Environment & Energy

Is There Something ‘Fishy’ with 30×30?

By Julia Singer — The world urgently needs environmental policy reform. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, federal law protects 23% of U.S. oceans, but critics of current protections note that 99% of these protected areas are in the remote Pacific and do not effectively preserve biodiversity across the country.

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Economics, Environment & Energy

Biden’s Climate Plan and the Need to Fix Federal Job Training Programs

by Amanda Hermans, managing online editor Federal job training and worker assistance programs have been around in the U.S. since the New Deal-era programs implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. The goal seems obvious: to provide opportunities and resources for training and education that will keep Americans employed through recessions, shifting industries […]

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Environment & Energy

Comparing Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s Climate Plans

by Samuel Murray, columnist In such a crucial election, it can be difficult to focus directly on the issues, rather than simply voting in opposition to the other major party candidate. But issues are important and can be defining features of a campaign or presidential legacy. Focusing on key issues could in theory detract from […]

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Environment & Energy, Health

Can Eating a Plant-Based Diet Really Help Save the Planet?

by Erin Williams, managing print editor The current climate crisis is evidenced by rising global temperatures, warming ocean temperatures, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreats, decreased snow cover, rising sea levels, declining arctic sea ice, extreme weather events, and ocean acidification. Additionally, a UN scientist has warned that we have just 10 years to get climate […]

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Environment & Energy, Science & Technology

Advanced Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: A Decarbonization Tool to Combat Climate Change

by Calum Weeks As our world continues to face unprecedented natural disasters and global temperature rise, it’s apparent that all options must be considered in the endeavor to eliminate fossil fuels—and their damaging emission levels—in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. This target, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, […]

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Environment & Energy

Running on Empty? The Colorado River in Crisis

A combination of environmental issues, states’ authority, and individual water rights linger over the future of the Colorado River. Recently, The Denver Post published an article that called on the incoming Trump administration to protect the Colorado River basin, which said that the country is extremely close to experiencing its first water shortage declaration. To […]

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Environment & Energy

Are Wildfires Spreading the U.S. Forest Service Too Thin?

Budgetary and resource concerns rise amid record-breaking wildfire season Wildfire occurrences and vastness in the United States are on the rise, and with these trends, there are mounting concerns that the U.S. Forest (USFS) and National Park Services (NPS) are being pushed to their limits. Several policy solutions have been proposed to accommodate the growing financial […]

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