All posts by "Heather Hassel-Finnegan" →

One of the greatest challenges in wildlife conservation is managing the effects of habitat fragmentation. The human population, as it sprawls across the landscape, develops wide swaths of land that were previously undisturbed animal habitat....

Read More →

A single shuttle launch to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) costs the federal government upwards of 50 million dollars. Because of this lofty price tag, resources in space must be used extremely cautiously. It’s no surprise...

Read More →

A recent study found that the average American spends about 45% of their waking hours using information-accessing technology (computers, phones, etc). The computing equipment needed to maintain this level of activity is stored in facilities...

Read More →

President Obama has called for the United States to produce 80% of the nation’s energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2035. This is the moon mission of our generation. And just like the moon mission,...

Read More →

Each year, Americans . Only about 9% of this waste is recycled. This means that the vast majority of plastic waste discarded in this country ends up in incinerators or landfills. Traditional plastics require sunlight...

Read More →

Despite its feel-good moniker, “Happiness Studies” is a well-respected data driven field of psychology that has gained significant momentum over the last several decades. Researchers in the field are tackling fascinating questions. Is an individual’s...

Read More →

The most arresting feature of the newly constructed One World Trade Center is it’s reflective surface, which mirrors the lush greens of the memorial lawns below, and the serene blue of the sky above. This...

Read More →

In the middle of the last century, a new term “Planned Obsolescence” entered the business vernacular. Planned obsolescence is a production strategy where goods are specifically designed to have a short life span. Countless disposable...

Read More →

Several decades ago, sustainable agriculture was a fringe movement. Increasingly, sustainable business practices are moving into the mainstream. This is great for human and environmental health. But, it also means that the sustainable food marketplace...

Read More →

Urbanization is one of the primary factors affecting the decline of global bird populations.  Bird habitat is being degraded and destroyed at alarming rates, and what habitat remains is often unevenly distributed across the landscape....

Read More →