Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Environment

  1. 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.

  2. ‘I feel so safe underwater’

    A battle is blowing on the trade winds as marine biologist Cathy Church, BS ’67, takes on the luxury cruise industry in Grand Cayman.

  3. Asian carp threat intensifies

    The ongoing warming of Lake Michigan increases its susceptibility to these voracious algae-eating carp, in part by reducing the capacity of quagga mussels, which act as an ecological barrier.

  4. Feeling stressed? Take a ‘nature pill’

    Spending just 20 minutes in nature — even if it’s simply gardening, doing yardwork or sitting quietly in the backyard — can significantly lower stress hormone levels.

  5. Original Earth Day organizers reunite 50 years later

    Former student activists who established the 1970 Teach-In on the Environment examine how history can inform the present — and the future.

  6. What on Earth are you doing?

    The relentless barrage of dire news about climate change can take a toll on one’s psyche. Just imagine if climate change is your area of study. Plus: U-M & Earth Day at 50

  7. Producing ‘green methane’ with artificial photosynthesis

    A solar-powered catalyst uses artificial photosynthesis to turn carbon dioxide into methane. We could be recycling smokestack CO2 within 5-10 years, researchers say.

  8. Migratory birds shrinking as climate warms

    A four-decade record shows North American birds are getting smaller and their wings are getting longer. Both changes appear to be responses to the climate.

  9. ‘We’re missing something fundamental about the sun’

    First data from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission has implications for space weather prediction and Earth’s power grid.