Environmental issues

CHEM Trust recently released a report, Effects of Pollutants on the Reproductive Health of Male Vertebrate Wildlife – Males Under Threat (overview, full report, both pdf). It reviews the reported effects of environmental contaminants that act as endocrine disruptors, emphasizing…

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In the upper Midwest, nearly 1000 Canvasbacks and Redheads have been found dead along Lake St. Clair (often referred to as “the sixth Great Lake”). This is a conservative number, considering how many may have died out in the lake…

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I’ve long intended on writing something about mountaintop removal mining, ever since reading Erik Reece’s article in Harper’s in 2005 (Ted Williams also wrote a great article in Audubon). This coal-extraction method is unbelievably environmentally devastating in many ways. The…

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Real or fake? Every year, folks try to decide whether to get a live Christmas tree, or put up an artificial tree. This topic has been fairly well covered on several green blogs, so I will offer an overview and…

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The overpopulation of certain species, whether native or not, can cause problems. When these species are appealing to the public, their control becomes an even bigger challenge. Previously, I discussed these issues in regards to White-tailed Deer and Mute Swans….

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Bootstrap Public Service Announcement #3: Tubes used to protect young trees can trap and kill birds. Since bluebirds aren’t especially common right around home, I was not aware that they can become easily trapped in the tubes people use to…

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Do you know of any signs mounted on those metal posts that have holes all down the middle? If the sign isn’t fastened in the top holes, they remain exposed and have been found to trap raptors, which get their…

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Via Invasive Species Weblog, a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Wisconsin DNR will allow citizens in three southern counties in that state to “adopt” wild Mute Swans and spare them from approved lethal control measures, provided they…

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Usually, Asian carp only make the news when an airborne lunker knocks a boater out cold. While the danger of injury from the frequently-leaping 50-pound fish is nothing to laugh at, the real danger is the huge ecological threat posed…

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Another very interesting paper [1] has come out on the impacts of non-native earthworms on forests, which I wrote about a year ago. As you recall, much of northern North America has no native earthworms, and microbes are primarily responsible…

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