Urban design as a tool for global environmental transformation: A conversation with Professor Richard Plunz

    Richard Plunz, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, delves into the importance of urban design for sustainable infrastructure in a changing climate.

    Lily Fillwalk

    April 6, 2024
    Lessons from Rural Elders: Re-imagining the food system means a return to relationships

    Rural communities are essential to food production in the United States. Despite this, they rarely receive the benefits of this food commensurate with their investments in this system. Elders in rural communities are incredibly overlooked in food access interventions and consistently benefit the least from the food they help grow. This oversight makes rural elders particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. The current food system disconnects elders from the food grown in their communities and, therefore, must be transformed to prioritize care for these vulnerable populations.

    PwintPhyu Nandar

    March 30, 2024
    Sand Resource Extraction Strains the Function of Critical Ecosystems

    An urgent call to action from an opinion paper examines the harmful impacts of sand resource extraction on the ecological health of dunes, beaches, and aquatic ecosystems. This paper illuminates how the concrete industry uses these materials to meet the demands of 8 billion people and foretells the dire environmental ramifications if such a rate of depletion were to progress.  

    Joshua R. Kesling

    March 15, 2024
    Where do the fish go when the wind blows? Impacts of wind Energy on aquatic wildlife and Indigenous Lifeways

    Recent research highlights a dark side of renewable energy: wind energy’s impact on aquatic wildlife and indigenous culture. A decolonial approach to green initiatives can make climate “solutions” sustainable.

    Claire Nichols

    March 8, 2024
Waves of displacement: Sea level rise triggers gentrification of inland communities

A new study projects disparate risks of climate gentrification through secondary displacement in Florida. As coastal communities become displaced by rising sea levels, inland communities with lower socioeconomic status, lower education attainment, and higher rates of non-white renters are among those predisposed to secondary displacement risk.

Jayson Velazquez
February 29, 2024
Underneath food systems: Human reattachment to the soil in an urban sprawl

In a city, when you leave your house in the morning, you probably encounter pavement, high-rise structures, debris, masses of people, and cars—but barely any nature. Residing in urban spaces has imposed distance between humans and soil. However, intentional reconnection with nature can shift values and attitudes toward agriculture.

Lily Fillwalk
February 18, 2024
How many of you drove here?

Imagining a just transition can be difficult as fossil fuel companies curate a culture of dependency. The Line 3 protests contain valuable lessons for rebelling against a fossil fuel dependent future.

Charly Frisk
February 9, 2024
Industry-standard baselines for improved forest management (IFM) may significantly overestimate carbon credits

Existing protocols for improved forest management lack science-based criteria to validate the sequestration of metric tons of CO2. Without sufficient regulation of carbon accounting baselines, misaligned incentives favor financial gains over real climate benefits. Revising carbon project protocols can help solve this problem.

Elisse Roche
January 28, 2024