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Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change

Noel Healy, Salem State University; Jennie C. Stephens, Northeastern University, and Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University Many Democratic lawmakers aim to pass a Green New Deal, a package of policies that would mobilize vast amounts of money to create new jobs and address inequality while fighting climate change. Led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Read more about Fossil fuels are bad for your health and harmful in many ways besides climate change[…]

Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants

Jeremiah Johnson, North Carolina State University and Joseph F. DeCarolis, North Carolina State University Due to their decreasing costs, lithium-ion batteries now dominate a range of applications including electric vehicles, computers and consumer electronics. You might only think about energy storage when your laptop or cellphone are running out of juice, but utilities can plug Read more about Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants[…]

How energy efficiency delivers green dividends in red and blue states

David Cash, University of Massachusetts Boston The Green New Deal, a bundle of proposed policies that would combat climate change, create green jobs and address economic inequities, is eliciting the usual partisan debate over what to do about global warming. But one humble and noncontroversial way to reduce carbon pollution has been gathering steam in Read more about How energy efficiency delivers green dividends in red and blue states[…]

How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities

Miguel Altieri, University of California, Berkeley During the partial federal shutdown in December 2018 and January 2019, news reports showed furloughed government workers standing in line for donated meals. These images were reminders that for an estimated one out of eight Americans, food insecurity is a near-term risk. In California, where I teach, 80 percent Read more about How urban agriculture can improve food security in US cities[…]

Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics

Anastasia Telesetsky, University of Idaho Single-use plastics are a blessing and a curse. They have fueled a revolution in commercial and consumer convenience and improved hygiene standards, but also have saturated the world’s coastlines and clogged landfills. By one estimate 79 percent of all plastic ever produced is now in a dump, a landfill or the Read more about Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics[…]

Capturing carbon to fight climate change is dividing environmentalists

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, Georgetown University and Holly Jean Buck, University of California, Los Angeles Environmental activists are teaming up with fresh faces in Congress to advocate for a Green New Deal, a bundle of policies that would fight climate change while creating new jobs and reducing inequality. Not all of the activists agree on what Read more about Capturing carbon to fight climate change is dividing environmentalists[…]

Switching to electric vehicles could save the US billions, but timing is everything

F. Todd Davidson, University of Texas at Austin; Dave Tuttle, University of Texas at Austin; Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin, and Kazunori Nagasawa, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Today, less than 2 percent of the vehicles Americans buy are electric. But within the next three decades, some automotive industry experts expect electric vehicles Read more about Switching to electric vehicles could save the US billions, but timing is everything[…]

Why covering the environment is one of the most dangerous beats in journalism

Eric Freedman, Michigan State University From the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi by Saudi agents to President Trump’s clashes with the White House press corps, attacks on reporters are in the news. This problem extends far beyond the politics beat, and world leaders aren’t the only threats. At Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Read more about Why covering the environment is one of the most dangerous beats in journalism[…]

George H.W. Bush understood that markets and the environment weren’t enemies

Matthew Kahn, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Nov. 30, was admirable for many reasons, from his skillful leadership through the end of the Cold War to his personal warmth and courtesy. As an environmental economist, I believe his approach to Read more about George H.W. Bush understood that markets and the environment weren’t enemies[…]