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 crimesinequitably fall on these islands and the vulnerable people that live there.
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.
Solar geoengineering– a technology that reflects incoming sunlight back into space –has gainedattention as a potentialsolution for preventingglobal temperature rise and reducingthe risk of the worst global warming impacts. Recent research shows thatsolar geoengineering has the capacity to immediately cool the atmosphere, but also calls attention to the fact that it can beextremely controversial and excessively risky.
The safer people feel, the less careful they tend to be. Some policymakers worry that this relationship also holds true in the realm of global warming, and that preparing for the damages caused by climate change could undermine efforts to reducegreenhouse gas emissions. Recent research provides evidence that this is not the case–rather, combining theseadaptation and mitigation strategies canhelp minimize the negative impact of climate change on environment, health, and economy.
The United Nations enacted the Paris Agreement in 2015 to ensure a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One way countries can support the Paris Agreement is to protect our coastlines, which have the ability to absorb and store carbon within the Earth’s ecosystem.
Plastic pollution is one of the most visible environmental stressors of our generation. However, its most damaging impact is invisible to the human eye. Oceanographer Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer explains how plastic pollution contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
Conserving tidal wetlands, such as mangroves and saltmarsh ecosystems, can mitigate the risks of coastal flooding and sea level rise associated with climate change. Nature- based solutions can benefit 40% of the world’s population that are exposed to sea level rise by mitigating storm surges and reducing the impact of waves and shoreline erosion.
From a distance, it sounds like thunder. Explosive charges blast five hundred feet or more of bedrock from mountain peaks across Appalachia. New research highlights how mountaintop removal can harm Appalachia’s children, not just its landscape.
Indigenous families in Canada disproportionately lack access to affordable and nutritious food. An eight-year study interviews First Nation mothers in and around London, Ontario to highlight the unique social, cultural, and historical challengesthat Indigenous families face.