U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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6/15/2018
How recycling more steel and aluminum could slash imports without a trade war
Daniel Cooper, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Many economists expect President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to increase what American companies and consumers pay for those metals and the goods made from them. Dozens of companies have already said they will have to fire workers or even go out of business. And, as the retaliatory tariffs Canada, Japan, Mexico and other countries have announced underscore, the U.S. is heading for a trade war with the nation’s closest allies. Read More.

5/25/2018
Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable
Victor C. Li, Chair professor, University of Michigan

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. Read More.

5/4/2018
Dead zones are a global water pollution challenge – but with sustained effort they can come back to life
Donald Scavia, Professor Emeritus of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Scientists have identified a dead zone as large as Florida in the Gulf of Oman, which connects the Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf. Around the world there are more than 400 current dead zones in oceans and lakes, where water contains so little oxygen that aquatic life can’t survive. Read More.

4/5/2018
Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas prices are low
John DeCicco, Research Professor, University of Michigan

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Read More.

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