Guest Blog: Saving the Environment, One Local Pond at a Time

Guest Blog By: Linda Grand Linda Grand is an incoming senior at the University of Delaware majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics.  She is vice president of Students For the Environment on campus and is participating in undergraduate research at UD.  On 20-something Environmentalist, Linda writes about her experience educating folks on the water quality [...]

Guest Blog: Electronic Waste, Where it Ends Up and What You Can Do About It

Guest Blog by: Craig Dsouza Craig Dsouza just graduted from the University of Delaware with a Masters degree in Environmental Policy.  Read his blog 'People and the Planet: The Spotlight on India' here. On 20-something environmentalist, Craig writes about a common environmental issue in his native country: e-waste in India. A worn out old personal computer, [...]

A Seventh Grader’s Perspective on Plastic Pollution

In mid-April, I spoke with a seventh grade about her thoughts on plastic pollution (See: In Case You Missed It: Disposable Plastic Still Sucks).  Sophie, from Silicon Valley, CA, believes that "we waste way too much plastic and it is really harming our environment.” She has researched the effects of plastic on the environment as [...]

Keeping an Eye on Plastic Pollution

After posting about plastic pollution earlier this week (In Case You Missed It: Disposable Plastic Still Sucks), I realized that it is important to clarify where plastic pollution that ends up in the ocean comes from.  It seems that most people assume plastic pollution comes from beach goers who litter, but that is often not [...]

In Case You Missed It: Disposable Plastic Still Sucks

"I am in 7th grade and my school is doing a project where each student has to research and try and solve one problem in the world.  I have chosen plastic pollution.  We waste way too much plastic and it is really harming our environment." I received the e-mail above earlier this week.  At first, [...]

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Part III: Ecology

According to the Hidden Risk Report, a publication from the Biodiversity Research Institute in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, “invertivores” are greatly affected by mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Songbirds and bats are referred to as invertivores because they eat a variety of invertebrate species like spiders, snails and worms; not just insects.  Invertivores [...]

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Part II: Air Pollution Victims

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) called air pollution victims “unidentified and imaginary” (Browning).  In reality, air pollution victims are quite real. Coal combustion in the nation releases approximately 48 tons of mercury each year.  Mercury is a neurotoxin causing mental retardation and lost productivity (in terms of IQ decline).  According to Trasande et. al, direct costs [...]

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Series Part I: Overview

Environmental policies are systemically intertwined with science, politics, economics and history.  Effective environmental policies improve public health, environmental justice concerns and take flora and fauna into consideration.  Beyond law and regulation, there is a feedback loop between environmental policy and environmental advocacy.  Advocates may push for new legislation or new legislation may empower advocates.  In [...]

Brownfields and Environmental Justice in New Jersey

I do not have to go as far as the mountains of West Virginia or shale country in Pennsylvania to see environmental classism.  Back home in New Jersey, after it rains, all of the lower areas that are quick to flood out are all inhabited by low income and often minority communities.  The rich, white [...]