Category Archives: Environment

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Study estimates that Volkswagen’s ‘defeat devices’ caused 59 premature deaths in US

Since the EPA announced on September 18 that Volkswagen had installed “defeat devices” in its so-called clean diesel vehicles for model years 2008-2015, analysts have been attempting to quantify the public… Read more »

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How VW forced drivers to ‘roll coal’ & what it tells us about the flaws in our emissions testing systems

Last summer, a few media outlets reported on a strange phenomenon that was on the rise in certain corners of the country. For whatever reason, a group of Good Ole’… Read more »

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Why developed countries should back loss and damage in Paris

A number of critical issues remain unresolved, including whether countries should set a maximum safe threshold for carbon emissions and what protocols will be put in place to ensure that… Read more »

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Geoengineering makes climate change less polarizing! It’s still a bad idea.

About 20 minutes after I posted my piece yesterday arguing that we are nowhere near ready to begin researching geoengineering, the Washington Post‘s new Energy and Environment section ran its own… Read more »

Road salt is costly & harms our environment. Here’s what can you do about it.

Originally posted on Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc.’s  blog. It’s been another wicked winter here in Cleveland. January’s average temperature was just 23°F, according to the National Weather Service, making… Read more »

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The NRC is wrong – we’re nowhere near ready to research geoengineering

Last week, the National Research Council released a lengthy, two-volume report on geoengineering. The central crux of the report and the surrounding debate seems to be that, sure, geoengineering is… Read more »

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In the wake of the Detroit shutoffs, do Americans have a right to water?

Originally posted on Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc’s blog. In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognized there exists a human right to water and sanitation. The body called… Read more »