Category Archives: Earth & Environment

Climate change link to war remains tenuous

Special Issue: Climate change and conflict From Journal of Peace Research       Does climate change sow the seeds of war? Until recently, most answers to this political question have been based on speculation. This landmark issue investigates a host … Continue reading

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Health and environmental consequences of illegal residential marijuana grow operations

Consequences of large- scale production of marijuana in residential buildings From Indoor and Built Environment North America is one of the largest industrialized nations involved in marijuana production, although it is illegal to produce and sell this plant in that nation. This … Continue reading

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Is exportation of hazardous waste the future solution, in the face of unsustainable methods?

Review article: Persistent organic pollutants and landfills – a review of past experiences and future challenges From Waste Management & Research The landfilling and dumping of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other persistent hazardous compounds can have significant adverse environmental … Continue reading

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Is the BP Oil Spill a ‘cultural anomaly’ pushing for alternative solutions to an environmental problem, shaping policy and legalistic approaches?

The BP Oil Spill as a cultural anomaly? institutional context, conflict, and change From Journal of Management Inquiry The BP Oil Spill off the Gulf of Mexico that started in April 2010 and lasted 88 days was, in terms of … Continue reading

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Better alternatives to tackle the road dangers of winter snow and ice?

Plexiglas-roofed city highways/roadways can eliminate snow/ice/ rain-associated deaths, deicing salt-induced environmental damage, and hypertension-promoting salinization of water From Public Works Management & Policy Since the severe winter of 2009-2010, which brought snow and ice to 49 states of the US … Continue reading

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Do the benefits of nuclear power outweigh the risks?: A time for Japan to review its policies?

The Challenge of Climate Change and Energy Policies for Building a Sustainable Society in Japan From Organization & Environment  In response to last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the role and safety risks of nuclear power are being reassessed … Continue reading

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100 cities ranked according to greenhouse gas emissions

Cities and greenhouse gas emissions: moving forward From Environment and Urbanization This study examines greenhouse gas emissions for over 100 cities in 33 countries and suggests 28 policy tools that city governments can use to take action on climate change. It … Continue reading

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Branding in a new light: conveying identities through altered lighting

Light and corporate identity: Using lighting for corporate communication From Lighting Research and Technology This study explores how lighting design can alter the perceived brand identity of a room. Today’s shop lighting doesn’t just need to show off the goods … Continue reading

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The Obama administration sparks a renewed interest in climate change policy

The Western Climate Initiative From State and Local Government Review Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the greatest challenges the world will face in the coming decades. Renewed interest from the Obama administration along with continuing regional and local … Continue reading

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Science’s policy clout diminished, but oil risk looms large

The public’s trust in scientific claims regarding offshore oil drilling From Public Understanding of Science The findings of this research indicate that scientists’ efforts to influence public opinion have a limited effect.  The investigators behind this paper believe it is … Continue reading

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Mounting evidence links global warming to the spread of disease

Climate change and communicable disease: what are the risks? From Journal of Infection Prevention There is an increasing amount of evidence acknowledging that infectious diseases are associated with heatwaves, storms, floods, fires, and droughts. While we are often made aware of … Continue reading

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Cleaning up the mess: redevelopment of urban brownfields

From Economic Development Quarterly The state of Michigan has had an aggressive program of environmental cleanup efforts targeted at contaminated properties since the early 1970s. Following  legislative changes brownfield redevelopment was made a top economic and environmental priority. This article examines … Continue reading

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Can Michigan achieve a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by embracing new climate change policies?

Climate change policy formation in Michigan – The case for integrated regional policies From International Regional Science Review Following 30 other US states Michigan recently launched The Michigan climate initiative to begin addressing the problem of climate change. This article … Continue reading

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Rethinking flood protection options and opportunities for New Orleans

From: Public Works Management & Policy Over the past 15 years, the cost of natural disasters, not only in the United States but around the world, has noticeably escalated. This decade has already seen $420.6 billion in losses in the US … Continue reading

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Transport policies, automobile use, and sustainable transport: a comparison of Germany and the United States

From Journal of Planning Education and Research Germany leads the way with effective transport policies. This report indicates that the US should look to Germany for successful strategies to achieve more sustainable transport. Policies play a role in shaping differences … Continue reading

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