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The End of Growth? Perspectives from an Aquinas Honors seminar

Fri, 23 May 2014 15:09:02 +0000 by: Adam Kay by: author

“Questioning (economic) growth is deemed to be the act of lunatics, idealists, or revolutionaries. But question it we must. The …

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Masdar City: Oasis of Sustainability, or Just a Mirage?

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:48:07 +0000 by: Chip Small by: author

Can a city be truly sustainable?  In a 2012 paper, ecologist Robbie Burger argues that even Portland, Oregon, widely considered to …

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Aquaponics Update

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:21:22 +0000 by: Chip Small by: author

As winter continues its grip on Minnesota, a tropical river ecosystem is thriving inside the OWS greenhouse.  We started last …

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Scientists stepping out of the ivory tower

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:19:36 +0000 by: Chip Small by: author

This week I read a pair of remarkable articles on scientists who have stood up against industry. The first piece, …

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Refuge in a Cloud Forest?

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:58:16 +0000 by: Adam Kay by: author

Originally posted on Biophilia:
by Kate Hanson with help from Biol 211 coursemates Our course – BIOL 211: Introduction to…

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Reel to Real: Student Study Looks at Images of the Environment in Film

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:46:04 +0000 by: Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A. by: author

Senior Sarah Strain's Young Scholars' Grant project studied the subtle ways in which the natural environment and sustainable behaviors are depicted in documentaries and Hollywood films from 1998 to 2013.

MPR to Air Lecture About the Impact of Cars at Noon Friday

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:01:34 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

Dr. Christopher Wells of Macalester gave the lecture at St. Thomas March 4.

Environmental History Professor to Discuss Society’s Dependence on Automobiles in Lecture Here March 4

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:31:11 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

Macalester’s Christopher Wells is author of “Car Country: An Environmental History.” The talk is free and open to all.

Climate-Change Expert Bill McKibben Coming to UST and Macalester Feb. 20-21 for Programs ‘Celebrating and Preserving Winter’

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:34:07 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

What’s happening to our winters? McKibben will speak at both schools on his way to ski the Birkebeiner in Wisconsin. The lectures are free and open to all.

Kristine Wammer and Her Students Take on a Major Source of Environmental Pollutants

Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:01:41 +0000 by: Kristine Wammer by: author

Chemistry professor Kristine Wammer studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. "I am a 'farm kid.' I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in southern Minnesota that truly was the middle of nowhere, with the nearest town (Butternut) having a population that hovered around a dozen. Having no kids nearby meant that my brother Todd and I had to come up with creative – if slightly dangerous – ways to entertain ourselves."