Environmental Science

A Plan for Plastics

A Plan for Plastics

Consumption of plastic and efforts to reduce plastic waste have been a popular topic of the past year. When a video showcasing plastic straw litter went viral, many businesses, such as restaurants and dining chains, stopped providing plastic straws unless…

Science of Environmental Effects of Nuclear War

Science of Environmental Effects of Nuclear War

The only atomic bombs to ever be used outside of testing were those used by the United States in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the Second World War. These blasts exploded with the force of about 15 kilotons and 21…

Breakthrough Biotechnology in Animal Agriculture

Breakthrough Biotechnology in Animal Agriculture

A recent article published by the Washington Post articulates that new gene-editing practices in farm animals may be one of the largest research breakthroughs, though society may not be prepared for such a change (Johnson, 2018). Biotechnology, the genetic…

A-po(pulation)-ca-lypse- The Danger of Overpopulation on the Environment Within America

A-po(pulation)-ca-lypse- The Danger of Overpopulation on the Environment Within America

Many reasons for the “apocalyptic” demise of the Mayan civilization have been hypothesized including the occurrence of a severe drought, thought to be exacerbated by rapid deforestation. Extensive logging was conducted to clear the land for growing more food and…

Meating Expectations:  Challenges of Meat Production and a Growing Population

Meating Expectations: Challenges of Meat Production and a Growing Population

As the human population grows, the task of producing enough food for everyone becomes increasingly difficult; by 2050 we will need to produce enough food for 2 million more people. To meet current food demands, an industrialized agricultural system has…

Old Habits Out and New Habits In:  The New Way to Waste Food

Old Habits Out and New Habits In: The New Way to Waste Food

Throughout my life I have had my fair share of wasteful habits. I have thrown food out because I thought it looked funky, to simply being too full and not wanting to eat another bite. In the moment, I…

Precision Agriculture:  Feeding the Future

Precision Agriculture: Feeding the Future

Agriculture has faced its fair share of adversity. In the 1930’s and 40’s, it was the dust bowl. The 1980’s Farm Crisis was a byproduct of overproduction, poor investments, and bad decisions made during the boom years of the late…

Takeover of Invasive Species Due to Climate Change:  The Bush Honeysuckle

Takeover of Invasive Species Due to Climate Change: The Bush Honeysuckle

The Midwest region of the United States is composed of a variety of organisms that come from many different species and origins. From the western bank of the Mississippi River, to the eastern ridge of the Rocky Mountains, life of…

Out of the Water and Onto Our Plates:  Combating Asian Carp Invasion with Cutlery

Out of the Water and Onto Our Plates: Combating Asian Carp Invasion with Cutlery

A Flying Fish Frenzy Fishing trips in the Midwest are typically associated with tranquil waters and relaxing, daylong excursions. But more and more often, horror stories are being told about unsuspecting boaters and fishermen who have been…

Proposed Hydroelectric Mega-Dam Project in Chilean Patagonia

Proposed Hydroelectric Mega-Dam Project in Chilean Patagonia

Imagine a place where everything is measured by its majestic beauty: where bountiful nature exists in a pristine, untouched form, and discovery and exploration are encouraged among some of the most primitive, remote communities and man co-exists with fertile valleys, snow-capped mountains, winding rivers and streams, magnificent glaciers, and a slew of unique forest ecosystems.