Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities Are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California

Download the document. ...this is the third in atrilogy which aims to contribute to local and national conversations on climate solutions and policy choices....our first report, The Climate Gap: Inequalities in How Climate Change Hurts Americans & How to Close the Gap (2009), synthesized available data on the disproportionate and unequal health and economic consequences …

Chemical “Soup” Clouds Connection between Toxins and Poor Health

Read the full story at Scientific American. From plastics to flame retardants, the ubiquitous chemicals of our daily lives have raised public health concerns like never before. Inside the Beltway, however, data-crunching scientists are often no match for industry lobbyists and corporate lawyers. The exception, no doubt, is Linda Birnbaum, the toxicologist who leads, two …

Thriving with less this holiday season

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. The extremes of America’s culture of excess were on display this past weekend, with the madness of holiday shopping. But do people really need all that stuff? That’s the question some students at Michigan State University set out to answer.  Earlier this year a group of them …

Pharmaceuticals difficult to treat in drinking water

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. The emerging threat of pharmaceuticals, everyday chemicals and personal care products in drinking water may be the most difficult that water treatment plants have faced. Lake Michigan takes 99 years to “turn over,” meaning chemicals that entered the lake a century ago may only just be exiting, …

Bioengineered Marine Algae Expands Environments Where Biofuels Can Be Produced

Read the full story from the University of California, San Diego. Biologists at UC San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that marine algae can be just as capable as fresh water algae in producing biofuels. The scientists genetically engineered marine algae to produce five different kinds of industrially important enzymes and say the …

Fracking in Michigan: U-M Researchers Study Potential Impact on Health, Environment, Economy

Read the full story from the University of Michigan. University of Michigan researchers are conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal effects of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling process known as fracking. In hydraulic fracturing, large amounts of water, sand and chemicals are injected deep underground to break apart rock …