Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal
Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.
Feb. 26, 2021 • ~9 min
To make the US auto fleet greener, increasing fuel efficiency matters more than selling electric vehicles
Electric cars get a lot of hype, but EV sales today are actually increasing transportation's carbon footprint. Here's how federal clean-car standards produce this counterintuitive result.
Jan. 28, 2021 • ~9 min
The US environmental justice movement dates back to the early 1980s, but federal support for it has been weak and inconsistent. Here are four things Biden's EPA can do to improve that record.
Jan. 25, 2021 • ~8 min
Health policy and politics scholars expect political fallout from the federal response to the pandemic will play out for years, with trust in government taking a big hit.
Nov. 3, 2020 • ~8 min
Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?
Sept. 18, 2020 • ~9 min
The Trump administration is trying to roll back a regulation that requires showerheads to conserve water and saves owners an average of $70 and nearly 3,000 gallons of water yearly per showerhead.
Sept. 2, 2020 • ~8 min
The Trump administration is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing – a step that's as much about politics as it is about energy.
Aug. 21, 2020 • ~9 min
The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.
June 18, 2020 • ~6 min
Cuba's sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.
June 10, 2020 • ~9 min
EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard
After a 5-year review, the EPA is leaving US standards for fine particle air pollution unchanged, even though recent studies suggest that tightening them could save thousands of lives yearly.
May 1, 2020 • ~9 min