Hurricanes and Toxic Waste

What happens to toxic waste and other chemical pollutants after a hurricane? A more fundamental question is what happens to all debris after a hurricane? If you place waterlogged wood, drywall, metal, oil, and other debris…

Contaminants Resulting from Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on Houston, which eventually flowed into the Houston Ship Channel. Rebecca Hersher, Digging in the Mud to See What Toxic Substances Were Spread by Hurricane Harvey, (Oct. 23, 2017),…

Environmental Information: Research, Access and Environmental Decisionmaking

Professor Sara Lamdan recently published Environmental Information: Research, Access and Environmental Decisionmaking, an in-depth guide on how to find environmental information to use in environmental work and decision making. The book goes beyond research, to guide…

The True Killer: Heat

Despite the dangers of extreme weather events,┬áthe force killing the most Americans in 2017 is heat. Heat is already a global issue, with the effects of heat causing drought, extreme migration, and death in places like…

Community Gardens Rejuvenate Milwaukee

Milwaukee boasts more per capita community gardens, farms, and farmers’ markets than any other city in the nation. In addition, the city of about 600,000 boasts numerous “farm-to-table” restaurants. For a city where about 30% of…

The Plastics are Everywhere

Plastics are everywhere. They are in our clothes, our furniture, our cars, our cutlery and dinnerware, and our bodies. A recent study by Orb Media found that plastics exist in the tap water of our largest…