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FDR’s forest army: How the New Deal helped seed the modern environmental movement 85 years ago

Benjamin Alexander, City University of New York Eighty-five years ago, on April 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order allocating US$10 million for “Emergency Conservation Work.” This step launched one of the New Deal’s signature relief programs: the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC. Its mission was to put unemployed Americans to work Read more about FDR’s forest army: How the New Deal helped seed the modern environmental movement 85 years ago[…]

Why EPA’s U-turn on auto efficiency rules gives China the upper hand

Greg Dotson, University of Oregon The Trump administration is poised to ease pollution and efficiency rules for new passenger cars and trucks, giving automakers a reprieve from more stringent Obama-era standards. But in the process, it could yield global leadership in the auto sector to the Chinese. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected Read more about Why EPA’s U-turn on auto efficiency rules gives China the upper hand[…]

How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry

Eric Hittinger, Rochester Institute of Technology and Eric Williams, Rochester Institute of Technology The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies. Based on our research on the operation and costs of electricity grids, especially the benefits of new technologies, we Read more about How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry[…]

Does cloud seeding work?

Jeffrey French, University of Wyoming and Sarah Tessendorf,  University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Water is a valuable resource that affects nearly all aspects of life on earth. It also is limited, so people use a variety of methods to ensure that supply meets demand. One such technique is cloud seeding – adding particles to the atmosphere Read more about Does cloud seeding work?[…]

U.S. Mayors Move Forward on Climate

Katherine Levine Einstein, Boston University; David Glick, Boston University, and Maxwell Palmer, Boston University Despite almost universal scientific consensus that climate change poses a growing threat, President Donald Trump’s recent infrastructure plan makes no mention of the need to build resilience to rising global temperatures. Instead, it actually seeks to weaken environmental reviews as a Read more about U.S. Mayors Move Forward on Climate[…]

Will China’s crackdown on ‘foreign garbage’ force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?

Kate O’Neill, University of California, Berkeley China, the world’s largest importer of scrap, is looking to clean up its act. In July 2017 China, which is by far the world’s largest importer and recycler of scrap metals, plastic and paper, notified the World Trade Organization that it planned to effectively ban imports of 24 types of Read more about Will China’s crackdown on ‘foreign garbage’ force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?[…]