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April 24, 2013

The Conowingo Debate: The role of the dam in Chesapeake Bay restoration

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance hosted a debate in Cambridge, Maryland regarding the Conowingo Dam, which is the southernmost dam in the Susquehanna River, described in the IAN publication ‘Responding to major storm impacts: Ecological impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Chesapeake and Delmarva Coastal Bays‘. The debate was held in the Dorchester Public Library on April […]

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April 22, 2013

What’s the problem? Why should I care? Using Media to Bring Science to the Public

For some environmental researchers, science is about collecting knowledge. However, it is becoming increasingly necessary that scientists step up and share their work to inform policy and effectively manage environmental problems through public awareness. This requires that we learn how to use mass media outlets such as print, radio, television, and social media so that […]

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April 12, 2013

A new special journal issue on water education

A new special issue on Water Education for Sustainability in Higher Education in the Journal for Contemporary Water Research & Education was published, an outcome of a workshop organized by the International WaterCentre. The special issue is dedicated to Dr. Peter Oliver, an educator who passed away last November. The special issue includes a tribute […]

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April 5, 2013

Great Barrier Reef literacy

The concept of environmental literacy derives from a series of programs that have established various literacy principles, for example, ocean literacy and Chesapeake Bay literacy. These distillations attempt to identify the essence of what an informed person needs to know. The literacy principles form the overall outline presented here, but it is in the richness […]

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March 29, 2013

Biophilia on a coral cay: Reflections from Lady Elliot Island

Standing on the coral rubble of a small cay in the Great Barrier Reef (Lady Elliot Island) is a biophilia experience. Biophilia, defined as ‘love of life’, is an appreciation that everything that you see and touch on the coral cay is created from living things. This term was coined by the philosopher Erich Fromm […]

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March 25, 2013

USAUS-H2O Australian teachers workshop held in Brisbane

On March 18th and 19th, nine teachers and principals traveled from the far corners of the Australian continent to join the U.S.–Australia Virtual Environmental Partnership. The workshop was held in a very nice conference facility at the Sinclair Knight Merz headquarters in the Southbank area of Brisbane. SKM is a large multinational consulting company specializing […]

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March 11, 2013

Initiating a virtual environmental partnership between US and Australia teachers and students

We conducted our first workshop with 8 high school science teachers from around the U.S. to initiate a virtual environmental partnership. This initiative is called USAUS-H2O, and will be officially launched on World Water Day, 22 March 2013. The intent of the program is to educate and inform responsible stewardship of water resources between U.S. […]

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March 6, 2013

Testimony to the Maryland General Assembly in support of compulsory soil phosphorus testing by farmers

Yesterday, I provided testimony to the Maryland General Assembly in support of a bill that would require Maryland farmers to conduct soil testing for phosphorus levels and to report their findings. The bill was sponsored by Senator Pinsky and my testimony was to the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee, chaired by Senator Joan Carter […]

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March 4, 2013

Making Progress in Climate Change Requires Better Communication and Innovative Solutions

The evidence is overwhelming. The stakes couldn’t be much higher. Consensus exists among scientists1. And yet, the effect of human activities on the climate, at least in the United States, remains a topic of public debate. In fact, only about 61% of Americans polled think that the globe is warming2, and 40% think there is […]

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February 25, 2013

The role of science in environmental management case studies along a population gradient

The management objectives for achieving ecosystem health can be divided into ecosystem objectives, water quality objectives, and human health objectives (Pantus and Dennison 2005). Different population sizes result in different environmental issues and ecosystem management objectives. Therefore, the way of approaching management objectives vary based on different population sizes. In this essay, we compare five […]

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