Environmental regulations likely to be first casualties in post-pandemic recovery

As governments race to revive economic growth, expect a bonfire of green tape.

Meinhard Doelle, Professor of Law, Dalhousie University • conversation
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife coronavirus environmental-regulation green-tape covid-19

Rewilding: lessons from the medieval Baltic crusades

The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear.

Rowena Banerjea, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history biodiversity archaeology environment rewilding medieval-history interdisciplinarity deep-time

Environmental activism goes digital in lockdown – but could it change the movement for good?

During the pandemic, climate activists are thinking globally and acting digitally.

William Finnegan, PhD Candidate in Climate Education and Activism, University of Oxford • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change protest activism environmentalism earth-day digital-natives greta-thunberg climate-strikes school-climate-strikes fridaysforfuture earth-day-2020

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, and communities aren't ready for both coronavirus and a disaster

The US faces a high risk of hurricanes and other disasters this year that could leave thousands of people in need of shelter. COVID-19 will make those disasters more dangerous to manage.

Mark Abkowitz, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies, Vanderbilt University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: natural-disasters environment hurricane wildfire health coronavirus public-safety emergency-management fema covid-19

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard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: regulation asthma air-pollution particulates us-environmental-protection-agency trump-administration andrew-wheeler air-pollution-and-health pm-25

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: wildlife birds goats nature animals environment covid-19

Scientist at work: Trapping urban coyotes to see if they can be 'hazed' away from human neighborhoods

Biologists capture and collar coyotes in urban Los Angeles in order to study the effectiveness of 'hazing' as a wildlife management tool.

Niamh M. Quinn, Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: california cats university-of-california scientists-at-work coyotes los-angeles hazing southern-california veterinarians urban-environment

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

AI can tackle the climate emergency – if developed responsibly

We need to challenge the simplistic assumptions that AI will automatically improve the world.

Victor Galaz, Deputy Director and Associate Professor, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: agriculture artificial-intelligence farming environment automation

Earth Day at 50 – what the environmental holiday means today

Thousands of Americans took part in the first Earth Day 50 years ago. What has changed since then?

Marc Hudson, Research Associate in Social Movements, Keele University • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: environmentalism environmental-activism earth-day us-environmental-protection-agency extinction-rebellion

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