A More Sustainable Lifestyle – By Kids

The ultimate solution to humanity’s numerous environmental problems is to develop a culture of sustainability.  A model for how to better incorporate sustainable practices in to our lives is now coming from an unexpected source –…

The Danger of Chemical Floods

Over 2,500 sites that handle toxic substances are in flood-prone areas, with 1,400 of these sites located in areas at high risk of flooding. As Huricane Harvey showed in Houston, flooding in locations with a high…

Keystone Continues, Despite Warning Signs

Last week, the Nebraska Public Service Commission approved a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline that, although approving an alternative route, cleared the final regulatory hurdle in a multi-year fight against the pipeline. The decision to…

Addressing Lead From Airplanes

Although lead was removed from automobile and other transportation in the late 90’s and there is no safe limit for exposure to lead, airplane fuel still contains lead. In fact, lead from airplane fuel is the…

Regenerative Agriculture to Combat Poverty?

Poverty has long been a topic of discussion in political spheres, and the ideas proposed to combat poverty are far too numerous for this post. However, one recently discussed idea not only reverses poverty but also…

Offshore Wind: A New Habitat?

A new study examining offshore wind turbines in the North Sea has found that these turbines increase biodiversity in their regions by providing a habitat for keystone species. Specifically, these turbines provide a habitat for the…

Life Without Electricity

Can you imagine living life without electricity? Food storage, communication devices, and other essentials for daily modern life depend on electricity. Yet, Puerto Rico continues to lack electricity, with 79% of the island without power over…

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…