GREEN JUNCTION: “80 million pounds of pesticides ” BY JULIE PELLER PH.D.

American homeowners use over 80 million pounds of pesticides to maintain their lawns, mostly for aesthetic purposes. Lawn service businesses that apply chemicals to kill weeds and feed grass have realized enormous growth just over the past decade.  Trugreen reported revenue of 1.4 billion dollars in 2019. This seems to indicate that the American homeowner values a perfect green […]

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Green Junction by Julie Peller Ph.D. “The wonders of spring are emerging”

“The ultimate test of one’s conscience may be the willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard,”—Gaylord Nelson. The wonders of spring are emerging, but they are now unfortunately accompanied by the season of more visible filth and garbage. The primarily plastic refuse is present and visible along […]

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Green Junction: Do you think about Chemical Exposures? By Julie Peller Ph.D.

Most people do not think much about their chemical exposures. We trust that industrial processes, air, and water quality are ensured safe by appropriate regulations. However, society has become more dependent on materials, devices, energy, and transportation, and as a result, we are exposed to more chemicals. What are the typical chemical exposures for people […]

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A conference worth attending

The Conference is virtual and the opening keynote is Cardinal Cupich and the closing keynote will be Ilia Delio OSF and knowing Ilia I am sure we will see Teilhard weaved into the conversation. Laudato Si’ is very non denominational. When you look around you see many efforts from the Anglicans and Lutherans involved in […]

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Green Junction: We don’t hear much about nitrogen pollution by Julie Peller Ph.D.

We do not hear much about nitrogen pollution, but it poses a serious global problem.  While nitrogen is the most abundant gas in the atmosphere and extremely stable, human activities have converted nitrogen to reactive forms. The natural conversions of nitrogen occur by biological nitrogen fixation, biomass burning and lightning. Over 100 years ago, an […]

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Green Junction: Ecosystems and integral ecology. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

Green Junction What comes to your mind when you hear the word ECOSYSTEMS or ECOLOGY? The goal of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is “advancing ecological knowledge and awareness.” The institute is a nonprofit organization that studies disease ecology, freshwater, forests, and urban ecology. The Cary Institute defines ecology, in part, as “the scientific […]

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