Associated People Kristin Wilson
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.
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, Dr. Christine Feurt, Dr. Kristin Wilson, and me at the NEERS meeting.
This article by Dan Marois, titled "Wells Reserve Seizes Golden Opportunities to Become 100% Solar-Powered by 2015," appeared in the October 2, 2014, issue of the Tourist News and is reprinted here with permission.
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.
Bright and beautiful at the seashore today. People were out. A few of them even talked to Vivien Leigh, reporting from Wells. We know at least a dozen folks took pics and imagine many more will send to the contest.
Email your best one or two before October 15 at 11:59 pm to:
Several of us scattered across estuaries stretching from Ogunquit to Kennebunk, documenting the sea's level and considering the consequences.
We'll start sharing our thoughts with a collection of photos from the day. Up top is Sue Bickford's shot of a submerged crab play set. Below will be…
- Footbridge by Nik Charov
- Mile Road shoreline by Kristin Wilson
- Mile Road, Wells by Sue Bickford
- Webhannet Drive, Wells by Kristin Wilson
- Welcome to Drakes Island by Nik Charov
- Little River Estuary by Suzanne Kahn
- Barrier Beach Overlook by Annie Cox
- Laudholm Beach walker by Scott Richardson
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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