The Wrack

blog of the wells reserve & laudholm trust

Associated People Kristin Wilson

Our Native Ferns - Carboniferous Pteridophyta

 

The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 10/26/2014.

Three hundred and fifty million years ago, the supercontinent Pangaea floated where you sit today. It was a warm, wet world, bathed in oxygen and soupy seas. Just that geologic period’s name alone – Carboniferous, from the Latin for “coal bearing” – should be a clue that it was a time from which we get a lot of the fossil fuels we now use to power our society.

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Associated People Chris Feurt Kristin Wilson

On October 16, Research Director Kristin Wilson, Research Assistant Amelie Jensen and University of New Hampshire TIDES Student Sydney Nick traveled to the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus to attend the New England Estuarine Research Society Fall Meeting. This semi-annual meeting consisted of oral presentations, poster presentations, and plenty of opportunities to mingle and socialize with the other attendees ranging from scientists to professors, students, and NOAA officials.

Sydney Nick, Chris Feurt, Kristin Wilson, Amelie Jensen pose at NEERS

Sydney Nick, Dr. Christine Feurt, Dr. Kristin Wilson, and me at the NEERS meeting.

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Wells Reserve at Laudholm has set a goal like no other organization in Maine.

“We are well underway in securing solar power to run our operation,” said Paul Dest, director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. “Our goal is to become 100 percent self-sufficient on solar power.”

For those who know the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, it is no surprise that it would chart such ambitious goals. It has a rich history of development and progress.

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Which side are you on?Figure 1: A chart of the scientific consensus on climate change (97% of scientists agree that humans are driving global warming), and how much attention the minority opinion seems to receive in the media. Or is it a graph of the amount of America's wealth controlled by the top 3% (54.5%), vs. the bottom 97%?

 

The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 10/5/2014.

Two weeks ago, my family and I were perched on the steps of the grand fountain in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, watching 300,000 people march past. They sang, they shouted, and they carried thousands of messages, all communicating one thing: world leaders, it’s time to do something about climate change. A week of action followed. Further protests spread around the world, corporations declared carbon reduction goals, and even presidents and prime ministers frankly spoke of “addressing the need to revise a framework for negotiation.”

That’s some progress, anyway.

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