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Friday Favorite blogroll: Ensia

February 1, 2014Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on Friday Favorite blogroll: Ensia

Yeah, I know, I’m a day late on this.  Sorry about that.

Ensia, the magazine hosted by University’s Institute on the Environment, is well worth a long look and a bookmark (or however you keep track of digital resources that you should return to repeatedly).  As befits knowledge coming out of a university, it has a sometimes-iconoclastic, always innovative tone.  For example,readers are regularly provoked with questions, or challenged to “think again” about a topic that they may have thought they had an answer for.

Water is the environmental issue that we know best, so we’ll illustrate our take on Ensia through some of their work on water.  Sometimes, we find something that is really rewarding, what some folks might call a “Big Idea Piece,” such as the article “Rethinking Big Water,” on conservation efforts in Las Vegas.

Sometimes, though, I just don’t think I’m quite on board yet with some of the innovative challenges, such as the idea that large dams can alleviate climate change.  Maybe, but there’s a lot to consider there.

And that is really Ensia’s value: challenging received ideas and bringing innovative thinking forward that is grounded in rigorous analysis and strong research.

To learn more, and keep up with the conversation, go to the Ensia web site, follow @ensiamedia on Twitter, or follow Executive Director Todd Reubold on Twitter  at @treubold.  The Twitter stream is lively with many retweets from readers across the world.

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