Farmers are relearning the lesson of every drought; potable water is not a renewable resource. Currently, rivers and aquifers are being depleted due to overuse
Dr. Emmanouil Anagnostou, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Eversource Energy Center at UConn, warned the audience of the dramatic effects that climate change and extreme storms could have on Connecticut in the future during a lecture at Konover Auditorium Wednesday evening, as part of the Provost's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Fast fashion is just one aspect of a suffocating amount of factors that can often make it feel like we have no influence as individuals to better the planet. We try to mitigate our carbon footprint with a series of small changes, but what could we be doing when governments and billion-dollar corporations still aren’t on board?
It is inarguable that humans are having an impact on the climate, and even the various departments within the administration of our climate-change-denying president back the rest of the science community. Increasing global temperatures, more frequent drought conditions and increasing mosquito populations will all impact our most vulnerable communities.
This Friday, people across the globe will be stepping out of their commitments to protest the lack of action by their governments to combat climate change in a movement aptly titled Fridays for Future. As the event was started by 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, it seems only fitting that a group of University of Connecticut students would kick start their own chapter of the movement.
Our actions have consequences, not just for us, but for the rest of the world. This is evident in the destruction caused by climate change. If this summer’s heat waves left you sweating and longing for a beach day, maybe it is time to think about the effect our habits are having on the ocean’s creatures, not to mention the rest of the planet.
Governments’ respective inabilities to protect the environment, their natural resources and the lives of their citizens from harm. Because these and countless other events have proven that governments are unable to protect their rich ecological resources, the government should not be charged with such an important responsibility.
The University of Connecticut has received a $2.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support a new program called Environment Corps. The program, also known as E-Corps, aims to use STEM skills to address environmental issues like climate adaptation, brownfield remediation and municipal level stormwater management.
Cities are one of the most basic units of governance. Because of this, their democratic institutions are flexible and responsive to their residents’ specific needs. Their city planners can paint with a small brush, designing policies that cater to specific problems endemic to certain communities. Obtaining community consent for projects is a real, achievable goal.