The best economic recovery is a resilient one

    The United States, as with governments around the world, will spend vast amounts of money to recover from COVID-induced economic recessions. Choosing to invest in a green recovery, including financing renewable energy, clean physical infrastructure, and reforestation, would be most advantageous not only for the planet and human health, but also for employment and the economy.  

    Claire Swingle

    May 17, 2021
    Alaskan Salmon are shrinking. Why does this matter?

    Researchers are trying to unravel the mystery behind salmon size declines in Alaska and estimate their implications for humans and ecosystems. Quantifying these declines and understanding their impacts will be critical for future fishery management.

    Anna Raffeld

    May 8, 2021
    New study confirms water markets increase productivity of water during drought

    The increasing incidence of drought in the United States calls for creative ways to distribute limited water resources. Water markets are one response to this challenge, but do they work? A recent study uses data from the Rio Grande Valley to quantify their impact.

    Marisa Bruno

    April 15, 2021
    Emergence and diffusion of green bonds

    IPCC estimates an investment of 2.4 trillion dollars in energy systems for a low-carbon economy. It requires financial innovations and an understanding of its emergence and diffusion. Green bonds, a recent financial innovation, have been gaining attention – the roles of various stakeholders, self-reinforcing processes, and widespread acceptance have been vital factors for its growth and distribution. Assessing these parameters helps to better understand obstacles and factors that influence successful dispersion of other financial innovations.

    Shubhra Verma

    April 7, 2021
The Perils and Promises of Urban Greening

Green spaces are essential features of livable and sustainable cities. In order to ensure that everyone benefits from them, researchers, community leaders and city planners need to understand how and when green spaces may contribute to the displacement of low-income communities. Predicting displacement, however, is only the first step to creating better access to parks. 

Erin Eck
March 30, 2021
Growth of glacial lakes increases hazards for glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs)

New research maps the global extent of glacial lakes and shows that climate change is causing an increase in the size of these lakes across the planet.  As glacial lakes grow, the likelihood of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in high altitude areas is increasing. This study highlights the urgent need for adaptation planning in high risk mountainous communities that may be exposed to GLOFs as the planet warms.    

Humna Sharif
March 22, 2021
Intersectional Ecofeminist Communication: A New Paradigm for Environmental Communication

Engagement at the nexus of environmental and feminist communication studies, until recently, has been cursory. A new field, Intersectional ecofeminist communication studies, aims to address this engagement and offers guiding principles for approaching environmental communication challenges. 

Cam Humphrey
March 9, 2021
Pulling in the public to embrace the adoption of electric vehicles

Policy interventions such as effective incentive and reward-based “pull measures", rather than restrictive penalty-based “push measures”, can be instrumental in shaping the public’s perception of clean transportation adoption. Policy makers can leverage this knowledge to design policies that influence public behavior positively and enable the public to make more environmentally conscious choices.

Niraja Chopade
March 2, 2021