The climate crisis will cause an additional 250 thousand deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. And though wealthier countries like the U.S. emit larger amounts of greenhouse gas per capita, developing nations are already burdened with the worse effects of climate change. Meanwhile, inadequate infrastructure in communities both near and far is making already disadvantaged communities more vulnerable. University of Michigan researchers are analyzing this unjust nexus from both technical and adaptive perspectives — charting new technologies that can help communities adapt and addressing underlying disparities.
Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to help combat impacts of climate change
The School for Environment and Sustainability has launched the SEAS Sustainability Clinic, which aims to help the city of Detroit and nonprofits serving it address the impacts of climate change on the natural and built environment, human health and city finances, while working to enhance sustainability policy and action.
The southwest must fight for its water and its future
Without a sustainable water supply, life in the desert is all but impossible. Flows of the Colorado are steadily shrinking because it’s snowing and raining less in the headwaters. Even bigger reductions in river flow have occurred due to the impact of relentless global warming.
Redlining and environmental racism
Homeownership has been a core value and aspiration for many American households over the last half century. However, beneath this ideal, there is a legacy of racist housing policies that left low-income individuals and people of color disproportionately exposed to the impacts of environmental burdens.
Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit
The recent flooding in the Detroit area has raised many issues for residents. Homes that were already in need of repairs were damaged even further. Detroiters don't want to move, but restricted government funds for home repairs are making that option look better each day.
Crucial Conversations: Understanding and Addressing Climate Change
The impact of our world's ever-growing population and resulting pollution only compounds concerns related to our Earth's rapidly changing climate. In a recent conversation, U-M climate, environment, and sustainability experts discuss climate change and what we can do to address it in our community, across the nation, and around the world.
Professor Kyle Whyte named to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
The White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC) was established by President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad to fulfill his and Vice President Harris's commitment to confronting long standing environmental injustices and to ensuring that historically marginalized and polluted, overburdened communities have greater input on federal policies and decisions.
Larsen: Elevating environmental problems through an interdisciplinary lens
Larissa Larsen, associate professor of urban and regional planning and director of the urban and regional planning doctoral program at Taubman College, faced a skeptical audience when she started sounding the alarm on climate change and particularly the issue of extreme heat in 2000. In 2006, she co-authored an article that was the first to document that lower-income and communities of color were disproportionately impacted by the urban heat island.
U-M carbon neutrality commission submits final recommendations
The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan has submitted its final report, which contains recommendations to help the university achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. The report includes 50 recommendations that U-M could take to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses.
Gala Learning Case: Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network
Co-producing climate information improves Great Lakes cities' adaptation to climate change, but how can these partnerships be sustained long-term? One successful model, according to a Gala learning case, is through the Great Lakes Climate Adaptation Network (GLCAN), which has linked a number of organizations together to provide Great Lakes cities with the information they need to adapt.
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendations
The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, charged with recommending scalable and transferable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, has released its preliminary draft recommendations for public comment. The draft report includes a collection of steps that U-M could take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the Flint, Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses, including Michigan Medicine.
Research teams explore campus culture, external partnerships
When pursuing carbon neutrality, it’s often easy to focus on the technical, whether energy efficiency standards of new buildings, electricity procurement options, or how to power campus vehicles. For two research teams supporting the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, these strategies, though crucial, represent one side of a coin.
EPA needs to keep up with science, do more to protect vulnerable populations
Many hazardous chemicals that cause health issues continue to be used in industrial, commercial and private settings, despite documented harms. As the federal government implements the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, experts say some of the same problems that plagued the earlier Toxic Substances Control Act are hampering progress, despite new legal requirements that promise better protection.