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Fracking…a Tale of Two Continents

You’re familiar with fracking…the technique of extracting natural gas from shales by using high-pressure fluids injected (typically, at great depths) underground to fracture the rock and release the gas. I’m a little behind on my reading of The Economist, but … Continue reading

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The successful launch of GOES-R… and the resilience of Cushing, OK.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Age-old investment advice dating at least to the 17th century. Do put all your eggs in one basket – but then watch the basket. – attributed, variously, to Mark Twain and Andrew … Continue reading

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Environmental intelligence, and the National Sea Grant Program at 50.

Start with this: environmental intelligence[1] faces two big challenges in the 21st century. The first is scientific/technical. The second is social. Both are profound[2]. The scientific challenge: Do we want a safer, more prosperous, more secure future that will endure … Continue reading

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Let freedom ring!

“In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life and they lost it all, security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society, but for society to give … Continue reading

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Geosciences and geo-scientists lawyer-up.

The news these days constantly reminds us that Earth scientists, however reluctantly, are finding themselves drawn into the legal arena. This week, Washington Post articles included stories on the following: Va. Supreme Court rules for U-Va in global warming FOIA … Continue reading

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The 2015 federal budget: rite of spring Washington-DC style

In case you needed any reminding, yesterday was the first day of spring. The poet Tennyson nicely articulated spring’s iconic signs: …In the spring a fuller crimson comes upon the robin’s breast In the spring the wanton lapwing gets himself … Continue reading

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The greening of China.

Several years back, the Outlook section of the Washington Post featured an op-ed[1] that gave four reasons why China would not likely prove to be the dominant nation for the 21st century: (1) rapid aging of the population, brought on … Continue reading

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Crucial conversations.

When my wife and I got together the other night after separate travels, she asked me if I’d ever heard of a book entitled Crucial Conversations. She had learned a little bit about it on her trip and was quite … Continue reading

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Non-partisan? Or irrelevant? Or both?

Is it just me? Or do the candidates in this year’s U.S. elections appear to be debating just about every issue under the sun with the one exception? With only seven weeks or so remaining in this year’s elections, any … Continue reading

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O Canada…who stands on guard for thee?

Even as our world rapidly globalizes, the vast majority of us continue to take pride in our countries of origin. And our respective national anthems connect us to that emotion. I never tire of hearing the Star-Spangled Banner. Olympics years … Continue reading

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