Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard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

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

Medical supply chains are fragile in the best of times and COVID-19 will test their strength

Drug shortages occur regularly in the US, even in the best of times. The pharmaceutical supply chain embodies 'just in time' shipping and has little built-in redundancy.

Mark Daskin, Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
March 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  drugs  pharmaceuticals  supply-chains  regulation  regulations  medicines  generic-medicines  generic-drugs  pharmaceutical-industry  medical-supply-chains

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don't fail

Dams built to hold enormous quantities of toxic mining waste have a long history of spills. Decisions in the Pacific Northwest threaten three free-flowing rivers there.

Julian D. Olden, Professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  brazil  canada  dams  water-pollution  mining  regulation  rivers  alaska  heavy-metals  mine-tailings

Air pollution kills thousands of Americans every year – here's a low-cost strategy to reduce the toll

A new study takes an innovative approach to reducing fine particle air pollution and spotlights key sources: factories that burn coal and oil, petrochemical plants and burning wood for home heating.

Yang Ou, Postdoctoral Associate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory • conversation
Feb. 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  air-pollution  regulation  oil  coal  wood  particulates  us-environmental-protection-agency  air-pollution-and-health

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