Category Archives: Natural Resources and Environment

Wildland Fire Knows No Boundaries…

Wildfires are a natural and inevitable part of many healthy ecosystems, but they also burn millions of acres each year, cost billions of dollars to combat, and can have devastating effects on communities—including destruction of property and even death. The … Continue reading

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Stopping Antibiotic Resistance Before It Gets to Our Plates

Antibiotics are used by people all over the world to treat infections caused by bacteria, but antibiotic-resistance is on the rise. In fact, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are now one of the biggest threats to global health—leading to an estimated 2 million … Continue reading

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Creature Comforts in the Great Outdoors

Planning that big summer trip to Jellystone (or one of the non-fictitious U.S. national parks)? Visiting one of the many concessions services overseen by the National Park Service is one way to avoid Yogi Bear’s creative attempts to swipe your … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Sun

Rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, residential batteries, and other tech may help you manage your energy use, generate electricity, and lower your utility bills. For example, homeowners can use solar systems to generate clean electricity to power their home and … Continue reading

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Managing Fisheries in a Changing Ocean

As the conditions in the Earth’s oceans change due to rising ocean temperatures, among other things, the size and location of fish populations may also change. So, can federal agencies anticipate and plan for the effects of these changes on … Continue reading

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Who’s Watching What You Eat?

Although the U.S. food supply is generally considered safe, foodborne illness remains a costly, common public health problem. The safety and quality of the food supply is governed by a highly-complex system—involving 16 federal agencies administering over 30 federal laws. … Continue reading

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Residential Solar Electricity and Other Energy Saving Technologies (podcast)

Rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, and other residential technologies increasingly allow customers to generate and store electricity, and better manage its use. While these technologies may allow people to more efficiently manage their power use—and lower their bills—too much customer-generated … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Water?

In honor of today’s World Water Day, we are taking a look at our work on combined sewer overflows in cities with declining populations—and the serious wastewater problem they pose. Combined sewer systems collect stormwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial … Continue reading

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Transportation Security of Radioactive Sources (podcast)

Since September 11, 2001, concerns have been raised that medical, industrial, and research related radioactive materials could be stolen by terrorists and used to create a “dirty bomb.” As such, transportation security of high-risk radioactive materials is particularly important, and … Continue reading

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Fighting to Protect Wildlife

Today is World Wildlife Day. To commemorate, the WatchBlog takes a look at the illegal trafficking of animals—like elephants and rhinos—that are on the brink of extinction. What’s it worth? The trade in illegal wildlife brings in anywhere from $7 … Continue reading

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