These Google StreetView Cars Are Now Mapping And Measuring Pollution

Read the full story in Fast Company. If you stand next to an experimental Google StreetView car in Oakland, you’ll hear whirring. On top of the vehicle–below the usual cameras taking photos of the street–a mechanical system with pumps is pulling in the outdoor air, feeding it through a set of tubes to air-pollution monitoring …

How New York Is Turning Food Waste Into Compost and Gas

Read the full story in the New York Times. New Yorkers already have blue and green bins for recycling glass, metal, paper and plastic. But now brown bins for organic waste are starting to appear all over the city. These plastic totems are part of the city’s multimillion-dollar campaign to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and …

Why Fossil Fuel Companies Won’t Defend the Government in Court on Climate

Read the full story in Pacific Standard. Last week, the three major trade groups representing the fossil fuel industry dodged, just in time, being forced to defend their position on climate change in court. The Trump administration, despite its withdrawalfrom the Paris climate accord, will not be so lucky. Last Thursday the American Petroleum Institute and …

A Climate Change Refresher, in Four Charts

Read the full story at Pacific Standard. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the United States will leave the Paris Agreement, making the U.S. now one of just three countries in the world not participating in the climate deal. Scientists have long warned of the negative effects of climate change, including more droughts, stronger hurricanes, and an ice-free Arctic. As evidenced by Trump's announcement, though, the …

‘Saving the Earth Since 1969’ — The Story of Illinois’ Oldest Environmental Student Group

Read the full story from the University of Illinois Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. In summer 1969, Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River caught on fire. Sparks from a passing train had ignited the water’s greasy, polluted surface, and a subsequent Time magazine photo spread brought the apocalyptic scene into households across America. A few months earlier it …