Environment

Prof. Starobin Cautions about Legal Risks of Local Climate Policy Action

Shana Starobin’s intention is not to discourage local action, but rather to provide realistic guidance. “We want to be optimistic and hopeful, but the vision from our perspective is to think about the legal risks of local regulation and what could happen,” she said. “Lots of communities want to have autonomy over driving what their futures are going to look like….And while it’s not that they shouldn’t move forward, there is a reality of constraints and regulations.”

Nature Moments: House Invaders

If you live in an old house, you’re probably acquainted with certain types of spiders, bugs and beetles. Although these house invaders are not native to the northeast, they’re completely harmless and really quite companionable—some of them will even dance for you!

Bowdoin Achieves Carbon Neutrality. Now for the Next Step.

The moment has arrived, two years ahead of schedule. Bowdoin has achieved carbon neutrality, a goal it set out in 2009 to reach by 2020 as part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

‘Math, Tipping Points, and Planet Earth:’ Your Questions Answered

Math professor Mary Lou Zeeman takes part in a live online Q&A on April 19, to discuss the intersection of mathematics and environmental science.

Senior Digs Into the Psychology of Climate Change Denial

Over the past year, environmental studies major Riley O’Connell ’18 has been gathering and interpreting data on what could be driving many individuals in the United States to insist that climate change is not real or not harmful.

US Needs to Think More Strategically, Says General Anthony Zinni

The retired Marine Corps general and former head of US Central Command was the featured speaker in this year’s Everett P. Pope Lecture. He said the US needs to invest more money in education and in ‘soft power’ options, such as diplomatic resources and foreign aid.

Nature Moments: How a Wood Frog’s Thumbs Help Him Find ‘Mrs. Right’

As soon as the ice melts from ponds, wood frogs emerge from hibernation, filling cool spring nights with the sound of their croaks. To tell males from females, just look at their hands. Males have absurdly muscular thumbs, the better to hold onto females in the brief but fierce competition for mates.

Nature Moments: Galls, Cankers and Witch’s Brooms

Have you ever noticed tumor-like growths on plants? Fungi, insects, mites and bacteria are like “body snatchers,” penetrating plant cells and manipulating them to produce galls, cankers and witch’s brooms for the parasites’ benefit.