Rekindling connections: the long history of humans in the wilderness

    Public land management often neglects to consider intertwined ecological and human histories. Assessing both ecological data and Indigenous history, new research suggests that co-management offers a pathway towards better honoring traditional practices and increasing forest resiliency.  

    Mara MacDonell

    November 18, 2022
    Future electric vehicle batteries can reduce waste and increase business in Norway

    Storage capacity is a major obstacle in the world’s shift to low-carbon energy. Norway’s reuse of car batteries may help us understand how to make this switch, both reducing environmental impacts and creating business opportunities.  

    Tara Litjens

    November 15, 2022
    The colonial legacy of environmental injustice in U.S. territories

    U.S. territories face many environmental challenges, but research on environmental injustice often neglects these locations. A new study shows that the burdens of environmental crimes inequitably fall on these islands and the vulnerable people that live there. 

    Kieren Rudge

    November 10, 2022
    Saving the ‘panda of the sea’: Aligning economic incentives with regulations to save the critically endangered vaquita

    Affectionately dubbed the “panda of the sea” for its distinctive eye markings, the vaquita is the world’s most critically endangered marine mammal. Saving the vaquita requires an integrated approach that looks beyond the immediate cause of the species’ near extinction — fishing net entanglement — to address the social, political, and economic challenges faced by coastal communities of the Upper Gulf of California. 

    Marissa Grenon

    November 7, 2022
Rivers running orange: Quantifying the sacred after manmade environmental disaster

The socio-cultural harm of manmade environmental disasters on Native American communities is difficult to quantify. However, recent Native-led research demonstrates that quantifying this harm is crucial. 

Mara MacDonell
November 4, 2022
Solar geoengineering: Spectacle, tragedy, or solution?

Solar geoengineering – a technology that reflects incoming sunlight back into space – has gained attention as a potential solution for preventing global temperature rise and reducing the risk of the worst global warming impacts. Recent research shows that solar geoengineering has the capacity to immediately cool the atmosphere, but also calls attention to the fact that it can be extremely controversial and excessively risky.   

Golden Bells Tayebwa
October 24, 2022
The environmental field must value students of color: A new model to attain educational equity

Following the success of a program in New Mexico, researchers have developed an adaptable educational model that can significantly enhance academic and career outcomes for students of color in the environmental field. This novel research provides hope that community colleges and universities can improve educational equity by supporting marginalized students. 

Kieren Rudge
October 18, 2022
Has climate change already impacted global agriculture? 

Climate change is one of the gravest threats to global agriculture. New research reveals that historical climate change has already made its mark on the productivity of our food system, eliminating 20 percent of potential productivity growth. 

Seung Min Kim
October 15, 2022