Category: Richard Primack

Researchers: Please Stop Peeing in Walden Pond

NECN Richard Primack Walden Pond is supposed to be a serene setting, but researchers say placid does not mean pristine and human urine is taking a toll on the iconic Massachusetts locale… Expert quote: “Eventually, the water will get cloudy with algae, and there might be scum on top of the pond. We really need to […]

How Thoreau Helped Make Walden Pond One Of The Best Places To Study Climate Change In The U.S.

WBUR quoting Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Today is the 200th birthday of author, activist and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau…” Expert quote: “We know that climate change is partially responsible. A lot of the species that have declined the most are the cold-loving, northern wild flowers.” View full article. 

Mount Auburn Cemetery Tree Trackers Gather Climate Data Amid Changing Beauty

WBUR quoting Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “About 10 years ago, Liza Ketchum of Watertown noticed that the peonies in her garden were unfurling their big, showy blooms more than three weeks earlier than normal…” Expert quote: “What we know is that plants are now flowering about two weeks earlier than […]

Spring’s early arrival is a troubling indicator of climate change

WGBH Richard Primack, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “It’s spring, and everywhere you look flowers are blooming and trees are sprouting leaves…” Expert quote: “There’s actually a plant I never noticed here before,” he said. “Maybe it could be new. This is a bigtooth aspen.” View full interview.