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Nitrogen, carbon and forests

Nitrogen, carbon and forests

Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have received a National Science Foundation Award to better understand how forests and other vegetation control nitrogen and sequester carbon in watersheds and how this dynamic...

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Quirky bankruptcy throws a wrench into NH solar

New Hampshire's solar commercial rebate program is being shut to new applications, due to a lack of funds, due mostly to a little-known energy supplier in New Hampshire with some very big contracts that went bankruptcy. Bob Sanders of NH Business Review has the...

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Maine is racing toward a floating wind farm

"Despite setbacks and delays, the UMaine project is likely to be the first floating commercial-scale wind farm in the U.S." says Portland Press-Herald's Tux Turkel, probably the most experienced energy reporter still writing for a New England newspaper. UMaine and its...

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Burning wood for energy remains a, well, hot topic

Burning wood for energy remains a, well, hot topic

Whether it's good or bad to burn wood to create heat and/or electricity is a contentious topic that has been featured here more than once. It has risen to the fore again in New Hampshire because of the shutdown of some biomass electricity plants up north as part of a...

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About Granite Geek

Dave Brooks has written a science/tech column since 1991 – yes, that long – and has written this blog since 2006, keeping an eye on topics of geekish interest in and around New Hampshire, from software to sea level rise, population dynamics to printing (3-D, of course). He moderates monthly Science Cafe NH discussions, beer in hand, and discusses the geek world regularly on WKXL radio in Concord.

Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics but got lost on the way to the Ivory Tower and ended up in a newsroom. He has reported for newspapers from Tennessee to New England. Rummage through his bag of awards you’ll find oddities like three Best Blog prizes from the New Hampshire Press Association and a Writer of the Year award from the N.H. Farm and Forest Bureau, of all places. He joined the Concord Monitor in 2015.

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