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Map: wild bees at risk


Wild Bee Decline Threatens U.S. Crop Production

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in key agricultural areas across the country.

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UVM professor Jennie Stephens at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris


Paradoxes of Paris: Reflections from COP21

Professor Jennie Stephens reflects on the feelings of hope and futility in the air in Paris as world leaders attempt to create a plan to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.

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From left, sophomore Gina Fiorile and professors Asim Zia, Lini Wollenberg and Jennie Stephens


Meet UVM’s COP21 Team

World leaders, academics and activists and will gather in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference. Learn how UVM scholars will impact COP21.

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Vermont Youth Climate Summit


UVM Hosts Second Vermont Youth Climate Summit

The top floor of UVM’s Davis Center was crawling with teens Nov. 20, as the university held its second Vermont Youth Climate Summit. More than 120 Vermont high school students and teachers from 14 high schools gathered at the student center to create climate action plans designed to reduce the carbon footprint of their high ...

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William Cronon


William Cronon’s Aiken Lecture: How Sustainable is Sustainability?

In the 1980s almost no one used the term “sustainability.” Today, it is as pervasive in political and economic conversation as billboards are in New Jersey. From elementary school curricula to corporate chief sustainability officers to United Nations commissions — it’s “a dominant foci in the modern world,” William ...

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Allen Brook, Vermont


Stream Study Raises New Questions About Lake Pollution

For decades, phosphorus pollution has been contributing to unwanted algae blooms in many lakes—including Lake Champlain. A raft of recent research has pointed a finger at eroding streambanks, suggesting that their washed-out soils are a major source of this phosphorus flow.

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