Preventing hyperbole in climate discussions.

While the rate of occurrence of extreme weather events continue to rise with climate change, not all extreme weather events are attributed to climate change.  Using remote sensing technology, scientists can explain the difference. In 2015, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the then-chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee brought a snowball to the Senate…

Plastics: The Good and the Ban

On December 9, 2019, the Honolulu City Council voted 7-2 to ban plastic straws and polystyrene foam food containers. Is it time to ban single-use plastics for good?  This working paper takes a look at trends in regulations. Plastics are used in a number of products that help generate renewable energy through solar panels and…

Incorporating transportation justice and climate action.

Renewable energy and decreasing vehicle reliance on fossil fuels will play a large part in reducing Colorado‚Äôs greenhouse gas emissions. While the overall reduction in greenhouse gases will benefit all Coloradans, increasing access to public transportation also increases upward social mobility.  Transportation justice and climate action go hand-in-hand.  

Gluten-free sustainable food choices.

Eating habits have an environmental cost associated with crop cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, preparation, and waste.  One eating habit that has changed significantly in the past decade is the growth of gluten-free diets. While Thanksgiving would not be completed without mashed potatoes and gravy, perhaps it is time to add a side of quinoa? 

Should we be eating microplastic?

Microplastics are present in the air, water, and soil, and they infiltrate the food we eat every day.   However, the health impacts of inadvertently consuming plastic are still largely unknown. This paper explores two questions: First, where is microplastic present in food and water supplies.  Second, what studies have linked health concerns and the microplastics…