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  • April 2, 2010
    Do we need it all?
    by Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    For Christmas, my grandfather received an orange and for St Nicolas' day a new pair of shoes. When I was born, he repainted and oiled the pedals of a car his brother had originally built with scrap metal for my Mom. I loved my car! When my husband's first nephew was born, I took a woodworking class and built ...
  • March 5, 2010
    Jellyfish: models of climate change adaptation
    by Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Jellyfish could be the poster child for climate change adaptation. Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations cause oceans to warm up and their pH to drop. This affects vulnerable organisms such as coral reefs and plankton communities that either die or migrate but jellyfish can adapt to these new conditions and move in especially since overfishing and water pollution have been ...
  • February 23, 2010
    #1 climate change signal: earth getting warmer
    by Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    In a warmer world, agriculture, industry, and other human water uses will compete for the same water that plants and animals need to survive. Optimizing water use is key to the future. Take rice, a staple of the human diet. As farmland is lost to urbanization and industrialization and the demand for food increases as human population continues to increase ...
  • January 26, 2010
    Climate change and mountain-top removal mining
    by Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Most of the publications or reports coming out with recommendations about climate change adaptation strategies for ecosystem management emphasize the need to reduce non-climate-related stresses (i.e. anthropogenic stresses such as habitat degradation or destruction, pollution, over-harvest, invasive introduction,etc). It makes perfect sense to think that ecosystems – just like our own bodies – will respond better to change ...
  • January 6, 2010
    Let's clean house before pointing the finger
    by Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    I was recently listening to NPR when I heard "While the United States has allocated $13 billion for the construction of high-speed rail over the next five years, China plans to spend $300 billion in the next decade to build the world's most extensive and advanced high-speed rail network." The high-speed train between Wuhan and Guangzhou currently takes 3 ...
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