Scientists say New York City already faces much worse flood risks due to rising seas

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

In a new study, scientists say that the risk of major hurricane or storm-driven flooding in New York City is already considerably higher than it was 1,000 or even 100 years ago, thanks both to a considerable rise in sea level, but also, they say, to changes in the nature of storms.

Climate change threatens perch, other warm-water fish

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo.

Some fish may find that short, warm winters are not fun in the sun, according to a recent study of Lake Erie perch.

In fact, climate change may cause more harm to certain fish than researchers once thought.

Fish living in mild-temperature regions benefit from some aspects of climate change, such as more water flowing through rivers. But the negative impacts outweigh the positive ones, according to the study “Short Winters Threaten Temperate Fish Populations” published in Nature Communications last July.

Lawmakers: You Don’t Have to Choose Between Cleaning the Air and Stabilizing the Climate

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

A new study by scientists based in Europe and China, in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, argues that air quality and climate change measures should be viewed as complementary rather than counter-balancing. Many steps to address air pollutants can also limit global warming, if policies look at the root problem rather than taking weaker actions aimed at containing the damage.




Goods manufactured in China not good for the environment, study finds

Read the full story from the University of California-Irvine.

In a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, scientists from three universities show that products made in China are associated with significantly higher carbon dioxide emissions than the same products made elsewhere.

Historic Building Performs Equal to or Better Than New Buildings

Read the full post at RMI Outlet.

The Byron Rogers building, located in downtown Denver and owned by the U.S. General Services Administration, is a model of how deep energy retrofits can create more efficient, financially valuable, and more productive workspaces.

Inner Workings: Paving with plants

Read the full story in Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.

Most thruways are made from rocks and gravel held together with asphalt, a petroleum product. Chemist Ted Slaghek envisions a time when the trucks, cars, and bicycles of his native Netherlands will travel over green roads –literally.
Slaghek has high hopes for a material found in woody plants, called lignin. With the right balance of chemical components, lignin pavings, he says, could prove to be resilient and cost-effective. However, he’ll have to make both the scientific and economic case.

25 Years Preventing Pollution: A Retrospective Report

Updated 9/30/15 to correct link to document.

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The Pollution Prevention (P2) Act, passed 25 years ago, represented a paradigm shift in our nation’s approach to solving pollution problems. In clear terms, the Act called for industry, government, and the public to look upstream in manufacturing processes — to prevent sources of pollution rather than use end-of-pipe reduction or clean-up strategies. To contextualize the Act within a larger history of pollution prevention, this report seeks to answer a few questions: Where did the conceptual shift from control to prevention come from? What has been the Act’s impact or legacy? And what’s next?