Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead

Download the document. In anticipation of future environmental science and engineering challenges and technologic advances, EPA asked the National Research Council (NRC) to assess the overall capabilities of the agency to develop, obtain, and use the best available scientific and technologic information and tools to meet persistent, emerging, and future mission challenges and opportunities. Although …

Environmental scientist uses art to communicate Great Lakes issues

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. A University of Michigan ecosystem scientist uses art to communicate environmental issues to the wider public. Sara Adlerstein González, 60, studies aquatic ecology at the university’s School of Natural Resources. She is displaying some of her work at an art show called Water Blues through the end …

U.N. Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Gap Widening

Greenhouse gas emissions could rise to 58 gigatonnes (Gt) by 2020—far above the level that many scientists say is needed to keep the global temperature rise they predict to less than 2°C this century. A new study, The Emissions Gap Report 2012, says that if the world stays on a business-as-usual trajectory, more drastic and …

What’s really killing energy behavior change?

Read the full post at GreenBiz. For many years, we’ve asked consumers who they most blame for rising energy costs. And for years, respondents have said they most blame either 1) oil companies, or 2) the U.S. government – with utilities much farther down the list. This year, in light of declining natural gas prices, …

You are the policy leaders we have been waiting for

Read the full post at GreenBiz. This is an exciting time to be a sustainable and responsible business. The quiet revolution of growth in business sustainability and responsibility has the potential to change our economic landscape for the better. And yet, we risk remaining a marginal part of the entire economy unless there are significant …

Entering the murky solutions space

Read the full post at Climate Access. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the election, U.S. political leaders including President Obama, Governor Cuomo, and Mayor Bloomberg are directly calling out the need to address climate disruption, both in terms of reducing use of carbon-based fuels as well as preparing communities and individuals to better …