Listen Up, Hikers

What if nature-lovers inadvertently cause negative impacts to wildlife? by Michelle Reilly JHU alumni, MS Environmental Sciences & Policy, 2011 In June of 2011, I finished my Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University, handed in my independent research project, and moved to Arizona. I was hired by Dr. Paul Beier as a PhD research assistant […]

Weekly Environmental News, April 22-28 – Coffee Trouble, Hotter Core, Keystone XL Objection

Coffee cherries

This week’s stories include how a lack of coffee-tree diversity is harming Latin American growers, Earth’s core may be hotter than we thought, new “flow” batteries could help boost solar and wind power, evidence of when global cooling ended, and the EPA speaks out on the Keystone XL pipeline project. Exploring Coffee’s Past to Rescue […]

Baltimore Green Week: Author Michael Klare Talks About his New Book on Sustainability

The  10th annual Baltimore Green Week , an education in all things sustainable and eco-friendly in Charm City, included bike tours, demonstrations, and a free talk at the Enoch Pratt Central Library by Michael Klare, author of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources.  Klare, an author of 14 […]

Cut the Sustainababble: Is True Sustainability Still Possible?

"Doughnut" figure, source Oxfam 2012

The word “sustainable” has become so commonplace in recent years, it’s losing its meaning and impact in a cacophony of “sustainababble.” So argues Worldwatch Institute’s new report, “State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?”, which aims to “expand and deepen discussion” of the term by specifying new ways to measure and implement true […]

The Day After Earth Day

I’m sitting at the computer with my six week old newborn strapped to my chest, jiggling my legs and making sure the pacifier doesn’t fall from Darwin’s mouth. I was attempting to read the news and check Facebook posts related to yesterday’s Earth Day. Earth Day came and went for us, in a fog of […]

TreeKeepers 102: Planting Our First Tree

Everyone grab a shovel… after TreeKeepers 102: Science of Trees concluded, we marched down the hill from the greenhouse, on a mission to finish our planting before the wedding reception that was taking place later in the afternoon. There were different colored flags staking out which trees went where. I chose a White Fringe Tree […]

Weekly Environmental News: April 15 – April 21, 2013

Earthquakes in Japan and Pakistan, extra-solar discoveries from the Kepler spacecraft, and both Poles of planet Earth made headlines this week. Will airline ticket prices increase along with air turbulence? If the jet stream strengthens due to increased CO2­­ in the atmosphere, as predicted in a new study, flights could get bumpier – or, more […]

Professor Profile: David Elbert, the man behind the blog

Creative Commons Image "Gilman tower" courtesy of Wysz on Flickr.

David Elbert is the Acting Program Director for Environmental Studies, Advanced Academic Programs and an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He teaches several courses in Environmental Science and Policy including Geological Foundations of Environmental Science, Quantitative Methods in Environmental Science, and Special Topics electives dealing with environmental aspects of […]

It’s Not As Easy As Just Turning Off The Lights

Carolyn Anthon, a student graduate of JHU’s Environmental Sciences and Policy Program, has learned just how challenging it is to implement a sustainability program. As a part of Will O’Brien’s sustainability class, Carolyn’s (and her partner’s) task was to create a sustainability plan specific to a current business which met their specific needs. Taking the […]

Weekly Environmental News: April 7 – April 13, 2013

From the continued coverage of the oil spill in Arkansas to the mounting protests against Amazon land auctions in Ecuador, oil still remains a big topic in the news.