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Highlights from Our Blog

Wednesdays are for science at Greenversations, the official blog of the U.S. EPA. Here are some recent highlights:

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Watching the Moon Disappear. Science Wednesday Editor Aaron Ferster found that recent lunar eclipse a great example of how stories about science and the environment unite us: giving us a common story to share with our kids, neighbors, and coworkers.   Read Aaron’s reflection on the lunar eclipse.

Cleaner Cookstoves, Countless Benefits. Imagine an inexpensive, easy-to-use technology that can help mitigate the fourth leading cause of death in the world, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate local economies in the developing world. You don’t have to imagine it; the technology is clean cookstoves. EPA science writer Becky Fried traveled to Ethiopia to investigate. Learn more about the benefits of clean cookstoves.

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EPA Administratoor Lisa P Jackson

The Future is Sustainability. Paul Anastas, EPA’s Office of Research and Development Assistant Administrator, describes a tremendous day for sustainability: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s recent speech that launched a study by the National Research Council on how to incorporate sustainability into the framework of EPA.  Read about the importance of sustainability to EPA’s mission.

The Sustainability Bowl (Go Team Go!)
EPA science writer and Science Wednesday editor Aaron Ferster highlights a national competition—sponsored by a company started by a past EPA P3 (People Prosperity, and the Planet) winner—that encourages universities to reduce resource use. Read more about the Sustainability Bowl.

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Air Science 40 Seminar
EPA student services contractor Maggie Sauerhage attended the Air Science 40 seminar entitled “Air Quality in a Changing Climate: What the Future Holds for the Air We Breathe”.  In this post she shares details from the seminar and recalls the take-home messages on the importance of improving air quality and limiting the impacts of climate change. Read more about the Air Science 40 seminar.

“Nifty Fifty” Scientist Inspires Next Generation of Innovators.
  Paul LaShier, a senior at Calvert Hall College High School, shares the most memorable and inspiring moments from a lecture titled “Innovating Tomorrow”, given by EPA Office of Research and Development Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas. Read about how Dr. Anastas inspires young innovators.

EPA Assitant Administrator Paul Anastas
Marine biologist Mario R. Sengco

Sharing Our Science
Marine biologist Mario R. Sengco, Ph.D. spent the afternoon sharing his love of science at EPA’s display booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Read about Mario’s experience sharing EPA science with festival participants.

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