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9/27/2016
Climate change and the presidential race: Lessons from the Reagan years
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Climate change did not come up in the first presidential debate – well, not in any real sense. Hillary Clinton jabbed at Donald Trump for claiming that “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He denied that he said it, but his tweet on November 6, 2012 says otherwise. Later Trump chided Clinton that climate change is not as important “as you think, as your president thinks.” Read More.

9/8/2016
How big data and algorithms are slashing the cost of fixing Flint's water crisis
Jacob Abernethy, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Eric Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights a number of serious problems: a public health outbreak, inadequate urban infrastructure, environmental injustice and political failures. But when it comes to recovery, the central challenge, and one that has received relatively little attention, is our lack of useful information and understanding. Read More.

9/5/2016
Why academics are losing relevance in society – and how to stop it
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

A January 2015 Pew Research Center study found an alarming chasm between the views of scientists and the views of the public. Here is just a sampling: Read More.

8/9/2016
Why utilities have little incentive to plug leaking natural gas
Catherine Hausman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

The Aliso Canyon leak in California earlier this year focused public attention on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Read More.

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