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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...

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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 oppose any...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 oppose any...

read more
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....

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

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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-...

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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...

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La Nina Conditions Return

La Nina Conditions Return

The strongest predictor of North American winter weather is what scientists call “El Nino Southern Oscillation”, or just, ENSO. ENSO refers to the oscillation of high and low pressure between Tahiti and Darwin, Australia, which coincides with the formation of warming...

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PFAs in the News – 17 November 2016

PFAs in the News – 17 November 2016

Scientists report in Environmental Science and Technology Letters (2016, Vol. 3, 344-350) that the location of industrial sites, military training facilities and wastewater treatment plants are predictors of poly- and perfluoroakyl substance (PFAs) contaminants in...

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PFAs In The News – 10 November 2016

PFAs In The News – 10 November 2016

PFAs Scientists now have begun to work hard to identify, extract and quantify per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), specifically perfluoroalkane sulfonic acids (PFSAs), perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and associated compounds, such as,...

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Deepwater Horizon – Part 3 – The Aftermath

Deepwater Horizon – Part 3 – The Aftermath

Broadly speaking, the Gulf of Mexico and nearby coastal environments were indeed harmed during the Deepwater Horizon oil release. But, despite the size and length of the release, most scientists agree that the environmental damage was not nearly as severe as it could...

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Deepwater Horizon – Part 2 – Mitigation Efforts

Deepwater Horizon – Part 2 – Mitigation Efforts

The Deepwater Horizon sank on April 22nd with over 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. For more information on how Deepwater Horizon got to this point, read Deepwater Horizon – Part 1 If the 700,000 gallons of stored diesel fuel on board Deepwater Horizon wasn't...

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Deepwater Horizon – Part 1

Deepwater Horizon – Part 1

The movie, Deepwater Horizon, opened in movie theaters on September 30th. So, we at IES decided to refresh our reader's memory with a three-part summary of the deeply tragic event.  Part one details the history of the Macondo Oil Well and the cause of the event. Part...

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Rest in Peace, Rosetta

Rest in Peace, Rosetta

Rosetta Spacecraft Rosetta, after a 10-year space voyage, went to its final resting place this morning during a controlled collision with the object of its affection, Comet 67P. In 2014, Rosetta sent its only companion, Philae, a small comet-lander to the comet...

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The Trouble With PFOAs

The Trouble With PFOAs

Do you remember the Star Trek episode titled, “The Trouble With Tribbles”? Lieutenant Uhura brought a Tribble back to the Enterprise after visiting Space Station K7. A Tribble, in case you forgot, is a cute and cuddly little furball of a creature that purrs when you...

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Will Humans Re-Engineer The Atmosphere?

Will Humans Re-Engineer The Atmosphere?

Science and engineering offer few quick and assured solutions when it comes to stopping human-driven climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Johan Rockström and his coauthors, a collection of rock star scientists from five different countries, published a paper...

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Methane Emissions from Abandoned Coal Mines

Methane Emissions from Abandoned Coal Mines

IES was recently involved in a stray gas case in Kentucky where air with elevated methane and carbon dioxide concentrations migrated into residential homes. Methane concentrations exceeded the lower explosive limit (LEL) and represented a threat to nearby residents....

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The Future American Migration

The Future American Migration

We now see large annual forest fires in the dry American West caused by drought and massive flooding in the southeast caused by torrential rains. Often, the intensity and amount of rain produced (or lack of rain) has exceeded the 100- or the 500-year probabilities...

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Is Public Drinking Water Safe?

Is Public Drinking Water Safe?

Is Public Drinking Water Safe? We at EIS drink water from public taps throughout the United States and the developed world. In contrast, we, like most Americans, don't drink tap water while visiting developing nations. In developing nations, we buy bottled water out...

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Science is at Its Best When an Experiment Fails

Science is at Its Best When an Experiment Fails

Scientific Method The scientific method instructs us that success is transient. Only through demonstration of the “null” - in other words, failure – does scientific knowledge progress. This principle was demonstrated this week at the 38th International Conference of...

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Research Summary: Organic Contaminants in Portland Cement

Research Summary: Organic Contaminants in Portland Cement

USEPA uses glycol is an indicator of hydraulic fracturing chemical migration. Recent research has shown that glycol is present in portland cement and that it leaches from the cement at concentrations in the thousands of parts per billion. Therefore glycol alone shouldn’t be used to demonstrate hydraulic fracturing contamination in aquifers.

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