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August 29, 2013

It’s all Greek to me: The terms ‘praxis’ and ‘phronesis’ in environmental philosophy

Two of Peter Oliver’s favorite words were ‘praxis’ and ‘phronesis’. These Greek terms were part of the vocabulary of the ancient Greek philosophers and used by Aristotle to describe practical wisdom (phronesis) and thoughtful, practical doing (praxis). They were used within a broader vocabulary to describe various elements of learning and knowledge. In my attempt […]

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August 27, 2013

Healthy Waterways Healthy Catchments: Making the connection in South East Queensland, Australia

Healthy Waterways Healthy Catchments is now available for free in PDF format from IAN press. This 238 pp. book was the fourth in a series of four books produced as part of the Healthy Waterways campaign in Southeast Queensland. It was published in 2005 and summarized the scientific findings from a variety of different projects […]

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August 22, 2013

Discover the Waterways of South-East Queensland

Discover the Waterways is now available for free in PDF format from IAN Press. This book was the third of a series of four books produced as part of the Healthy Waterways campaign in Southeast Queensland. It was published in 2001 and was intended to provide citizens with enough context to view key ecosystem features […]

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August 20, 2013

Moreton Bay Study: A Scientific Basis for the Healthy Waterways Campaign

Moreton Bay Study is now available for free in PDF format from IAN Press. This book was the second of a series of four books produced as part of the Healthy Waterways campaign in Southeast Queensland. It was published in 1999 and was the first summary of the scientific findings of Healthy Waterways. There are […]

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August 15, 2013

The crew member’s guide to the health of our waterways

The crew member’s guide to the health of our waterways is now available for free in PDF format from IAN Press. This short book (~100 pp.) was the first of a series of four books produced as part of the Healthy Waterways campaign in Southeast Queensland. It was published in 1998 and was a key […]

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August 13, 2013

Top ten science communication booklets

Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction plan: Executive summary This 20 page booklet was produced in 2013 for the Maryland Department of Environment to summarize a long (300+ pp.) and detailed Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. The short, bold statements that are highlighted at the beginning of the booklet are very powerful: “Climate change is real. Scientists agree. […]

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August 8, 2013

Talking about report cards at the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

The fifth National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER 2013) was held near Chicago, Illinois July 29-August 2, 2013. UMCES was the local sponsor for the forth National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration in Baltimore, Maryland in 2011, and our name tag lanyards were beads to advertise that NCER 2015 will be in New Orleans. A new […]

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August 6, 2013

Let’s Start By Talking About Ecosystem Services

We all have a stake in sustaining functional ecosystems When ecologists and economists began talking about ecosystem services in the 1990s it was to make a stronger argument for restoring and preserving natural systems. The idea that nature provides the life-support system of the planet, cleaning and recycling the air and water and providing us […]

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August 1, 2013

Talking about report cards at the International Congress for Conservation Biology

The Society for Conservation Biology sponsors a biennial conference and their 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology 2013 was held at the Baltimore Convention Center. I attended the session “Advancing Science-informed Ocean Management Decisions Through Ecosystem Health Report Cards“. The session was organized by Melanie McField, Smithsonian Institution, Jason Vasques, Coral Reef Alliance and Liz […]

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