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Scientists warn of invasive species to come - Glens Falls Post-Star

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 14:56

Scientists warn of invasive species to come
Glens Falls Post-Star
Curt Stager is an ecologist and climate researcher at Paul Smith's College. He said climate change, when combined with other environmental stresses like phosphorous pollution in bodies of water, can drastically alter a region's biodiversity. “As the ...

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2012-08-09 - VT EPSCoR Annual State Meeting

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:50
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Annual State Meeting scheduled on August 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
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2012-08-09 - VT EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshop

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:50
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Vermont EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshop on August 17, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
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2012-08-08 - Carol Adair (In Nature): A global synthesis reveals biodiversity loss as a major driver of ecosystem change

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:49
Evidence is mounting that extinctions are altering key processes important to the productivity and sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems1, 2, 3, 4. Further species loss will accelerate change in ecosystem processes5, 6, 7, 8, but it is unclear how these effects compare to the direct effects of other forms of environmental change that are both driving diversity loss and altering ecosystem function. Here we use a suite of meta-analyses of published data to show that the effects of species loss on productivity and decomposition—two processes important in all ecosystems—are of comparable magnitude to the effects of many other global environmental changes. In experiments, intermediate levels of species loss (21–40%) reduced plant production by 5–10%, comparable to previously documented effects of ultraviolet radiation and climate warming. Higher levels of extinction (41–60%) had effects rivalling those of ozone, acidification, elevated CO2 and nutrient pollution. At intermediate levels, species loss generally had equal or greater effects on decomposition than did elevated CO2 and nitrogen addition. The identity of species lost also had a large effect on changes in productivity and decomposition, generating a wide range of plausible outcomes for extinction. Despite the need for more studies on interactive effects of diversity loss and environmental changes, our analyses clearly show that the ecosystem consequences of local species loss are as quantitatively significant as the direct effects of several global change stressors that have mobilized major international concern and remediation efforts9.
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2012-08-08 - Deployment of meteorological buoy in Missisquoi Bay

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:49
As part of the 5-year UVM VT-EPSCoR program, 1 met station as well as its associated 2 maker buoys and anchors were deployed in Missisquoi Bay for the purpose of long-term monitoring of atmospheric parameters, water temperature, waves, algal blooms and currents in the bay. The met station is located somewhat northwest of the main platform site (maintained by UVM).This installation is the last one that will be deployed by Middlebury College and therefore completes the suite of instrumentation at this main site.
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2012-08-08 - (Photos) RACC Intern Sendoff Barbeque August 3rd at Saint Michael's College

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:49
RACC Intern Events - Summer 2012

RACC Intern Sendoff Barbeque August 3rd at Saint Michael's College
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2012-08-08 - Lake Champlain Basin Program releases 2012 State of the Lake Report

Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:49
Grand Isle, Vt - The Lake Champlain Basin Program's 2012 State of the Lake and Ecosystem
Indicators Report was released today. The report, produced every 3-4 years, informs citizens and
resource managers about Lake Champlain's condition and provides a better understanding of
threats to its health and opportunities to meet the challenges ahead.
"We use scientific data to determine what kind of progress is being made on the management of
Lake Champlain water quality and habitat health," said Bill Howland, LCBP Program Manager.
"Again, in 2012, we share both good and not so good news, depending on which issue and which
lake segment is being discussed. Certainly the Lake is not meeting phosphorus concentratios
targets, but each jurisdiction remains diligent and active in their efforts to decrease loads."
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Leahy calls for action to stop invasive species - WCAX

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 12:00

Leahy calls for action to stop invasive species
WCAX
There is a new generation in the summertime every two weeks, so population increases can be pretty dramatic once it gets established," said Mary Watzin of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The fleas are about a half inch long ...

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Scientists plead for closure of Champlain Canal

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 19:04

Scientists plead for closure of Champlain Canal
BurlingtonFreePress.com
Biologist Mary Watzin, dean of the School of Natural Resources, said she hadn't been asked to add her name. In an email, she described the invasion of the water flea as a “very serious matter, with the potential to cause significant ecological change ...

