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EPA takes a toxic turn by backing away from mercury regulation

By Janet McCabe

Janet McCabe, a key player in Indiana University's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, explains the ramifications of the USEPA's recent proposal to unravel regulations limiting coal plants' release of mercury, one of the most toxic substances on earth for humans and natural ecosystems. Existing regulations have allowed mercury emissions from US coal plants to decrease 85% between 2006 and 2016. Mercury levels in water and fish have also decreased.

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IU's environmental Grand Challenge brings bird banding station to Bloomington

By Allison Byrd, Eve Cusak and Ellen Ketterson

When Indiana University professor Ellen Ketterson and Bloomington resident Eve Cusack began to discuss development of a bird banding station at IU in 2016, they saw a clear trajectory for the marriage of science and education. Their partnership has brought together bird enthusiasts and knowledge seekers, from infants to octogenarians, to experience wild birds, up close and personal.

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Addressing climate change through degrowth: It may be less contentious than you think.

By Abigail Sullivan and Matthew Houser

We are not delusional in thinking that after centuries of capitalism’s dominance, everyone will immediately desire to or be in a position to move away from capitalism’s growth imperative and enthusiastically transition to a new system. But it might be time to dispel the with the myth that degrowth is fundamentally a contentious topic, incompatible with conservative values and to instead start conversations with friends, family, and neighbors about alternative futures—even if they sit on the other side of the political aisle.

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Research highlights promise of IU's newly signed agreement with Sorbonne

News at IU | Mar. 19, 2019

A study was published by David Kehoe and Frédéric Partensky focusing on a key process allowing for a widespread ocean bacterium to efficiently convert sunlight into oxygen. This is a part of the biological pathway that allows the bacterium to acclimate to different ocean waters. The study is part of Indiana University's and Sorbonne University's recent formal partnership.

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Hoosiers rally for renewable energy policies in Indiana

WFYI | Mar. 6, 2019

Multiple organizations were present at the statehouse in order to advocate for renewable energy policies in Indiana. They are focused on a bill preventing bans on solar installations from homeowners associations and other bills on energy rights for Indiana citizens. While there have been struggles promoting renewable energy, organization leaders and some senators see a way forward.

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IUPUI researcher co-authors Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment energy report

News at IU | Feb. 19, 2019

The latest Indiana Climate Chang Impacts Assessment, "Climate Change and Indiana's Energy Sector", was released in February. One of the co-authros was Richard Shubert who serves on the urban research group of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge. This report focuses on residentital and commercial energy use and has mulitple implications for decision makers in Indiana.

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Climate change is threatening Indiana bird populations, study finds

Indiana Daily Student | Jan. 29, 2019

With unusually warm weather resulting from climate change, bird species in Indiana could diminish. Environmental Resilience Institute researchers Adam Fudickar and Dustin Brewer talk about how resources for birds and their breeding can become out of sink causing declining populations. They also mention how the consequences of climate change could have the most effects on migratory birds.

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New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air

New York Times | Dec. 28, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to make major changes to the way the federal government calculates the human health and safety benefits of restricting mercury emissions. Under these new calculations, it can become difficult to justify the current regulations which multiple experts and former E.P.A. officials say is an issue.

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IU, McKinney Family Foundation expand partnership to advance environmental resilience

News at IU | Nov. 28, 2018

Indiana University has been awarded three grants totaling more than $500,000 from the McKinney Family Foundation in support of initiatives across multiple campuses that are educating a new generation of leaders and changemakers in environmental resilience and sustainability roles. The grants count toward the $3 billion For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

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