Diedre Paterno-Pai

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Water, Energy and Climate Change: Oh My!

February 12th, 2009

Hydropower is this weird “renewable energy” source that no one really knows how to talk about in the popular media. I don’t recall once hearing a campaigning Barack Obama mention it when he discussed the merits of renewable energy. Sure, hydropower doesn’t produce as much carbon as a big barrel of oil. But it’s certainly not […] More

We’re Drying Up…But Will We Notice?

January 29th, 2009

When a resource crisis hits in developed countries, we begin to see how wasteful our behaviors are. When gas prices in the United States and other countries soared over the summer months, we learned how to be more careful with our fuel in a very short period of time! Suddenly we were driving less, doing […] More

Preventing the Next Dust Bowl

December 13th, 2008

Water: Humans need it, and so does every other mammal. We absolutely can not live without it. Serendipitously, it happens to actually fall from the sky. But unfortunately water doesn’t always fall when we need it to or where it would be convenient. And as we’re seeing across a lot of the United States right […] More

Nothing is Ever Black, White…or Green

December 12th, 2008

We all want to know — paper or plastic? We all want a green answer to the way we live our lives. But rarely is there one green answer — no silver bullet to saving our natural world. Nothing is ever black and white. Or green. This really hit home with me when my daughter […] More

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