Weekly Environmental News: May 19-25, 2013

“The Dirtiest Residue from the Dirtiest Oil on Earth” Petroleum coke, a by-product of the oil sand refining process, is piling up in Detroit to the dismay of residents and Michigan’s environmental regulatory body. The small granules and high sulfur and carbon content of petcoke make it an undesirable waste that produces even more greenhouse […]

A Day in the Life of a Research Technician

by Michelle Reilly JHU alumni, MS Environmental Sciences & Policy, 2011 “One of the most enjoyable jobs you’ll ever have….” A lot could be argued about that statement. I often find myself on the fence about the answer. Is it the job of one of my field technicians or the job I have as a […]

Q&A With Antoinette WinklerPrins, Incoming Director of the Environmental Studies Programs

Antoinette WinklerPrins

Antoinette WinklerPrins will be the new director of the Environmental Studies Programs in the Advanced Academic Programs at JHU, starting July 1, 2013. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and taught geography and environmental sciences as an associate professor at Michigan State University from 2000-2013. Sinead Goldman and Dan Kulpinski […]

How Green Is Recycling?

Treehugger recently called out Terracycling and Issy for greenwashing, and it got me to thinking. Recycling programs are borderline greenwashing. We have been lulled into thinking it’s perfectly acceptable to buy plastics because we can always recycle them later. I personally feel great about my county taking 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 plastics […]

Weekly Environmental News: May 12 – May 18, Environmental Protests in China, Fracking, Environmental Awards

In the news this week: protests in China, new fracking rules, Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Citizens in China take to the streets to protest installment of a new petrochemical plant. The Guardian reports that this is the second time people have used civil disobedience to protect the environment. On the table: new rules […]

How to Achieve a Truly Sustainable Renewable Energy Transition

(This is a guest post by Shakuntala Makhijani, a research associate in the Climate & Energy Program at Worldwatch Institute. She discusses how to address the natural resource demands and environmental impacts of various renewable energy technologies.) Last month, the Worldwatch Institute launched the 2013 edition of our annual flagship publication, State of the World. […]

Weekly Environmental News: May 5 – May 11, 2013

This week in environmental news: atmospheric carbon dioxide levels; the impending insect invasion in the Northeastern U.S.; GMOs from Monsanto; and the potential of smart phones. Carbon dioxide levels continue to soar Average daily levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide passed an urgent milestone on Thursday, reaching 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. […]

Conserving Water, Critters, and Livelihoods on Georgia’s Flint River

What do peanuts, farmers, and oval pigtoe mussels have in common? They all need a healthy river and aquifer system in order to thrive in the agricultural areas of southwest Georgia.

What’s New at the National Zoo?

Many JHU students visit The National Zoo in Washington, DC as part of our Principles and Methods of Ecology class, but if you’ve never been or haven’t been in a while there are some exciting things happening!

Weekly Environmental News, April 29-May 5 – Honeybee Protection, Carbon Dioxide Milestone and More


In the news last week, Europe protects honeybees, carbon dioxide soon to pass 400 ppm,  the journal Nature examines the impact of GM crops, and former U.S. officials oppose a road through a wildlife refuge in Alaska. Plus, how fracking could ratchet up water stress out West, and development could actually help boost biodiversity in […]