Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

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.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy environment conservation politics funding donald-trump economy jobs parks trump-administration research clean-energy forestry job-creation environmental-protections

Cuba's clean rivers show the benefits of reducing nutrient pollution

Cuba's sustainable approach to farming has protected its rivers from the kind of nutrient pollution that impairs many US waterways.

Amanda H. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Geology, Oberlin College and Conservatory • conversation
June 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: agriculture united-states rivers trump-administration cuba nutrient-pollution science-diplomacy agroecology obama-administration

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard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.

H. Christopher Frey, Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: asthma air-pollution regulation particulates us-environmental-protection-agency air-pollution-and-health trump-administration andrew-wheeler pm-25

How the Trump administration accidentally insured over 200,000 through Obamacare

The idea, says our experts, was to shut down Obamacare. But it didn't work out that way. This could take on more importance as the number of uninsured swells due to coronavirus.

David Anderson, Health policy research scientist, Duke University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  affordable-care-act  healthcare  obamacare  trump-administration  subsidies  aca

Lethargic global response to COVID-19: How the human brain's failure to assess abstract threats cost us dearly

Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.

Cristian Capotescu, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  donald-trump  spanish-flu  trump-administration  risk-assessment  catastrophe

BP paid a steep price for the Gulf oil spill but for the US a decade later, it's business as usual

The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.

David M. Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: regulation trump-administration deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill us-energy-policy gulf-of-mexico offshore-drilling bp-oil-spill oil-spills environmental-law liability

A decade after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, offshore drilling is still unsafe

The BP Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010 triggered the largest offshore oil spill in history. Ten years later, post-spill reforms are being undone and the Gulf of Mexico remains vulnerable.

Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: oil-industry oil trump-administration oil-prices deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill us-energy-policy energy-dominance gulf-of-mexico offshore-drilling

How to maintain physical and mental health during coronavirus

There are plenty of ways to keep your mind and body active and healthy during the outbreak.

Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor of Biology, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  social-media  mental-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pharmaceuticals  social-distancing  social-isolation  trump-administration  physical-health

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