Friday, June 15, 2018

A look inside University of Michigan's off-grid, straw-bale building

MLive, feat. Joe Trumpey

A building constructed out of posts and beams milled from local trees damaged during storms now holds up the University of Michigan's first student-built, off-the-grid building.

Friday, June 08, 2018

A new round of seed funding from the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project (MMPP) will allow exploration of projects aimed at improving radiation detection, laboratory research, and healthcare imaging. 

Friday, June 08, 2018

After years of green promises, automakers renege on emissions standards

Yale Environment 360, by John DeCicco

Friday, June 01, 2018

What is the future of Michigan’s energy infrastructure?

Michigan Radio, feat. Sarah Mills

Utility companies are shutting down some of their older, less efficient coal-burning power plants.

To generate the electricity to replace those old plants, utilities have to decide whether to build more coal-fired plant or go with natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy, or some combination.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

The Conversation, feat. Victor Li

Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.

Friday, May 18, 2018

This could be the biggest advance in aluminum production in 130 years

The Washington Post, feat. Greg Keoleian

Apple, the largest publicly traded company in the world, joined a major collaboration last week that could change how it gets one of the key components that makes its ubiquitous gadgets look so sleek — aluminum.

And it is looking as though, simply by seeking out a greener component for iPhones and Macs, the tech giant just might push an entire industry in a new direction.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Going green is harder for Detroit’s low-income communities

Grist, feat. Tony Reames

Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescents, use 85 percent less energy, and, despite a higher cost upfront, save money in the long run.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Boom in West Texas oil patch lifts wages, prices

Reuters, feat. Lutz Kilian

In West Texas, rising oil prices are fueling a sharp economic upswing, lifting employment and pay to records, driving up spending at hotels, restaurants, and car dealerships, and raising the cost of housing and other essentials.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Concerns over California vehicle waiver issues

Yale Climate Connections, feat. John DeCicco

Few following the climate issue likely were shocked when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he plans to essentially rollback the Obama administration’s more stringent climate-focused standards for motor vehicles.

Less than a month after Pruitt came into office in 2017, he announced he’d be looking at them, and his and President Trump’s dismissiveness of climate change science has been well known.

Friday, April 20, 2018

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How the energy industry’s wish list became the Interior Department’s to-do list

Huffington Post, feat. John DeCicco

Friday, April 13, 2018

In his haste to roll back rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, risks his agenda

The New York Times, feat. John DeCicco

As ethical questions threaten the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, President Trump has defended him with a persuasive conservative argument: Mr. Pruitt is doing a great job at what he was hired to do, roll back regulations.