Green Junction Unusual weather events have become more common and generally are a result of the earth’s changing climate. The science of climate change is incredibly complex with extensive consequences, yet many want to describe it or deny it in very simplistic ways. The term global warming is defined by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as […]Read more "Green Junction: Global Warming is Climate Change by Julie Peller Ph.D."
Coal ash constitutes one of the country’s major industrial waste products, according to the US EPA. Coal is a brownish-black or black sedimentary rock that took millions of years to form. Coal’s carbon and carbon-containing compounds burn well, which has made it a significant source of energy for society. The part of the coal that […]Read more "Coal Ash and the water you drink by Julie Peller Ph.D."
Food production has changed dramatically over the past decades, in part as a response to an increasing population. Meat production has more than tripled, and egg production has quadrupled since 1960. Farms have become more extensive and are now mostly corporate contracted to produce more and increase profits. In the United States, about 1.6 billion […]Read more "A serious problem associated with factory farms By Julie Peller Ph.D."
“I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.” ~ Viktor Frankl I did my thesis work on the relationship in Viktor Frankl and Aristotle’s discovery process and how the two arrived at the same understanding […]Read more "Aristotle, Viktor Frankl, and Nicolas Cole."
The necessary societal changes implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic created unique opportunities for scientists who study the atmosphere and air quality. Imagine that your work involves the study of air pollution, and some of the primary pollution emissions were forcibly reduced across an entire country, an experimental scenario you could never create to understand […]Read more "Once the science is understood, we face additional questions By Julie Peller Ph.D."
An area of my research focuses on microplastics, especially as they relate to the contamination of water environments. Synthetic microfibers are a class of microplastics and are the tiny fibrous pieces that make up much of today’s fabrics. The synthetic textiles are used in the manufacture of clothing, carpet, blankets, toys and so much more. […]Read more "Microplastics, and water by Julie Peller Ph.D."
Renewable sources of energy have been steadily growing over the past few decades due to the advancements in science and the dire need to reduce carbon emissions. In the state of Indiana, over 84,000 people are now employed in the clean energy sector, and over eleven years, the use of coal for electricity dropped from […]Read more "Renewable sources of energy are growing. ~ Julie Peller Ph.D."
Last week’s column was a reminder that if we care about the Earth and future generations, we need to act now – on the individual and societal levels – to impede climate change. A recent survey from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications suggests that 40% of the American population is moderately responding […]Read more "40% of the American population is moderately responding to the climate crisis. ~ Julie Peller Ph.D."
Nearly every day, there are reports on the effects of climate change around the world. The unprecedented warming of the earth from human activities (mainly the burning of carbon fuels) has led to distressing changes in nature over the past decades. The most rapid changes have been taking place in the Arctic and surrounding areas, […]Read more "Why are we not mitigating climate change with vigor? by Julie Peller Ph.D"
How important are bees? One third of the food we eat depends upon pollinators – mainly bees – for successful yields of crops, from pumpkins to apples to grapefruit. Worldwide, honey bees and other pollinators help to produce about $170 billion in crops annually. Human dependence on pollinators is a crystal clear example of the connection […]Read more "How important are bees? by Julie Peller Ph.D."