U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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5 charts show how your household drives up global greenhouse gas emissions
Morteza Taiebat, Ph.D. Candidate in Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Ming Xu, Associate Professor at School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

As the public conversation about climate change gets increasingly serious, many Americans may be wondering: How do my individual choices affect climate change? Read More.

How your diet contributes to nutrient pollution and dead zones in lakes and bays
Donald Scavia, Professor Emeritus, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Every year in early summer, scientists at universities, research institutions and federal agencies release forecasts for the formation of “dead zones” and harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay and Lake Erie. This year the outlook is not good. Read More.

Climate change is driving rapid shifts between high and low water levels on the Great Lakes
Drew Gronewold, Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan
Richard B. (Ricky) Rood, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan

The North American Great Lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s surface fresh water. In May, new high water level records were set on Lakes Erie and Superior, and there has been widespread flooding across Lake Ontario for the second time in three years. These events coincide with persistent precipitation and severe flooding across much of central North America. Read More.

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