Energy & Environment

Rasheed Shabazz Detroit’s water crisis: The flood of inequity

Declaring “Water is a Human Right,” hundreds marched in the streets of Detroit on July 18 to protest the city shutting off water services for thousands of residents too poor to pay their utility bills.

Since March of this year, the Detroit Sewage and Water Department (DSWD) has cut off running … More >

David Zilberman God helps those who help themselves

I grew up in a religious family but I am not particularly religious. I believe that there is (are) some Supreme Being(s) above us, but I consider the religious narrative and beliefs of organized religion to be fiction; albeit fiction with many useful lessons, but nevertheless, fiction.

One of my favorite … More >

Eric Biber Bad idea: change the Wilderness Act to respond to climate change

The Wilderness Act is one of the iconic pieces of environmental legislation, and it is 50 years old this year. It created a process and management standard by which millions of acres of relatively undeveloped federal land were protected from development and most forms of active human management. These lands … More >

Dan Farber The grassy quad: Does this campus-life emblem need to go?

When I picture a university, I immediately envision the quad: an area of grass and trees surrounded by campus buildings.

But those beautiful lawns may need to go. That would be a bit sad, and not just because the students could lose a place to sunbathe and play frisbee. The quad … More >

Santiago Miret 4 Ways to do Solar Energy

The sun is a virtually infinite reservoir of renewable energy. As seen from the graph below, solar energy is by far the largest energy source available. The size of the solar energy reservoir is considerably  larger than all other energy sources combined, including both renewable and non-renewable sources. It has … More >

Maximillian Auffhammer The ‘Yoga Theorem’ and the EPA’s new carbon-emissions policy

With the historical release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emissions policy, I took an extra day to comb through and digest the news. I have organized my intermediate microeconomics class around something called the “Yoga Theorem.” This almost universal truth states that the less flexible you are, the more … More >

Dan Farber The Pentagon sees climate change as a national-security threat; House Republicans seek to thwart it

The military considers climate change to be a threat to national security.  Naturally, that’s news that the House Republicans would like to suppress.  Last week, they tried to do something about it with an appropriations rider. Luckily, the amendment is so poorly drafted that it would accomplish almost nothing.

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Jayni Foley Hein Feds downgrade Monterey Shale oil reserves by 95.6 percent

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reducing its previous estimate for technically recoverable oil in California’s Monterey Shale from 13.7 billion barrels of oil to just 600 million barrels of oi l— a dramatic 95.6 percent reduction. Has the oil industry been chasing rainbows in search of illusive “black … More >

Claude Fischer Eco-Puritanism

For years, political divisions over the environment have had the seemingly odd feature that Americans farthest from the open country have tended to be most supportive of protecting the environment, while those nearest to it — farmers and other rural residents — have been most resistant. This split has been … More >

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