Articles tagged with: Water


Posted in News Last updated on: Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Data points are to science what donuts are to Homer Simpson's diet: the building blocks. The more data we have, the more pixels in our view of the world, the more accurate our theories of what's going on.

Enter crowdsourcing. Suddenly huge new flows of data are arriving thanks to citizen science projects. No lab coat? No problem. If you're interested and conscientious, you could be contributing valuable data that would otherwise go uncollected for lack of funds. Some programs take you into the field. Others can be done in bed with a laptop. Some require a day or more of training; others just a quick online tutorial. Here's a sampling of what you can do:

STOP, LOOK, THINK: Eyes wide open on meat

Posted in News Last updated on: Sunday, 11 September 2016

STOP, LOOK, THINK: Eyes wide open on meat


You probably eat meat once or more a day without giving it a thought.  Socrates' response: "The unexamined life isn't worth living."  What about the unexamined diet?

Instead of mindlessly swallowing, many are looking closely at the meat on their plates.  High meat-eating levels, like high energy use, are woven into Western culture, a point of pride.  That diet is now spreading worldwide.  What could be the problem with something so widely eaten?  The issues fall into two main categories.

BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN: Lessons from the California drought

Posted in News Last updated on: Monday, 06 February 2017

I live on the California coast, where a company will dye your brown lawn green for $100.  Where weather reports contain lines like "accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch"--words that actually excite us.  But what happens if we zoom out from the particulars and look at the wider principles playing out? 



California received average or better precipitation in 2015-16, especially in the north where most of the rainfall is stored.  This was welcome but not enough to erase the effects of the drought.  The latest predictions for 2016-17 suggest a return to low rainfall, but predictions of a major El Nino-fueled deluge last winter turned out to be wrong, so stay tuned.