Written by: Morgan Schneider “If I could take you somewhere right now, it would be that walkway in the Peruvian Amazon,” said Meg Lowman, PhD when asked what her favorite place on Earth is. Known as “Canopy Meg”, Lowman, an ecologist studying tree canopies, visited campus on November 3 for the 48th annual Hefner Lecture. … More Renowned Tree Ecologist Visits Miami
By: Jackie Dutkanych Our bodies are exposed to pollution in the air on a day-to-day basis. How is pollution affecting us and could it cause health implications for us later in life? Depending on where you live, you will experience various levels of pollution in their daily life. NCBI has said that 10% of adults … More Is Pollution Making You Age Faster?
By: Gia Mariani This past week my Childhood Environmental Education class took a field trip to Maplewood Farms. This maple syrup farm is located in Brownsville, Indiana, which is about a 45 minute drive from Oxford. The owner, Kevin, took our group around the farm showing us the tap lines and cooking barn. Now you … More A Trip to Maplewood Farms
By: Jackie Dutkanych Oftentimes organic produce has more nutrients and antioxidants than non-organic produce. This is because non-organic fruits and vegetables are treated with chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives that strip away nutrients. When produce is treated with these toxic chemicals, they remain on our foods even after being washed. Switching to eating organic produce will … More What Eating Organic Does For Your Body
The impacts of increasing heat waves are more than skin deep. BY: CHELSEA WORRELL As winter ushers in the first snowfall to Miami University, I find myself reminiscing on the hotter days of summer and fall. In freezing temperatures, nothing sounds more enticing than a warm, sunny day. But cooling temperatures provide only temporary relief … More The Earth can’t handle the heat, and neither can we.
BY: KELSEY PLASSE This past spring I was desperately trying to find a summer internship. In the prior summer, I had been accepted to the Undergraduate Summer Scholar (USS) program here at Miami University for a biochemistry project. The USS program allows Miami students to carry out research during the summer term alongside a faculty … More Interning for the U.S. EPA
BY: CELINE THORMANN The recent news cycle has been inundated with stories of natural disasters of unusual intensity, duration, and span. With stories of disasters coming from all around the country and in every direction, it can be difficult to keep track of what is happening, where it’s taking place, and why. In recent weeks, we have … More Hurricanes & Wildfires & Floods, oh my!
By: Helena Wolenski In a period of uncertainty and misfortune, people often look to small glimmers of hope to cope with the seemingly dark times. COVID-19 has been indiscriminate as it devastates the lives of people all over the world. We sit and wait for any kind of news to come out about the end … More Climate Crisis in the Time of a Pandemic
By: Lindsey Brown I spent my first few months of 2020 in Washington D.C. studying through Miami University’s Inside Washington (IW) program. Choosing a study abroad can be a daunting experience, but the Global Initiatives office offers advice for choosing the perfect program for you. Additionally, many programs have information sessions to lay out the … More Inside Washington: Spring Semester 2020 at the U.S. EPA
By: Aidan Das Over the past few decades, the impacts of human activity on the environment and the hot topics of global warming and climate change have become more prominent in the media and in government policymaking. But what do all these buzzwords actually mean, and how did concern for the Earth’s changing climate actually … More The History of the Discovery of Climate Change