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December 11, 2019 11:00 AM EDT
This month’s Ask a Scientist column takes a look at how the revolution in energy storage technology has the potential to wean the United States off fossil fuel-powered electricity and—if implemented correctly—lower residential electric bills, strengthen resilience to power outages, and clean up the air in communities where dirty power plants are usually located. Read more >
November 12, 2019 10:10 AM EDT
Communities are fighting against longstanding injustices and science is proving to be a powerful tool. For example, scientific research can provide evidence of the threat posed by toxic air and water emissions, corroborating community concerns about the impact of pollution. Communities can then use this evidence to lobby lawmakers to enact policies that protect them from pollution. Scientists also can suggest potential solutions that, in conjunction with community viewpoints and expertise, increase the chance that public officials will enact policies that are equitable and evidence-based. Scientists have an extraordinary opportunity to partner with community groups and apply their work to promoting equity and justice. Read more >
October 23, 2019 8:56 AM EDT
ExxonMobil says it believes “the risk of climate change is real” and it is “committed to being part of the solution.” The largest investor-owned oil company in the world also says it supports a federal carbon tax and the Paris climate agreement.
Then why, after all these years, is the company still financing advocacy groups, think tanks and business associations that reject the reality and seriousness of the climate crisis, as well as members of Congress who deny the science and oppose efforts to rein in carbon emissions?
Ask a Scientist: How Can Cereal Makers Help Save Our Soil, Support Farmers, and Take a Bite out of Climate Change?
October 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT
The grains that make up the primary ingredients of most US cereals all too often are grown in ways that degrade soil, pollute water, and contribute to climate change. Fortunately, major cereal makers are slowly beginning to pay attention to the problems caused by unsustainable farming practices, but the operative word is “slowly.” They have made commitments to promote more environmentally friendly methods for growing grains, but those commitments need to be strengthened and expanded. Read more >