The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, has been a cause for concern for foresters and landowners alike in the United States. The beetle originated in Asia and was first observed in the United States near Detroit, Michigan, in 2002. It killed nearly 99% of ash trees near its place of original introduction. By 2018, EAB has been observed in thirty-five states and has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. While the world around us has dramatically changed since its first celebration fifty years ago, we will take a moment to reflect on the legacy of Earth Day that has continued to inspire action through the decades.
Regardless of drawn boundaries and state lines, we all call this planet our home. The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from communities in countries across the world. Together, with support across the world, we can protect our Earth. The following stories in this series will highlight the work and experiences by returned Peace Corps volunteers.
The frozen ground may be blanketed in a layer of fluffy snow with icicles clinging to the barn roof, but some families in Minnesota have been eating fresh greens for dinner all winter long. A Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG) is a greenhouse designed specifically for northern latitudes with cold, dark winters.
Anaerobic digestion (AD) has been hailed as an upcoming renewable energy source. These systems seem to solve two problems by removing the manure waste from farms and producing renewable energy. From California to Pennsylvania to New York, many AD projects have been successfully producing energy across the United States for years.
UW-Madison is one of 59 campuses across the country and the world who participated in Fossil Fuel Divestment Day (F2D2). Students from various universities share disappointment with the lack of urgency and response to growing concern over climate change.
The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, has partnered with Draper, an engineering and research company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to monitor whales with satellites in a project fittingly named “Counting Whales from Space.”
There are pine groves in Minnesota, spinifex in Australia, and Dawn Redwood in China. A forest, broadly defined as a landscape dominated by trees, can look very different depending on what part of the world you are standing in.