Dr. Emily Bernhardt is a professor in Duke University's department of biology. She has a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. Her research on watersheds, rivers and wetlands has regularly led her to questions about the impacts of acid rain, of mountaintop removal coal mining and of coal combustion pollution. She currently serves as the president of the Society for Freshwater Science, an international scientific society devoted to promoting the study of surface waters.
Science Jun 15Column: What does ‘clean coal’ mean and can it save the planet?
The difference between coal and renewable energy is not whether they each pollute, but the forms that pollution takes, writes Duke University ecologist Emily S. Bernhardt.