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Windmills spin over rural Iowan farmland as cattle graze a field below.

The Power of the People: Resisting Big Wind in Rural Iowa

January 24, 2023 by Taylor Fisher Renewable Energy State and Local

Iowa is often seen as a drive-through state, known for its flat interstates, tall cornfields in the summer, and more recently, the seemingly never-ending array of windmills seen through car windows. At first glance, wind energy seems the perfect renewable…

A panel of people at a long table clap while standing in front of the COP15 Logo. Source: https://www.cbd.int/article/cop15-cbd-press-release-final-19dec2022

A Win for Wildlife: The COP-15 Global Biodiversity Framework

January 23, 2023 by Amandine Fromont Endangered Species International Oceans Sustainability Wildlife

From December 7 to 19, 2022, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held its fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15), culminating in the Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework.[1] The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international…

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Can the Farm Bill Address Climate Change?

December 22, 2022 by Damon Hays Agriculture Sustainability

The industrial style of agricultural production practiced in the United States perfectly illustrates the nation’s relationship with the changing climate. Agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions while also facing the rapid rise…

A bird’s eye view of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant with the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean seen crashing on rocks in the foreground, brown rolling hills and a blue sky are seen in the background.

The Future of Nuclear Power

November 15, 2022 by Alex Sugg Energy

Congress just passed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS).[1] These bills provide for forward looking investments in nuclear energy. The IRA lists nuclear energy as a possible recipient of the $369 billion that it sets…

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Are We Out of the Woods? What Brazil’s Elections Could Mean for Climate Change

November 9, 2022 by Katya Simon Forests International Natural Resources Sustainability

For decades, the Amazon rainforest has been an important natural resource in the fight against climate change due to its ability to absorb high levels of carbon dioxide from the air and act as a “carbon sink” for emissions from human activities.[1]…

Crabs, the Climate, Congress, and the Court

November 2, 2022 by Danny Shokry Climate change Oceans Wildlife

Background Seafood lovers are familiar with the coveted Alaskan snow crabs. This culinary delicacy made headlines in October 2022, when experts reported that an estimated one billion snow crabs in the Bering Sea had disappeared over the prior two years…