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Hurricane Katrina, Mary Edna Fraser.

August 26, 2011

Rushing to shore

By Ashley Yeager

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Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 Project

June 16, 2011

Mining Beneath the Sea

If mountaintop mining were being conducted 1600 meters under the ocean – where very few people would ever see it – would it make any difference?

Well, it just might, says Cindy Lee Van Dover, director of the Duke Marine Lab and one of the world's authorities on the unique life forms surrounding deep sea hydrothermal vents. 

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Tags: animals, biology, environment/sustainability

Jane Goodall and young Flint

March 28, 2011

Why We Study Chimpanzees

“Why do people do something that benefits someone else but is detrimental to themselves?” Ian Gilby asked during a panel discussion, March 24. “Chimps are one of the few animals that do this really frequently,” he said.

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Tags: animals, behavior/psychology, environment/sustainability

Jane Goodall in the forest at Gombe

March 28, 2011

Putting Values on Resources

“Unless you know that [a resource] is going to be in your family for a very long time, you usually don’t manage it sustainably,” evolutionary anthropology professor Thomas Struhsaker said during a panel discussion, March 25.

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Tags: animals, biology, climate/global change, environment/sustainability, field research

Cropduster spraying pesticides

January 28, 2011

The EPA at 40

By Becca Bayham, Nicholas 2012

Most birthday parties include presents, or at least cake. However, the Jan. 24 “party” at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens was far from typical: attendees were celebrating  the 40th birthday of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the EPA’s honor, 16 speakers offered their prospective and retrospective opinions on the extraordinary influence the EPA has had on our environmental health since its creation in 1970.

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Tags: climate/global change, environment/sustainability, lecture

Palm Oil harvest in Sumatra - Hayden

November 12, 2010

The Alarming Extinction of Species

“When we think of extinction,  we refer to dinosaurs and dodos. We don’t digest the concept of extinction in present day," said television host and conservationist Jeff Corwin, during a talk at Duke on Thursday.

He was here to talk about the state of conservation of natural resources in the 21st century.

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Tags: climate/global change, environment/sustainability, lecture

Tim Moore in a hole

November 4, 2010

Not Bad for a Swamp, eh?

When I think of Canada, I imagine beavers, maple syrup, hockey, and locals adding “eh?” to the end of their sentences. When McGill University's Tim Moore thinks of Canada, however, he imagines carbon cycles in the peatlands.

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Tags: climate/global change, environment/sustainability, field research, lecture

Cod fishing in Norway

October 28, 2010

Think Global - Fish Local

“For the first time in our history, our food isn’t nourishing us. It’s killing us.”

That’s the warning Niaz Dorry issued to attendees of her recent talk at Duke on fishing policies, titled “Who Fishes Matters.”

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Silky sifaka

October 15, 2010

Lemur play is on solid ground

Unless it leads to sex, adult male primates usually aren't very playful. Except if they’re Silky sifakas.

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Tags: animals, behavior/pschology, biology, environment/sustainability, lecture, Lemurs, science communication & education

silica nanoparticles

September 9, 2010

Nanoscale is More Than Meets the Eye

Post by student-blogger Vansh Muttreja:

Although there are vast numbers of nanoparticles around us, it has taken a long time for the ‘nano’ revolution to come to light, Virginia Tech geoscientist Michael F.Hochella Jr., said in a Sept. 9 lecture sponsored by the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT)

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Tags: environment/sustainability, lecture, nanotechnology


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