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Archive – December 2010

Darren Samuelsohn reports that scientists and other advocates for acting on climate change are returning to a fight for public opinion they thought they'd won.
In the highly politicized world of climate science, public relations can win or lose battles that shape the Earth's future.
One of the four University Latsis Prizes for 2009 was given to Elie Bou-Zeid, from Laboratory of Environmental Fluid Dynamics and Hydrology, on October 5th. He has been recognized for his work done on numerical simulations of the outer layer of the atmosphere.
What precisely about warming is unequivocal: that it has been ocurring? That it will occur in the future? That the entire problem we call "global warming" is unequivocal in all aspects?
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship aims to attract students into careers in environmental public policy.
Negotiations this year are smaller and more subdued than last year's climate conference in Copenhagen, with fewer heads of government attending the meetings -- and far fewer protests. But some, like climate expert Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University, say that less attention may translate to more progress on some important issues. In Copenhagen, expectations were raised so high that they obscured reality, he said.
As more bacteria become resistant to the most powerful drugs in our arsenal, new weapons are getting harder and harder to find. Why we need to change the way we think about treating infection.
The Republican victory in November will create huge challenges for the Obama administration in accomplishing its environmental policy objectives.
This course is an introduction to the study of environmental systems. Students will use quantitative analysis to examine three of today's most pressing issues: energy, water, and food.
Watch New York Times Investigations Reporter Jim Glanz's talk given on Dec. 10 about the dangers of drilling deep.