Category Archive: Water & Energy

Jan 15

Less Is Still More When It Comes to Biofuel

Crop-based biofuels burn cleaner than gasoline—but there’s a hitch. Listen up for the water-guzzling scoop: Everything you’ve heard is true: Compared with fossil fuels, burning biofuels releases fewer greenhouse gases. But what you might not know is that producing the cleaner-burning fuel also requires a lot of water. Take corn-based ethanol, for example, which is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/the-water-footprint-of-biofuels/

Jan 08

Protecting birds on the ground and in the air

The western Lake Erie basin is an important stopover site for migrating songbirds… and that means development in the region can impact our feathered friends. Shieldcastle: “It’s a constant vigilance and concern. For birds, not only is the habitat a concern, but you know structures.” That’s Mark Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/protecting-birds-on-the-ground-and-in-the-air/

Dec 31

Lake trout stocking

A fishy tale: In the 1800s, lake trout were abundant in Lake Superior. Then, in the early to mid 1900s… Hansen: “… populations began to decline rapidly.” That’s biologist Michael Hansen. He says overfishing and predatory invaders known as sea lampreys were to blame. By the time an effective way to control lampreys was discovered, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/lake-trout-stocking/

Dec 21

Bioacoustics in the Great Lakes

A “sound” strategy for learning about fish: Aaron Rice, of Cornell’s Bioacoustics Research Program, tracks fish populations and behavior. He does it using sound. Rice: “The advantage of using sound as a survey method is that with digital recording technology that’s available now you can take a hydrophone, connect it to a essentially waterproof computer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/bioacoustics-in-the-great-lakes/

Jul 23

When the water rises too high

The water level on Lake Ontario can be partially controlled by a dam on the Saint Lawrence River. But… “…only so much water can pass through that at a certain time,” says Lana Pollack, the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission. She says when there’s a lot of rain or snow melt, the lake …

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