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6/23/2020
COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs
Brian J. Love, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of MichiganJulie Rieland, PhD Candidate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the U.S. recycling industry. Waste sources, quantities and destinations are all in flux, and shutdowns have devastated an industry that was already struggling. Read More.

4/29/2020
Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom
Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan

Tigers are one of the world’s most iconic wild species, but today they are endangered throughout Asia. They once roamed across much of this region, but widespread habitat loss, prey depletion and poaching have reduced their numbers to only about 4,000 individuals. They live in small pockets of habitat across South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Russian Far East – an area spanning 13 countries and 450,000 square miles (1,160,000 square kilometers). Read More.

4/23/2020
BP paid a steep price for the Gulf oil spill but for the US a decade later, it's business as usual
David M. Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan

The largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history began ten years ago, on April 20, 2010. A massive explosion killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, and a blowout spewed more than 3 million barrels of oil from the Macondo well, located 70 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Read More.

3/18/2020
Balloon releases have deadly consequences – we're helping citizen scientists map them
Lara O'Brien, Master's Degree Candidate in Conservation Ecology and Environmental Informatics, University of MichiganShannon Brines, Applied Geographer, Lecturer and Manager, Environmental Spatial Analysis Laboratory, University of Michigan

Balloons are often seen as fun, harmless decorations. But they become deadly litter as soon as they are released into the air and forgotten. Read More.

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