. Road salt, fertilizers, and mining waste – as well as natural weathering of concrete, rocks, and soils – all contribute to increased salt in waterways. 

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

Thanks to climate change and wetter weather, forest soils are absorbing less methane

Farming, energy production, and landfills produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Forests can remove methane from the atmosphere through the activity of soil bacteria. But increasing precipitation – a symptom of climate change – is making it harder for forest soils to trap greenhouse gases, creating a feedback loop that exacerbates global warming.

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".

Widely used mosquito repellent proves lethal to larval salamanders

By harming mosquito predators, picaridin may help mosquitoes survive

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