Lawrence Ledger Opinion

The State We’re In 9/13: Is your yard a ‘food desert’ of non-native plants?

By Michele S. Byers Your yard may be your neighbors’ envy … beautifully landscaped and well maintained, but if it’s full of non-native plants, to...

Letter to the Editor: Lack of endorsement from the NJ Chapter of the League...

To the Editor: As a scientist, I have devoted my 20+ year scientific career to the development of fusion energy - a carbon-free, safe, clean,...

Letter to the Editor: Assemblyman Freiman declines League of Conservation Voters Endorsement

To the Editor: I am gratified that the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) has joined the Sierra Club and recognized me with their endorsement.  My...

The State We’re In 9/6: New Jersey forests age like fine wine

By Michele S. Byers Many things improve with age, like wines, cheeses, friendships, antiques and leather boots. How about forests? It turns out that new research...

Solutions 9/6: The Earth was hot before – what’s the difference today?

By Huck Fairman Our planet has been hot before. There were tropical rain forest in the Arctic. But that was 56 million years ago, long before...

The State We’re In 8/30: ‘Vine that ate the South’ comes north

By Michele S. Byers You might think kudzu – jokingly referred to as “the vine that ate the South” – is an exotic sport. But, it’s...

Solutions 8/30: The decrease in the usage of plastics is necessary

By Huck Fairman In the 1967 movie, "The Graduate," Dustin Hoffman’s character was offered advice for his future in the form of one word, plastics. Now,...

Solutions 8/23: Columbia professor Jeffrey Saks speaks out on warming Earth

By Huck Fairman Daily reports this week from many news sources have been listing the dangerous changes that mankind is seeing on the planet. These include:...

The State We’re In 8/23: Diamondback terrapins, our salt marsh turtles

By Michele S. Byers Why did the turtle cross the road? On a mid-July day, a diamondback terrapin tried to cross busy 2nd Avenue in downtown...

Solutions 8/16: Food & soil shortages: The planet’s declining ability to feed its growing...

By Huck Fairman This week, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned, on top of its 2018 evaluation, that both...

The State We’re In 8/16: Nature can slow climate change

By Michele S. Byers It’s hard to be optimistic in the face of climate change. For instance, just this past week we learned July was...

Letter to the Editor: Reparations? ….Hmmm

To the Editor: The impact of slavery, over the 400 years of the African American experience in America, cannot in any way be measured in...

The State We’re In 8/9: Blue-green algae blooms taking the splash out of summer

By Michele S. Byers At New Jersey’s freshwater lakes and reservoirs, summer usually means long days of swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, wading, water-skiing, rafting and...

Health Matters 8/2: Injuries throw athletes a curve ball

By Barbara Kutch, P.T. Throwing a ball may look fairly easy to the average person, but there is more involved in the action than just...

The State We’re In 8/2: 60 years of farming left? 

By Michele S. Byers The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was one of the worst man-made disasters in our history. Due to poor farming practices and...

Solutions 7/26: Our future and our responses

By Huck Fairman As many Americans look back 50 years at the extraordinary national effort to send men to the Moon, we find ourselves facing...

The State We’re In 7/26: Saving rare Pickering’s morning glories

By Michele S. Byers Anyone who has planted “garden variety” morning glories knows how easily they grow. These showy annuals climb like crazy and produce...

Solutions 7/19: Record heat – Hottest month in human history

By Huck Fairman This June was the hottest month ever recorded in human history. The previous record was set in June 2016. Every month this...
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