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Stories by Robynne Boyd

Teach the Children Well…About Water

Today, all eighth and ninth graders in the public school system here in Decatur, Ga., are partaking in a day-long seminar known as Water Wise. Last night, I attended the preview complete with presentations about water-borne diseases, water conservation, and the intricate interplay between energy use and water.

September 24, 2013 — Robynne Boyd
As a River Runs Dry

As a River Runs Dry

Just outside of Thomaston Ga., a red dirt driveway winds its way through a forest of sweet gums, oaks, pines and beech trees, marking the lone driven track on a large swath of land.

August 31, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

Summertime and the Dams Come Down

Summer is called dam removal season by those who cherish the notion of dams being demolished. The hotter, dryer weather limits a river’s flow and seasonal fish migrations  pause, providing the necessary conditions for demolishing the commonly aging infrastructure once erected to provide irrigation, water storage, hydropower and/or flood control.

July 30, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

The Best Protection Against Storms? Nature Herself

When the winds grow strong and the waves heavy, shorelines are proving to be an important shield from the damage these coastal storms can inflect. That's according to a new study by a group of scientists at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

July 18, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

Summer of the Mosquito

I remember last summer as the summer of the mosquito. I wasn't prepared. Those buzzing, itching, carbon dioxide-seeking missiles chased my family out of the backyard.

May 16, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

Would You Eat AquAdvantage Salmon If Approved?

It’s been a long battle for AquaBounty Technologies and its divisive fish. Twenty years in the making, the first transgenic animal created for consumption - a doubly fast growing salmon – is now in its last leg of the U.S.

April 26, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

My computer recharged because I wrote this blog...

…well, not exactly. But, it could happen soon thanks to a nanogenerator created by Dr. Zhong Lin Wang and his team at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga.

April 10, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

It's Time for a Neonicotinoid Time Out

There's a mounting pile of evidence that three particular neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam, are harming bees. During the late 1990’s this class of pesticides began being used to treat corn and other field crop seeds.

March 14, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

The Quest for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Despite Failures

A small-scale vertical axis wind turbine designed by Wing Power Energy. Image: courtesy of WPE The vision is beautiful, if not somewhat tried: a large cluster of 360 foot tall towers encircled with long, slightly cupped blades, similar to airplane wings, spinning in the wind like a wind vane.

January 29, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

Video: 1.5 Minute Climate Talk Crash Course

The Doha Climate Talks are now in session. It's the first time the negotiations are being held in the oil-productive Middle East. Yes, the meeting's trying to be more enviro-savvy with it's "paper-smart," initiative by limiting the usually endless stacks of printed documents.

November 27, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Appalachia's Fall Colors Safe for Now

View from Rabun Bald peak on the GA/NC border. Elevation of 4,696 feet. Photo courtesy: Robynne Boyd It was time to get away. Remove myself from the city and head to the Appalachian Mountains to watch its warm-weather greens turn to the auburns, tangerines and rusts of autumn.First thing I noticed on arriving at the mountain cabin in the southwestern part of the state, just outside Highlands, NC, was the pressing quiet.

October 31, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Will Sea Level Rise Make the Final Debate?

Tonight, President Obama and Governor Romney will step onto the stage at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, for their final debate. Familiar topics, such as boosting the economy, healthcare reform and the role of government, are likely to be wrangled over.

October 22, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Tax credits - the wind in wind energy

The Green Mountain Energy Farm near Fluvanna, Texas, the leading state in wind energy production. Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons For wind power, 2011 was a great year.

August 16, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Plenty of Fish in the Sea?

Tuna clustering off the coast of southern Italy. Photo: Courtesy of the UN FAO In 2010, people across the globe munched their way through 128 million tons of seafood.

August 3, 2012 — Robynne Boyd