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As nuclear power plants close, states need to bet big on energy storage

By Eric Daniel Fournier, University of California, Los Angeles and Alex Ricklefs, University of California, Los Angeles Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) recently started the process of shutting down the Diablo Canyon generation facility, the last active nuclear power plant in California. The power plant, located near Avila Beach on the central Californian coast, consists of Read more about As nuclear power plants close, states need to bet big on energy storage[…]

One way to promote green infrastructure in your city

By Thomas Fisher, University of Minnesota and Madeline Goldkamp, University of Minnesota Natural assets – “green infrastructure” – can provide communities with invaluable ecosystem services that clean our air, filter our water, mitigate natural disasters and improve our quality of life. The Trump administration has called for a major investment in infrastructure. That includes systems that Read more about One way to promote green infrastructure in your city[…]

Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves

By Nicholas Rajkovich, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York In May of this year, a hot spell broiled Boston. In June, extreme temperatures grounded Phoenix’s planes. Last week, Seattle suffered under record temperatures. When a heat wave is forecast, the standard advice is to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear Read more about Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves[…]

Why power companies should be investing now in carbon-free electricity

By Jennifer Morris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years – 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much Read more about Why power companies should be investing now in carbon-free electricity[…]

Red team-blue team? Debating climate science should not be a cage match

Richard B. Rood, University of Michigan Scott Pruitt, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has called for a “red team-blue team” review to challenge the science behind climate change. “The American people deserve an honest, open, transparent discussion about this supposed threat to this country,” he said on a radio show, adding he hoped Read more about Red team-blue team? Debating climate science should not be a cage match[…]

Rejection of national climate report would do more damage than exiting the Paris Agreement

By Gary W. Yohe, Wesleyan University A scientific report done every four years has been thrust into the spotlight because its findings directly contradict statements from the president and various Cabinet officials. If the Trump administration chooses to reject the pending national Climate Science Special Report, it would be more damaging than pulling the United States Read more about Rejection of national climate report would do more damage than exiting the Paris Agreement[…]

Climate gloom and doom? Bring it on. But we need stories about taking action, too

By Jon Christensen, University of California, Los Angeles There’s been no shortage of pessimistic news on climate change lately. A group of climate scientists and policy experts recently declared that we have just three years left to dramatically turn around carbon emissions, or else. Meanwhile a widely circulated New York magazine article detailed some of the Read more about Climate gloom and doom? Bring it on. But we need stories about taking action, too[…]

Is a healthy environment a human right? Testing the idea in Appalachia

Nicholas F. Stump, West Virginia University Do we have a fundamental right to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe food? The idea of environmental human rights is receiving growing attention worldwide, driven by our global ecological crisis. But the United States has lagged behind in codifying these rights into laws and in Read more about Is a healthy environment a human right? Testing the idea in Appalachia[…]