The Only Constant About Climate … is Change

The Only Constant About Climate … is Change

One of the most straightforward modern definitions of climate is “the weather one can expect on a given day of the year” [Nature. 421.6926 (Feb. 27, 2003): p891]. It seems logical then that the definition of climate change is “change in the...
Climate Politics – As Usual

Climate Politics – As Usual

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement was symbolic and political. It was a grand gesture of “America First” as he symbolically turned his back to our global partners. It was designed to serve his political base who blindly...
Solar Electricity – Where Are We?

Solar Electricity – Where Are We?

The news is generally good for photovoltaic (PV), also known as, solar electricity generation in the United States (US). The cost of solar electricity production continues to decrease and the efficiency of solar cells is increasing with new technologies and methods....

USEPA Back To Basics Agenda

On 23 April 2017, USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continued to roll out the EPA’s “Back To Basics” agenda at a Pennsylvania coal mine. According to the Administrator, the agenda is designed to protect the environment, engage with state, local and tribal partners and...
The Fenner Wind Farm: Fifteen Years of Performance

The Fenner Wind Farm: Fifteen Years of Performance

The Fenner Wind Farm was the largest commercial-scale wind farm in the United States when it went online in 2001. Located in rustic Madison County, New York and funded with incentives from New York State and the federal government, the 30 megawatt (MW) wind farm was...
Lead Found in New York State Public School Drinking Water

Lead Found in New York State Public School Drinking Water

In September 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation requiring all public schools in New York State to sample their drinking water taps for lead and copper. The new legislation was accompanied by emergency regulations promulgated by the New York State Department of...
We Didn’t Start the Fire

We Didn’t Start the Fire

Is the phrase, “we didn’t start the fire”, the title of a Billy Joel song from 1989, or a lesson in global climate change? Since this is not a rock-and-roll blog, we’ll assume the later, for now. Global Climate Change In fact, scientific data suggest that humans may...
EPA Releases Findings of PFCs In Drinking Water

EPA Releases Findings of PFCs In Drinking Water

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) requires public drinking water systems to sample for emerging contaminants. Since 2013, operators have sampled for the contaminant perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and other per-...
The Ice Age Revolution

The Ice Age Revolution

In 1837, the 30-year scientist, Louise Agassiz, caused more than a minor kerfuffle among the stately and turgid members of the distinguished Swiss Society of Natural Science when he refused to discuss his research on the fish of Brazil, and instead, presented his...