By: Elizabeth M Young
Ecological Economics is a multidisciplinary field which combines the study of the environment with the study of economic endeavors and human social systems. It answers the questions that are never answered with a pure economics approach: but what happens to people? The operative concept is...
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Environmental impacts if it reaches the Mississippi Delta
By: Miriam Dunn
In early April, organizations, like the Mississippi Delta Wildlife Refuge and the US Coast Guard, braced to deal with the effects of a 160-Square-Mile oil spill that reached the national wildlife refuge in the Delta. Water, waves, water ~ all beautiful and powerful elements of...
Problems associated with invasive species
By: Joe Knowles
The Problems associated with Invasive Species Invasive species come in many forms and are numerous throughout varying habitats. It is now known that the second largest threat to all species is the introduction of exotic species. Possibly the most infamous is the American Grey Squirrel...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Species decline and extinction has gone on since the beginning of life on Earth. In some cases, species are extincted or in decline as far as humans can observe them, but have simply migrated or retreated to more remote and inaccessible locations. It is a...
Papahanaumokuakea: A US marine national monument
By: D. Vogt
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii is one of the largest marine protected areas ever created. Established by the Bush administration as a joint federal-state project, Papahanaumokuakea is not technically a wildlife sanctuary, but is home to a considerable number of threatened species, including the...
Environmental consequences of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
By: Shelly Barclay
At the time of publication, it has been roughly one month since the Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico. That explosion has resulted in millions of gallons of crude oil being expelled out of the sea floor and into the...
Why wind power cannot replace nuclear power
By: Jordan Cropper
It seems a vision almost too good to be true: energy captured from a breath of wind, our ever increasing needs for electricity supplied by harnessing something as old as the earth herself. Could electricity generated by wind power ever truly fulfil the insatiable hunger...
By: Hai Shunxi
Imagine you’re standing in your upstairs bedroom, you’re thirsty, and the only water in the house is a glass in the basement laundry room. To make the game fun, you can’t leave the room but you have a super-long bendable straw. So...
By: Janet Grischy
Hot spots exist in the crust of the earth. Above them, rock melts and bubbles up into volcanoes, creating igneous landforms. In the mid-Pacific, a hot spot created the Hawaiian Islands. Through geologic time, the islands have been moving slowly across the spot. As they...
Is a coral reef plant or animal?
By: Matt Lundgren
A coral reef is not a plant nor an animal, it is an ecosystem. An ecosystem is a group of plants and animals that fit together in their own unique "Niches" or roles that keep the ecosystem running smoothly. In most cases, if you take...

 

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