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  • For years, backcountry skiers have been illegally cutting trees and brush to open up trails. As the sport grows in popularity, officials with Green Mountain National Forest hope a new pilot program in Vermont could become a model to curb unsanctioned cutting, and expand terrain at the same time.  Professor Nick Reo and Dartmouth students are designing backcountry ski/snowboard trails that are as low impact on the forest and wildlife as possible and are monitoring for unintended ecological...

  • Nature’s “books in brief” columnist Barb Kiser has posted her top 20 books of the year on Nature’s “A View from the Bridge” blog.  Professor Sneddon's Concrete Revolution is in the top 20.  Read the entire list here.

  • As the Paris climate talks enter the homestretch this week, with leaders of more than 150 countries and delegates from 195 countries striving to reach a legally binding and universal agreement on slowing global warming, many members of the Dartmouth community participated—in official and nonofficial capacities. Prominent among the Dartmouth attendees is Todd Stern ’73, who is leading the U.S. delegation at the conference, known as COP21. He is the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for...

  • While Google’s street view cameras might be able to show images of what climate change looks like, Dartmouth graduate students affiliated with the Dickey Center’s interdisciplinary environmental initiative are taking on the challenge of bringing the science of climate change into the classroom.

    Read the Graduate Forum article here.

  • By Anne Kapuscinski and George Leonard

    Genetically engineered salmon: a turning point for the future of seafood?

    If you care about your food and its environmental sustainability, you should be concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval, on Nov. 19, of a faster growing, farmed Atlantic salmon—the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption.

    Read the Dartmouth Now article at...

  • Two Dartmouth faculty members have been selected as 2015 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.  Professors Ian Baker and Andrew Friedland are among the 347 new Fellows recognized by AAAS this year for their distinguished efforts to advance...

  • Professor Karol Kawiaka structures her class around dialogue between students, staff, and alumni. In ENVS 80.03, students incorporate concepts learned into proposals for innovative sustainability projects at Dartmouth. These ideas have motivated students to have an impact.

    Learn more here.

  • With less than two weeks until the President attends the Conference on Climate Change, the Administration is committed to building momentum and ensuring a variety of stakeholders are at the table to act on climate. As part of that effort, the White House today announced that more than 200 university and college campuses signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action by world leaders in Paris next month. These schools include...

  • Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and the US Bureau of Reclamation

    Christopher Sneddon, University of Chicago Press (2015), ISBN: 9780226284316

    In this stellar history, geographer Christopher Sneddon traces the twentieth-century boom that saw 50,000 big dams built worldwide. The US Bureau of Reclamation presided, from the Great Depression megaproject Hoover Dam to the cold-war export of bureau engineers to more than 100 countries. Yet by...

  • Anne Kapuscinski, a professor of sustainability science in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College, assumed the chairmanship of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) board of directors on October 28, 2015. She is the first woman to serve in this role.

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