Most Americans have supported the idea of using more renewable energy sources, less fossil fuels and being less wasteful for some time. But a big key to untethering ourselves from current consumption habits – like […]
Q+A: What Is The Pandemic Teaching Us About Confronting Climate Change?
One small bright spot amid the clouds of the COVID-19 pandemic is the worldwide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — the result of stay-at-home orders curtailing car travel. Though many experts expect these gains in […]
Q+A: Are Nanomaterials Ready to Save the World?
A comprehensive analysis of two decades-worth of research on how nanomaterials are being used to improve energy storage technology, published in the latest edition of Science, suggests that they will play an important role in […]
Triple Threat or Single Threat? How Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change Are Related
What do obesity, undernutrition and climate change have in common? They are all linked to one another according to a recent report released by the Lancet Commission. The report calls the connection between the three […]
Thinking of Becoming a Vegetarian? Well, You Can’t.
We all have that one snooty friend who is always talking about the ethical reasons for his vegetarianism. Well, now you can prove him wrong. A new book by Andrew Smith, PhD, an assistant professor […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘Forget the Fireplace’ – Engineers’ Tips For an Energy Efficient, Warm Winter
As you’re bundling up this winter, reaching for the thermostat and waiting anxiously for spring, here are a few tips from a pair of Drexel building engineers on how to stay warm AND energy efficient […]
Your Morning Coffee and Its Effect on The Future of Sustainable Building Design
When your office’s overzealous air conditioner is creating a sub-arctic work environment, what measures will you take to keep warm? Will you go right to the thermostat, or do you put on a sweater, make […]
Staying Upstream of Water Contamination
From November of 2001 to January of 2002 a contaminated cistern that had collected rain water for the village of Santa Isabel do Ivaí Paraná, Brazil infected more than 600 people with a parasitic disease […]