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Stories by Robynne Boyd

Plenty of Fish in the Sea?

In 2010, people across the globe munched their way through 128 million tons of seafood. That's according to the latest data coming out of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...

August 3, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Heat Waves and Water Use Go Hand-in-Hand

With excessive heat spreading across the country, people are seeking relief by retreating indoors, turning up the AC, and staying well hydrated. In many parts of the country, particularly the Southeast and Southwest, the heat is exacerbated by ongoing drought, which means water is on everyone's mind and is being used at increased rates.It's common during extended periods of hot and dry weather, like we're experiencing now, for water use to increase, emailed Nancy Barber, Hydrologist with USGS Georgia Water Science Center.Most noticeable, explained Barber, is the increased demand for electricity for air conditioning, which means more water use at thermoelectric power plants – an amount that's already high...

June 30, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

What's in a name? "UN Sustainable Development Conference"

After 10 years of zooming around the world to cover the ozone, climate, and biodiversity negotiations, I realize the outcome of Rio+20 (and meetings of the like) has been staring me in my face.It became clear when Rio+20 concluded with much applause, but little else in terms of solid outcomes...

June 25, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

An Ailing Planet's Path to Rio+20

Our planet's health is ailing. That's the message in short from the 2012 Living Planet Report. Its content is sobering. We are devouring 50 percent more resources than the Earth produces annually...

May 25, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

The Earth Beneath Our Feet

Some people take Earth Day more literally than others. Howard Garrett is one of them. Better known as the Dirt Doctor, Garrett believes that the health of the planet begins with the earth beneath our feet; it starts with cultivating strong vibrant soil, and blossoms outwards from there."Without healthy soil, we won't have healthy plants, animals or people," says Garret over the phone from his home in Dallas, Texas, where he advocates for natural organic gardening, landscaping and living.The soil, he says, is a living entity that's frequently mistreated...

April 22, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

Talkin' Trash: the Quick and Dirty on Recycling

(After watching the micro-documentary posted by David Wogan about landfill gas, I too decided to peer at a more positive and personal side of garbage...recycling.)About once a week, my family tends to clean-up of the contents of our fridge before dinner...

March 7, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

New Nuclear Reactors Approved

In a historic vote earlier today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved Southern Company's application to construct the nation's first nuclear reactors in over 30 years.The license was granted in a 4-1 vote, and permits two new reactors to be built at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle (about 170 miles east of Atlanta)...

February 9, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

A "Near" Miss: Asteroid 2005 YU55

"To attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of ways, to make it better...

November 8, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

The South's Nuclear Revival?

Construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4 (on right) in August 2011. Image: copyright Southern Company, Inc. After attending a nuclear fuel symposium a few weeks back, I felt it time to examine what's occurring in my own backyard in this regard...

September 15, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

Closing the Gaping Hole in the Nuclear-fuel Cycle

Nuclear power has been making headlines recently, largely due to the earthquake and tsunami that triggered hydrogen explosions, the melting of nuclear fuel rods and releases of radiation at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant...

August 26, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

Rail-to-Trail Revitalization

Once only visited by graffiti artists and the destitute, defunct train tracks were dingy causeways to be avoided. All this is beginning to change. In cities where open space is limited, expensive and scattered, developers and city planners are increasingly seeing old railroads for their hidden potential – land ripe for redevelopment, greenspace and multi-use planning...

August 12, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

Food: Knowing Where it's Growing

Just 30-miles Southwest of Atlanta's bustling gray-toned streets sits a verdant plot of land known as Serenbe. The farm is the source of my family's vegetables we pickup every Tuesday at a drop-off spot in the city...

July 29, 2011 — Robynne Boyd

One Footprint at a Time

Changing light bulbs won't save the world. That's what a friend said during a recent debate about the impact of one person's lifestyle on the planet.

July 14, 2011 — Robynne Boyd
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Science or SciFi?

Science or SciFi?

Vanishing Particles. Spooky Action.