New Energy Versus Old Money

On March 25, 2011, Jim Gordon, a successful entrepreneur  in the New England energy market gave a lively talk at Columbia University about the Cape Wind energy project.  Cape Wind is arguably America’s most controversial renewable energy project.  It was met with vehement not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) opposition by some of America’s wealthiest and most powerful families. … Continue reading

Chimpanzees Have Feelings, Too: A book review of Andrew Westoll’s The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

If you have ever, even once, wanted to feel the connection between humans and primates, and get a glimpse into their human-esque emotions and behaviors, Andrew Westoll’s book The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary will satisfy that need, but with a dark twist. Westoll tells the story of the tumultuous lives of thirteen chimps from labs … Continue reading

Doctor Joseph Graziano: Scientist and Philanthropist

Entering the 40th year of his research, Dr. Joseph Graziano is just now finding one of the joys of his career.  Renowned for developing the drug to treat childhood lead poisoning, he currently is working to find and combat the arsenic in drinking water in Bangladesh.  I met with him on one of the first … Continue reading

Opening Our Eyes to a Hidden Source of Pollution

Once likened to fruitcake by my civil engineering professor, Kenneth Hover, concrete is about as sweet as the infamously rejected dessert that serves as a metaphor for its composition. Pollution from trucks is unmistakably visible as billowing black smoke from tailpipes. It’s less obvious that concrete deserves a similar recognition for its carbon footprint.  Unbelievably, … Continue reading