The Vertical Farm

by Aaron Martin Did you know that in New York City there are 10 rats for every person? Perhaps you suspected as much, and Dr. Despommier confirms this suspicion in his delightful new book, “The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century.”  What I didn’t know was that this army of rats is … 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

Dear Dunkin Donuts: Let Go of The Styrofoam

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing on my mind is usually how quickly I can get out the door to get a cup of coffee.  Yes, I’m addicted to caffeine.  I know it would be much easier to make a pot myself but I prefer to grab a cup of coffee … Continue reading