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Oct 29, 2016
Wolverines are extremely shy, but fierce, scavengers with big claws that can dig up frozen carcasses, and jaws that are powerful enough to bite through them. They thrive in winter conditions and build their dens right in the snow. Historically, they've been heavily trapped and so researchers...Read more >
Oct 27, 2016
Dr. Tracey Osborne, partnering with Amazon Watch on the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, built a platform that factually and compellingly demonstrates the geographic footprint of Amazonian oil reserves and the human and natural resources its extraction threatens. Specific outcomes of this Switzer...Read more >
Oct 17, 2016
Fellow Joe Rand says research from the Berkeley Lab, Elevate Energy and the Center for Sustainable Energy shows that buyers think solar is a desirable feature, but that they, realtors and appraisers need more help to find and value solar homes.Read more >
Oct 3, 2016
A job in SciComm involves you communicating science, typically to laypeople but sometimes even to other scientists. Examples include formal science education in a classroom, informal education in a setting like a museum, outreach to various populations and science writing.Read more >
Oct 3, 2016
ECO-STEAM in education has the potential to help turn our educational institutions, and indeed our everyday lives, into laboratories of discovery and innovation in order to emulate nature.Read more >
Sep 22, 2016
Overview: The national non-profit Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) seeks the support of the Switzer Network of Fellows to strengthen its new project, which has been designed to reduce the impacts of linear oil and gas pipeline development on wetlands and streams in the United States...Read more >
Sep 19, 2016
Fellow J. Morgan Grove writes that within some neighborhoods, scientists are documenting a connection between trees and a specific social improvement: a reduction in crime. These studies combine modern mapping technology with spatial and economic statistics to compare crime levels between similar urban neighborhoods in the same city.Read more >
Sep 8, 2016
As of May 2016, the Switzer Foundation has fully (99.98%) divested from the top 200 fossil fuel companies named in the Carbon Underground 200. The future challenge that remains for us is the investment side of the commitment. How do we invest in a clean energy future? How do we sustain returns to maintain our programs?Read more >
Sep 5, 2016
Fellow Sarah Hameed discusses the Marine Conservation Institute's proposed Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) to address the growing threats to life in sea. It will be a strategic network of strongly protected marine areas awarded designation according to science-based standards.Read more >
Aug 22, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its latest global urban air pollution database, including information for nearly 3,000 cities—a doubling from the 2014 database, which itself had data from 500 more cities than the previous (2011) iteration. These increases in coverage in air pollution measurement and reporting is encouraging, but the WHO numbers reveal that we still have a ways to go to construct a comprehensive and accurate picture of global air quality.Read more >

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