Category Archives: Environment

Where did they come from and where did they Galapa-go? The fascinating story of speciation in Bulimulid land snails

While the typical tourist travels 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to catch a glimpse of the only penguin living north of the equator or the majestic waved albatross, I arrived with a different goal in mind: to find the tiny endemic land snails that are sprinkled across most of the Galapagos islands. Between 6 and 25mm in size,

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Sharing is Caring: The Future of Your Wardrobe

With the advent of the internet, mobile devices, and big data, our lives and society are speeding up. From our smartphones to our interactions with friends and family, everything is getting faster. Fashion is no exception. Clothing trends are changing more rapidly than ever before, with consumers demanding access to new styles immediately following their catwalk debuts. Most consumers no

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Should Utilities Care About Sustainability? Takeaways from PG&E CEO Geisha Williams at the Schneider Lecture

In February, I attended the Stephen H. Schneider Memorial Lecture, an event hosted annually at Stanford University honoring the renowned climate scientist and science communicator Stephen Schneider. This year, the event’s speaker was PG&E CEO Geisha Williams. PG&E, short for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, is one of the nation’s largest utilities, providing natural gas and electricity to most of

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Second-wave Effects: A Global Health Perspective on Climate Change

Monsoon season in Southwest Asia generally stretches from early June until late September. While the annual rainfalls are known to replenish freshwater and maintain the vibrant green rice paddies that line hills, the last decade has seen a greater severity in the amount of rain, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the people of the south Asian subcontinent. This past year,

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A Bittersweet Future – The Sustainability of Cocoa

Theobroma. This is the Latin word for cocoa, and it means “the food of gods.” For ancient cultures like the Mayans and Aztecs, the bean was nothing short of divine. Cocoa trees served as bridges between heaven and earth, and chocolaty drinks played crucial roles in religious ceremonies. Moreover, the fruit acted as an economic staple, often exchanged as currency

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