Fall 2013

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Volume 14, Number 3


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Precision Conservation If we treat agricultural pollution with a scalpel instead of a hatchet, we might have a fighting chance of cutting the flow of fertilizers into rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. By John Carey

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Send in the Invasivores Recipes for Ecosystem Recovery By Sarah DeWeerdt

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TV as Birth Control How to defuse the population bomb: Provide people with a steady diet of soap operas and reality TV shows that depict modern, urban lifestyles. New research makes a compelling case that when TV ownership rises, fertility falls. By Fred Pearce


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Chinese Takeout The Chinese probably eat the world’s greatest diversity of wild beasts. As their national appetite grows, American biologists are wondering, where have all the turtles gone?  By Craig Simons

Background Check

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How Green Is Grocery Delivery?
By David Tyler



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How desperation, iPads, and real-time data revived a fishery
By Megan Molteni

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Solar Power to the People
Where crowdfunding meets Wall Street, a new model for financing solar
By Dave Levitan

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To the Bat Bunker!
Cold War–era military shelter promises fungus-free hibernation
By John R. Platt

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Fishing Nets into Carpet Tiles


Think Again

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The Crooked Path from Farm to Fork
Gentrification and urban agriculture
By James McWilliams


Journal Watch

Pesticides from pot farms poison fishers
Climate impacts of carpooling vs. taking the bus
Food safety measures on farms could damage wildlife habitat
Pregnancy tests and frog fungus
Shark tourism may soon be worth more than shark fishing
Teen environmental attitudes shift with the economy
Nets fitted with ultraviolet lights reduce turtle bycatch
Gold mining with sugar instead of cyanide
Siting clean energy facilities to maximize CO2 reduction


The Essayist

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Nature’s Prime Number Generators
The cicada timing riddle
By David Rothenberg


Mixed Media

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Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities
A Review of If Mayors Ruled the World
By Richard Conniff

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Microbial Bebop
Music in the key of algae

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Whale Migration in Dymax
A new take on Buckminster Fuller’s iconic map


More to the Story

Mapping the Great Land Grab
Slime Mold Just Got Smarter
The Green Concrete of Ancient Rome
The Walls Are Alive
Environmental Solutions Get the Google Bump