Allyson Green

What is that fracking noise…?

April 8, 2013

What do you get when you strike oil in a small town? Well, that bubbling crude could produce everything from a few millionaires, a boost to the economy, a population boom, the potential for contaminated groundwater, and, of course, more fuel. Small towns across the US are experiencing these changes thanks to “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing) […]

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Can gardening save stressed-out students?

April 1, 2013

The sun has finally returned to Michigan (for now). The early flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and my fellow students and I are again facing the proverbial dilemma: work or play? In the spring, our school-induced stress levels seem to grow at the same rate as the flowers when the end of the […]

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Just another dam blog post…

March 25, 2013

I got an email from my sister recently that was eloquently entitled “dam it.” It seems Jarabacoa, the town in the Dominican Republic where she lives and works, is in the midst of protests against a hydroelectric  dam project. It’s actually an old project that has been recently resurrected and is moving forward against the […]

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Maple Syrup and Climate Change: Another Angle to the Sappy Story

March 18, 2013

March in the Midwest brings maple syrup season—a time when maple trees across northeastern North America are tapped for their sugary sap. Having spent two season happily tapping trees in Wisconsin, I still instinctively take note of temperatures and tree types as I walk through town this time of year. Not having maple trees of […]

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Appalachian Mountain Air: Good for the soul…but what about the heart?

March 11, 2013

Imagine being crammed into the back seat of a car winding its way up the side of a mountain (maybe winding a bit too fast for comfort), sneaking glances out the window and over the cliff, wishing there was a guardrail between you and that cliff. You see a clearing in the trees up ahead […]

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Science, economics, and the hidden health impacts of fossil fuels

March 4, 2013

Divest: to deprive or dispossess especially of property, authority, or title to undress or strip especially of clothing, ornament, or equipment Definition #2 above could lend itself to an intriguing blog post, but the definition I’m most curious about is one that Merriam-Webster leaves out: to sell off. As in, to sell off investments. Specifically, fossil […]

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Organic food, altruism, and you: why research methods matter…

February 25, 2013

The scenario for today’s analysis is this: You walk out of the grocery store with a re-usable bag full of tasty organic vegetables slung over your shoulder when a fellow grocery shopper walks up and asks if you can spare a few minutes to assist him. According to a study out of Loyola University, the […]

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Ode to Oil Sands

February 18, 2013

Protestors with signs made great headlines this weekend as crowds gathered ‘round to cry out and defend our rights to clean water, clean air, and… well…life… that are threatened by a pipeline, or so they contend.   This oil pipeline, called the Keystone XL, would cross the US and parts of Canada as well, The […]

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On chocolate, sex, and saving the world one bug at a time.

February 11, 2013

Sex and chocolate. That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about, right? At least, that’s what I learned when I turned on the TV for a while this weekend. It was a good reminder of why I don’t often watch TV, especially around holidays, but it did give me some inspiration for this post. While I […]

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Mercury Rising… For Now.

February 4, 2013

February is often the time when people start wishing for rising mercury in their thermometers here in the Northern Hemisphere. Regardless of what all the groundhogs predicted this weekend, a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) confirms that mercury actually is on the rise: in the oceans, that is.

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