Alternative Fuel Sources Discussed: An Interview with Professor John Katers


EarthToys emagazine recently published an interview with professor John Katers about alternative fuels. Katers has a doctorate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University, a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Business Administration both from University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB). In this interview, Dr. Katers discusses wood and switch grass as alternative fuel sources, in addition to his work teaching about alternative energy at UWGB.

Cancer Deaths Decreasing?

CNN-Health recently reported that cancer deaths seem to be decreasing for the first time since this information started being recorded in the U.S. That was 1930, by the way. Cancer deaths have dropped from 557,271 in 2002 to 556,902 in 2003. There is some debate as to what this means. Are people eating better, living healthier lives? Or are cancer treatments more effective? Please read more at A Concerned Scientist.

Commercial Compost Criticized

The commercial watchdog group Gardening Which? recently performed a study on commercially available composts. The results of the study were surprising. It was found that many organic composts available on the market are of very poor quality. You can read the full article here. We feel that the remedy to this problem is to start your own compost bin, so that you regulate the quality of the compost. Making your own compost is also a great way to save money and help the environment. Need help getting started? Read more here. Need to purchase composting supplies? Check out the Compost Store.

Protected: the Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest in Canada is likely to be set aside as a protected area this year, making it one of the largest protected areas in North America. Located off of British Colombia’s north coast, this park would set aside millions of hectares of prime temperate rainforest, which are home to grizzly bears, salmon, and other unique wildlife. There are many stakeholders in the protection of this land, including the Canadian government, various environmental groups, logging companies and First Nation tribes. Read more about this unique area here.

Natural Garden Remedies. Do They Work?

There are dozens of natural garden remedies that have been handed down from generation to generation and from family to family. In “The Truth About Garden Remedies,” things like putting a cup of beer out to trap slugs and snails and playing music to get your houseplant to grow are put under the microscope and analyzed by a professor from the University of Minnesota. Those gardeners who like to pick things apart with science will love this book. Those of a more “faith-based” persuasion may be better off avoiding it. Read a review of the book in the Seattle Times here. Buy the book here.