U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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12/11/2017
How Bill McKibben's radical idea of fossil-fuel divestment transformed the climate debate
Todd Schifeling, Assistant Professor at the Fox School of Business, Temple University
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

“We need to view the fossil-fuel industry in a new light. It has become a rogue industry, reckless like no other force on Earth. It is Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.” Read More.

11/15/2017
Why meeting the Paris climate goals is an existential threat to fossil fuel industries
Henry Kelly, Senior Scientist, Michigan Institute for Data Science, University of Michigan

Attacks on climate policies are not really about the science. They’re about the future of fossil fuels. Read More.

10/3/2017
Scientists join forces to save Puerto Rico's 'Monkey Island'
Alexandra Rosati, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

“00O made it!” There was some news to celebrate on Sept. 28 in the email chain of scientists who work at the Cayo Santiago Field Station. Cayo Santiago is a 38-acre tropical island off the coast of Puerto Rico and home to approximately 1,500 rhesus monkeys, earning it the local nickname “Monkey Island.” Read More.

8/29/2017
Older victims of Hurricane Harvey may need special attention as Texas recovers
Sue Anne Bell, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Michigan

News and social media reports from coastal Texas have shown many striking images of Hurricane Harvey flood victims, but few were as arresting as a photo of older women in a Dickinson nursing home, sitting in waist-high water in their wheelchairs. Although the women were moved to safety, the picture highlighted how vulnerable older adults can be during and after major disasters. Read More.

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