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…

Water is Life

California passed a unique statute in 2012 declaring access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation to be a human right. This measure was necessary given that a potential 39 million people in the state…

Racial Disparities Still Exist in Air Pollution

A new federally funded study found that people of color are still more likely to suffer from air pollution┬áthan the white population in the United States. While the results of this study aren’t shocking, the results…

Environmental Justice, Hookworm, and the American South

Hookworm, an intestinal parasite often found in areas of extreme poverty, is making a comeback in an unexpected place: the American South. More than one in three people tested in southern Alabama tested positive for the…

A Solution to Houston’s Transit Problem

Nearly 91% of Houston, Texas’s residents travel alone by car to get to work. After Hurricane Harvey devastated┬ásouthern Texas and Louisiana, experts estimate that up to one million cars and trucks were destroyed by the storm….

The Problem of Lead in a Trump Administration

In Buffalo, NY, Lacie Manzella’s three children had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood, resulting in nosebleeds and development disorders for her youngest son. County inspectors found at least 15 lead-based violations in her…