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Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.
Ellen Moyer is an independent environmental consultant with a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. With over 30 years of professional experience, she is a registered professional engineer in four states as well as a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Having worked on some of the most challenging contaminated sites in the United States, including numerous Superfund sites, areas of expertise include assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination, engineering economics, sustainability, water supply protection, and project, program, and quality management. She authored or co-authored more than 25 articles and 2 books and co-presented more than 100 seminars on assessing and remediating contaminated soil and groundwater. The books are MTBE Remediation Handbook and The Economics of Leak Detection and Repair Programs: A Case Study Approach. Her upcoming third book, with the working title Creating Great Times: For Our Earth, Our Species, and Our Selves, is for a non-technical audience. She can be contacted at

Entries by Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Help Donald Trump Get the Sleep He So Desperately Needs

(7) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:08 AM

More than half of American teenagers suffer from severe sleep deprivation.
Photo credit: Bialasiewicz

The New York Times recently conjured up a "sleep-deprivation theory" about presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who says he needs only three or four hours...

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Meat Eating -- What Should We Do?

(33) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 4:16 PM

Photo Credit: Richard Dunn

The global population of farm animals is growing twice as fast as the human population, creating "the other population crisis." How big is this problem? About 10 times as many animals as there...

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Eat Well and Don't Wreck the Planet: Choose Organic

(16) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 3:03 PM

Organic farmer Joel Salatin gives a tour of Polyface Farm, in Virginia. He stands inside electric netting surrounding a flock of laying hens and their portable coop, dubbed an Eggmobile.
Credit: nick v from washington dc/


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Biomass, Biofuel, Biopower, and Bioenergy: Sound So Cool But Wreck the Climate and Rip Us Off

(14) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 12:03 PM

Climate change is telling us to stop pitching pollution into the atmosphere--in much the same way that the bubonic plague taught our ancestors to stop dumping filth into the streets in the Middle Ages. We listened then, but not now.

Governments continue paying industries huge bonuses to release carbon...

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Bridging the Geezer-Young Person Gap to Drive Climate Change Solutions

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 5:47 PM

Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, a leader in intergenerational action on climate change. Photo by Brendon Purdy.

After decades of uncontrolled greenhouse gas emissions and mounting impacts, we now need an "all hands on deck" cooperative approach to develop workable,...

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Liquidating Our Water Resources - California Drought Highlights Unsustainable Agricultural Practices

(22) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 12:50 PM

The drought in California is now in its fourth year and the worst on record. All Americans should be concerned, because California produces nearly half of U.S.-grown fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Furthermore, 40 states in the U.S. are expected to experience water shortages within the coming...

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Elders Take Action on Climate Change

(13) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Kathleen Schomaker of Gray is Green at the People's Climate March in New York City in September 2014: "Elders need to see ourselves as ancestors with a call to action on behalf of the future."

Elders around the world may be our...

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Colleges and Universities Answer the Call on Climate Change

(12) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 11:53 AM

This spring is anything but silent on university campuses when it comes to the issue of climate change. Many colleges and universities have been making powerful efforts to speak about the climate problem.

On March 26, Clark University in Massachusetts -- a private institution with approximately 3300 undergraduate and...

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Art and Climate Change - Inspiring a Sustainable Future

(15) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 2:34 PM

Photographer Gary Braasch inspects the smooth wall of an ice cave inside Marr Glacier on Anvers Island in Antarctica. This cave melted away several years after the photograph was made.

"Huh?" That was my initial reaction when I heard...

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It's Time to Fix the Climate -- Why Do We Delay?

(57) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 12:57 PM

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama said: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." Yet worsening climate data prove we're not doing enough. Why do we delay action?

People are daunted by the gradual nature, incomprehensible consequences and global...

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Cost-Effective Solutions to the Climate Crisis Await - It's Time to Stop Waffling

(63) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 9:49 AM

People around the world see climate change as a major threat, and Americans are becoming increasingly concerned. Yet the World Meteorological Association writes that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere "reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in...

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Antibiotics in Our Food: Chemical Warfare We Cannot Win

(8) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:39 AM


Given current concern about the Ebola virus, it's surprising that the public isn't more alarmed about "superbugs." Superbugs are infectious bacteria that have mutated to adapt to antibiotics that were designed to kill them, making the drugs ineffective. According to the

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Fanning the Flames With Fire Retardants

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:40 PM

In a reckless, "hope-for-the-best" approach that puts us all at risk, U.S. policy allows the release of synthetic chemicals into the environment -- before their potentially devastating impacts have been adequately evaluated. Multiple Senate bills to fix this toxic system over the past decade have been snuffed out....

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How a Housewife Transformed an Open Sewer into a Swimmable River

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:46 PM


In the 1960s the Nashua River was starved of oxygen, biologically dead, and one of the ten most polluted rivers in the United States. The sludge-filled river, which flows through New Hampshire and Massachusetts, was a different color every day, depending...

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Frogs in a Warming Climate Pot: Let's Jump Out Now Before We 'Croak'

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 11:16 AM

The U.S. Global Change Research Program's third National Climate Assessment (NCA), released on May 6, stridently warns us to act immediately to address climate change, saying it's not too late to prevent the worst effects, including but not limited to inundation of land by rising sea levels, food...

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The Power of Our Food Choices

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 6:19 PM

We see the problems in our lives and in the world and ask, "What can we do?" The answer is, "We're doing it now." Whether we like it or not, or know it or not, our small actions repeated day after day add up to huge impacts. Consumers weigh in...

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Landslide in Oso, Washington -- Don't Blame Nature and Acts of God for Reckless Logging

(101) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 4:44 PM

The 300-acre landslide in Oso, Washington, which killed at least 30 people and destroyed the local community on March 22, 2014, reveals a consequence of a relatively unregulated and unseen industry: logging. Logging was not the sole cause of the disaster -- March was the wettest on record, a condition...

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Monarch Butterflies: Industrial Agricultural Warfare Is Killing Them, Us

(128) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 11:08 AM

The nonprofit organization Make Way for Monarchs is calling for April 14, 2014, the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's death, to be a day of action and contemplation for monarch butterflies and other imperiled pollinators. As genetically modified (GM), herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops such as corn, soy and...

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Trees Are Our Climate Saviors - So Stop Logging on Public Land

(18) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 3:45 PM

"Climate change is a fact," President Obama said in his State of the Union address on January 28, 2014, "and when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy,...

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Nine Reasons to Hope

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 9:14 AM

I am relaxing in a courthouse waiting room and will soon find out whether I'll be selected to sit on a jury. My fellow jury pool members -- of every color, gender, and persuasion -- sit quietly in rows. The television in the room treats us to images of a...

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