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2012-07-24 - VT EPSCoR Streams Project Website gets a new look

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:14
The Vermont EPSCoR Streams Project Website gets a new look.
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2012-07-24 - Aspiring engineers hit the beach

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:14
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
This isn't your average sand castle competition. That's because these aren't your average kids. They represent some of the brightest scientific minds from high schools across the country -- 77 are from our region.

"It's really funny to compete with the other teams to see if we can get a better design and how theirs works and see if we can implement that in ours," said Conner Pike a student from Maryland.

The 94 aspiring engineers are participating in a week long camp run by the Governor's Institutes of Vermont. The latest challenge -- to build a stable sand arch.
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2012-07-24 - Photos - ISCO Installations at Allen Brook

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:14
7-24-2012 - ISCO sampler installation at Allen Brook. Katie Chang, Saul Blocher, Elizabeth Oliver and Henry Schmid
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Blue-Green Algae: We're Swimming In It - Vermont Public Radio

Tue, 07/24/2012 - 11:14

Vermont Public Radio

Blue-Green Algae: We're Swimming In It
Vermont Public Radio
We talk to Louis Porter, Lake Champlain Lakekeeper at the Conservation Law Foundation, and Mary Watzin, dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM, and a long-term researcher on Lake Champlain, about the health of ...

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2012-07-23 - VT. Scientist gauges climate from his garden

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 00:00
Dr. Alan Betts knows you’ll probably skip this story on his study of Vermont climate change if he waxes scientifically about his nearly half-century of scholarship on meteorology and theoretical physics. That’s why he’s instead serving up weather-defying kale from his Pittsford garden.

When the 66-year-old atmospheric researcher moved to the state in the late 1970s, he wouldn’t leave any fruit or vegetable outside during winter. Instead, he harvested everything before frost took a bite each fall.
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2012-07-13 - Betts Delivers Climate Challenge at WEC Annual Meeting

Tue, 07/10/2012 - 00:22
The climate, in a sense, is a living
machine. The component parts
of the machine include energy
(heat and light) from the sun, water in
its various forms (crystal, liquid, vapor),
carbon dioxide, and of course life. Their
interplay sets forces in motion. That, in
turn, sets the course of the machine.
For the past several decades
their interplay has increasingly been
influenced by humanity’s affect upon
the environment – a teeming swarm
now of seven billion people whose
capacity for consuming and emitting
has been magnified a thousand-fold by
industry and technology. Consequently,
the machine has been churning out
warmer, shorter winters in Vermont, and
measurably longer growing seasons.
The latter has its benefits, but they
come with a price.
In his address to the Washington
Electric Cooperative members who
attended WEC’s Annual Membership
Meeting on May 24, titled “Climate
Change—What’s in Store for Vermont,”
Dr. Alan Betts, of Pittsford, Vermont, did
not use the analogy of the machine.
Yet his more scholarly term, “climate
feedback processes,” conveyed a
similar impression of forces set in
motion which fuel themselves and rev
the engine of climate change.
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2012-07-11 - Vermonters debate wind energy: Public input is part of the process

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:50
Our environmental challenges are tractable if they are openly and honestly discussed. A heated topic right now is the 20-turbine wind project installation proposed for the ridgeline known as Grandpa’s Knob, which spans the towns of Castleton, Hubbardton, West Rutland and Pittsford.
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2012-07-11 - A lost generation: No progress on reducing climate change

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 22:50
Twenty years ago, in a flush of enthusiasm at the end of the cold war, participants at a United Nations conference in Rio forged the Convention on Climate Change to protect the Earth. This led to the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately the U.S. Congress refused to sign this protocol, and it proved ineffective.
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Algae blooms hit Champlain in wake of record phosphorus runoff - Addison County Independent

Mon, 07/09/2012 - 10:16

Algae blooms hit Champlain in wake of record phosphorus runoff
Addison County Independent
Although the two-year average — which the Water Management Division uses to track trends — for 2011-2012 phosphorus loads may drop if readings are lower in 2012, last year was nothing short of “extreme,” as division Director Eric Smeltzer put it ...

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2012-07-05 - Registration now open for VT EPSCoR Annual State Meeting

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 04:13
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Annual State Meeting scheduled on August 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
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2012-07-05 - Registration now open for VT EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshop

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 04:13
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Vermont EPSCoR Grant Writing Workshop on August 17, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont.
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