People following the new trend of drinking untreated, unfiltered water — as a healthier alternative to the tap — could actually be exposing themselves to a number of contaminants. A recent New York Times story […]
Tag: environmental engineering
Q+A: Are We Planning to Fail by Repealing the Clean Power Plan?
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama Administration initiative intended to curtail greenhouse gas emissions so that the nation could reach the emissions benchmarks set forth in […]
Media Watch: Could Design Decisions Plaguing Houston Also Cause Persistent Flooding in Parts of Philly?
Could Philadelphia one day experience catastrophic flooding like Houston’s? Franco Montalto, PhD, a professor in Drexel’s College of EngineeringMed who studies how cities can be better designed to withstand environmental challenges, including those associated with […]
Media Watch: Want to Know What’s in Your Water?
The nonprofit watchdog Environmental Working Group recently released a database that compiled publicly available information from water testing programs at more than 50,000 water utility operators across the country from 2010-2015. Its premise is that […]
We Need A Safe ‘Breathing Water’ Act
By Charles Haas, PhD Forty years ago next month, more than 200 cases of Legionnaires’ disease, resulting in 29 deaths, occurred at hotel hosting an American Legion conference in Philadelphia — giving the disease its […]
Q+A: Post-Paris, America’s First Step To Reduce Greenhouse Gas
Drexel environmental engineering professor Patrick Gurian explains why the United States’ first move after the Paris Climate Conference was to formalize a new energy efficiency standard for air conditioners and furnaces.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: We’re Already Doing It, and It’s Not as Hard as You Think
By Patrick L. Gurian, PhD In the spring of 2014 the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability asked Drexel University’s Institute for Energy and the Environment to consider what it would take for the City of Philadelphia […]
Could Recycling Wastewater Solve California’s Water Problem?
California is currently in the midst of a four-year drought. And after record-low snowfalls over the winter, Gov. Jerry Brown imposed water use restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. His plan to […]
Drexel Snapshot: What Can Venetian ‘High Water’ Teach Us About Climate Resiliency?
Drexel environmental engineering professor Franco Montalto, PhD, is on sabbatical in Venice, where he’s getting a close look at the effects of climate on the urban ecosystem. Montalto, who designs, installs and monitors green infrastructure […]
Q+A: Are We Wasting Our Energy (And Land) on Biofuels?
A recent report by the World Resources Institute suggesting that policy changes are necessary in Western countries to phase out the use of agricultural land for growing crops that will be made into biofuels. In […]