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M. Nelson, P. Groffman: Climate change is already disrupting US forests and coasts – here’s what we’re seeing at 5 long-term research sites

Here are snapshots of what we’re seeing firsthand in the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network sites, from the effect of increasing fires in Oregon’s Cascades to shifting marine life off the coast of Maine, and surprising resilience in Baltimore’s urban forests.

August 4, 2021 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Boston’s Charles River went from polluted to pristine

What the cleanup tells us about the power of Federal waterway protections.

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: There’s No Compromising on Science When it Comes to Protecting the Nation’s Rivers and Streams

Unlike the previous administration, the Biden administration must prioritize science and water quality over the demands of big industry.

May 28, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jeffrey Harrison: The Light in the Marsh Grass

we gave up trying to explain it, gave ourselves
to it—as if we had ingested some hallucinogen
that opened our eyes to what was there all along

November 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: RIP Fresh Water and Life on the Planet

Trump’s bold plan to poison his own citizens in the name of corporate pandering came after a Davos trip where he bad-mouthed mean Greta Thunberg and other “prophets of doom” who “want to see us do badly,” and praised Elon Musk, “one of our very smart people, one of our great geniuses,” who “does good at rockets.”

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: Fix and Release

‘Fix and Release’ explores the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough, Ontario as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before.

September 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter: Epithalamion for Grendel

He strides into storms, he wades into pools of silt.

July 29, 2019 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Swamp Thing

The next morning I rode my bicycle to Wolf Corner where coyotes and dogs were
Hung on a wooden rack to discourage coyotes

June 6, 2019 · 7 Comments

William Moomaw, et al: What the world needs now to fight climate change — More swamps

“Drain the swamp” has long meant getting rid of something distasteful. Actually, the world needs more swamps – and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands. Wetlands are some … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia Youngblood: Liminal

Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge Wells, Maine  2016   The tidal marsh takes its own time and space to mediate between land and water, offers not boundaries but margins, pliant and … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

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