Impacts of lawns in the United States.

Impacts of lawns in the United States.

This month’s New Yorker has a fascinating article on lawns. The impacts on waterways, ecosystems, and even the climate are huge. Here’s a nice summary of research done by NASA’s Cristina Milesi. This is a mind-blower: “Even conservatively,” Milesi...

Gulf dead zone may be here for good.

Gulf dead zone may be here for good.

Lots of press buzz today, articles here, and here. This article talks about the role of Midwestern agriculture in all this. Researchers think the zone may be with us for good now. Here’s a NOAA summary of what led up to this, with historical data and nice...

Manmade flooding on the Mississippi?

Manmade flooding on the Mississippi?

I’m back at work, alive, but only barely because I have to give up caffeine for a while. Our SIUC colleague Nicholas Pinter was quoted in an excellent article by Micheal Grunwald in TIME magazine today. Grunwald takes the US Army Corps of Engineers to task for...

Mississippi flood coverage.

Mississippi flood coverage.

More excellent coverage by the NY Times today, with a nice graphic here. Article here with a quote from Galloway: “We told them there were going to be more floods like this,” said Dr. Galloway, now an engineering professor at the University of Maryland. “Everybody...

Mississippi R. flooding moves downstream.

Mississippi R. flooding moves downstream.

A Burlington, IA photo from the NY Times, which is doing some very good coverage, including a good article today, and a nice interactive graphic on the home page. Also a retrospective on Chelsea, IA, which had the opportunity to relocated after the 1993, but...