Environmental Policy

Flint Residents Experienced Decline in Fertility During Lead Water Crisis
September 22, 2017 05:06 PM - Yale Environment 360

In the year after Flint, Michigan changed its water supply to the lead-tainted Flint River, there was decrease in fertility and an increase in fetal deaths among residents, according to an analysis of health statistics by a team of U.S. economists.

USDA-funded study finds no-tillage alone not sufficient to prevent water pollution from nitrate
September 22, 2017 04:50 PM - Indiana University

A new IUPUI study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture answers a long-debated agricultural question: whether no-tillage alone is sufficient to prevent water pollution from nitrate. The answer is no.

Breathing dirty air may harm kidneys
September 22, 2017 09:12 AM - Washington University in St. Louis

Outdoor air pollution has long been linked to major health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A new study now adds kidney disease to the list, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System.

When residents take charge of their rainforests, fewer trees die
September 20, 2017 04:09 PM - Ohio State University

When the government gives citizens a personal stake in forested land, trees don’t disappear as quickly and environmental harm slows down.

Protected Waters Foster Resurgence of West Coast Rockfish
September 20, 2017 03:50 PM - NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

West Coast rockfish species in deep collapse only 20 years ago have multiplied rapidly in large marine protected areas off Southern California, likely seeding surrounding waters with enough offspring to offer promise of renewed fishing, a new study has found.

WSU researchers see popular herbicide affecting health across generations
September 20, 2017 03:01 PM - Washington State University

First, the good news. Washington State University researchers have found that a rat exposed to a popular herbicide while in the womb developed no diseases and showed no apparent health effects aside from lower weight.

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
September 20, 2017 02:44 PM - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident with the widespread extermination of marine species around the world. 

Rebuilding from 2011 Earthquake, Japanese Towns Choose to Go Off the Grid
September 19, 2017 03:12 PM - Yale Environment 360

Many of the cities in northern Japan damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami are building back their electric grids with renewable energy and micro-grids — bucking the nation’s old, centralized utility system by making communities in the region self-sufficient in generating electricity, Reuters reported.

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal
September 18, 2017 09:02 AM - Yale Environment 360

Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant white cooling towers gleaming in the sun, the Drax Power Station dominates the horizon for tens of miles across the flat lands of eastern England. For four decades, it has been one of the world’s largest coal power plants, often generating a tenth of the U.K.’s electricity. It has been the lodestar for the final phase of Britain’s 250-year-long love affair with coal – the fuel that built the country’s empire and industrialized the world.

IU discovery could reduce nuclear waste with improved method to chemically engineer molecules
September 15, 2017 11:39 AM - Indiana University

A discovery by Indiana University researchers could advance the long-term storage of nuclear waste, an increasingly burdensome and costly task for the public and private agencies that protect people from these harmful chemicals.

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