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Environment

  1. University sourcing electricity from new wind parks

    Approximately half of the purchased electricity for U-M’s Ann Arbor campus will soon come from Michigan-sourced renewable resources.

  2. Private sector action may be linchpin to conservative support on climate change

    Study: Conservatives are more supportive of private-sector action than public-sector action, while liberals are more supportive of government regulations than private-sector action or a carbon tax.

  3. Water scarcity footprint reveals impacts of individual dietary choices in US

    Meat consumption is the top contributor to the water scarcity footprint of the average U.S. diet, but other foods grown in U.S. regions where water is scarce also have high water-scarcity footprints, researchers find.

  4. Carbon neutrality commission submits final recommendations

    Focus is on scalable, transferable, and financially responsible strategies for U-M to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses.

  5. Study: Biodiversity protects bee communities from disease

    A new analysis of thousands of native and nonnative Michigan bees across 60 species shows the most diverse bee communities have the lowest levels of three common viral pathogens.

  6. Forecast 2021: Presidential politics

    As a new presidential administration gets to work, U-M experts explore the myriad crises that Joe Biden and his team face, from a lack of trust in government to the relentless COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Hurricanes, hospitals, and health care

    As extreme weather events multiply, U-M researchers have found a troubling lack of primary care doctors, surgeons, and specialists in some of the hardest-hit communities.

  8. More than 1.3M jobs, $82B in wages tied to Great Lakes, study shows

    The coastal counties of the eight Great Lakes states produce 21 percent of the gross domestic product in the region and 5.8 percent of the United States’ GDP.

  9. Destroying PFAS with plasma

    When this chemical contaminant is removed from water, it often is placed in landfills only to re-enter the water supply over time. U-M engineers have a plan: Use cold plasma to destroy PFAS rather than just removing it.