Environment

  1. Life in plastic, not so fantastic

    Visitors to this interactive Ann Arbor exhibit by Brooklyn-based artist and environmental activist Robin Frohardt will immerse in a 6,000-square-foot supermarket in which every banana, every frozen pizza, every sushi roll, and every box of cereal is made of single-use plastic. (Gets a person thinking.) Show runs through Feb. 5.

  2. Environmental justice expert is U-M’s first science envoy

    Kyle Whyte is one of seven distinguished scientists in the U.S. tapped to share his expertise with the Department of State. The SEAS professor is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation; he is an expert on climate justice and Indigenous peoples’ rights.

  3. EV transition will benefit most US vehicle owners, but lowest-income Americans could get left behind

    If all vehicles on the road were replaced with new EVs, the transportation energy burdens and associated greenhouse gas emissions would vary widely from place to place, according to a new study.

  4. Embracing a new ethos in business

    Michigan Ross professor Andy Hoffman took a cohort of business students on a lakeside retreat this summer to shed distractions, embrace a moral compass, and reflect on careers that promote commerce and serve society.

  5. New long-necked dinosaur helps rewrite evolutionary history of sauropods in South America

    A single trunk vertebra has allowed scientists to identify a new species of long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur. The creature inhabited the tropical lowland forested area of the Serranía del Perijá in northern Colombia approximately 175 million years ago.

  6. U-M study: Local renewable energy employment can fully replace U.S. coal jobs nationwide

    As of 2019, coal-fired electricity generation directly employed nearly 80,000 workers. A new U-M study quantifies—for the first time—the technical feasibility and costs of replacing those coal jobs with local wind and solar employment nationwide.

  7. Recipe for a global crisis

    The war in Ukraine, coupled with COVID-19 and climate change, is the latest in a string of dramatic shocks to global food production. At the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Amy Senter, BS ’08/MS ’11, mobilizes efforts to address these formidable challenges.

  8. Tusk reveals clues about extinct species

    Some 13,000 years ago, a roving male mastodon died in a bloody mating-season battle in what today is northeast Indiana, according to the first study to document the annual migration of an individual animal from an extinct species.

  9. Winter grab: Boring through Saginaw Bay

    U-M biogeochemist Casey Godwin examines this chunk of crystal-clear ice as if it were a priceless gemstone pulled from the earth. The ice is, in fact, precious, offering a rare glimpse of life below the Great Lakes.