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Environment

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. ‘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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.