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Science Wednesday: It’s Been a Great Year of Science…What’s Next?

2009 December 2

Each week we write about the science behind environmental protection. Previous Science Wednesdays.

Those of you who have followed Science Wednesday over the past year know that the first week of each month has included a post focused on the monthly theme of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science’s (COPUS) Year of Science celebration, and a Question of the Month. EPA’s Office of Research and Development is a participating member of the COPUS network. Please check back this afternoon for this month’s Year of Science Question of the Month where we will ask if you have any resolutions for the New Year that combine both your health and the health of the environment. We would love to hear from you.

December’s theme—Celebrate Science and Health—is not only a great way to wrap up the year, but a perfect fit for EPA. EPA’s mission is “to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment—air, water and land—upon which life depends.” A lot of human health research is conducted in support of that mission.

What’s next? Over the last 12 months, Science Wednesday has covered everything from nanotechnology to the biodiversity found across entire ecosystems.

What’s in store for 2010? Already, we’re gearing up for regular posts to celebrate some of the incredible science behind the Clean Air Act. This landmark environmental legislation—like the EPA itself—turns 40 in 2010.

One of my own resolutions is keep to Science Wednesday rolling. So, if there are any particular areas of EPA science that you’d like to see covered, please post your suggestion in the comment section below. I’ll do my best see that it’s covered.

Thanks again for everyone who has followed Science Wednesday during 2009, and I look forward to your comments in 2010!

About the author: Aaron Ferster is the lead science writer in EPA’s Office of Research and Development, and the editor of Science Wednesday.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    December 2, 2009

    I always, besides this blog, to see NASA’s covered. Could be link and match between EPA’s and NASA’s ?

  2. Ken Beets permalink
    December 2, 2009

    We have developed a water from air and purified for the life cycle of the water.
    We have a descaling system to descale existing plumbing,fixtures,
    boilers,chillers ets
    We add to this unit a purification unit which kills bacteria,ecoli and
    makes hard water soft, bad water good, smelly water gone and we
    have an unknown reason as to why we have such a problem to
    get the people who want green interested. We will provide a
    test sample for your department to try. We use no chemicals to
    achieve these results. We induce electrons into the system.
    No Pollution!

  3. Dan Dickinson permalink
    December 2, 2009

    Discuss alternative energy sources and their affects on our air quality. Discussion of solar, wind, etc. and what these developments would do for good, green jobs and for our environment.

  4. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    December 2, 2009

    Something that would be good to cover would be the impact of alternative fuels CNG, LNG, hydrogen, and electric power in improving the transportation system and the air. Also, the use of solar power to manufacture the hydrogen and supply power to recharge electric batteries. There is also going to be a new wind farm set up off the east coast next year that might be good to look at. Water conservation and reuse will continue to be of critical importance, but we should look at means other than dams to do this because dams are the most inefficient and most expensive option available. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  5. Al Bannet permalink
    December 3, 2009

    Here are two New Year’s resolutions EPA should adopt:

    !. Commit to a policy of 100% safe recycling of all waste and garbage. Then there would be no difficulty with rule changes.

    2. Launch a study of the effect of overcrowding on the environment and recommend to HHS they support family planning clinics to safely and peacefully reduce the human population to live in balance within each bioregion’s ability to support both a healthy wilderness and a self-regulating human civilization.

  6. Kevin Jones permalink
    January 15, 2010

    We need to keep pushing forward with renewable technology so can ease up on the dependence we have on other countries to feed us our power sources. Like investing more in solar-power-panels. With these kind of initiatives, we can get away from oil use.

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