In conjunction with his new textbook Developing Sustainable Environmental Responsibility, Lecturer Rick Reibstein will host webinars over the next month. The free series will elaborate on the concept of the book: the goal of developing the sense of responsibilities that would result in sustainability, and which could be sustained. Click here to register for free.
Assistant Professor Rachael Garrett has co-authored “Corporate Investments in Supply Chain Sustainability: Selecting Instruments in the Agri-Food Industry” in the latest issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production. Dr. Garrett and her colleagues investigate the underlying process and conditions under which green sourcing concerns lead to the adoption of specific sustainability instruments among agri-food companies.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Robinson W. Fulweiler, who has been named to the 2016 fellows program of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. She will be honored at the February Aquatic Sciences meeting in Honolulu.
Professor Cutler J. Cleveland joined other members of the BU faculty and staff who have written for BU Today to talk about this week’s election and what’s next. Click here to read Professor Cleveland’s reflections on potential environment and energy policies.
Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra is in Irvine, California, this week, attending the 28th annual Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia bring together outstanding young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines.
Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published a piece on pollution prevention on RegBlog, the Penn Law source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion. Click to read “Restoring Pollution Prevention and the Concept of Positive Freedom.”
PhD student Emily Chua, Associate Professor Wally Fulweiler, and their co-authors have published “A Review of the Emerging Field of Underwater Mass Spectrometry” in Frontiers in Marine Science. Mass spectrometers are versatile sensor systems, owing to their high sensitivity and ability to simultaneously measure multiple chemical species. Over the last two decades, traditional laboratory-based membrane inlet mass spectrometers have been adapted for underwater use. Underwater mass spectrometry (UMS) has drastically improved our capability to monitor a broad suite of gaseous compounds (e.g., dissolved atmospheric gases, light hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds) in the aquatic environment. This article provides an overview of the progress made in the field of UMS since its inception in the 1990s to the present.
Earth and Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently coauthored an article titled “Reducing uncertainties in decadal variability of the global carbon budget with multiple datasets” in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. Conventional approaches of calculating the global carbon budget makes the land sink the most uncertain of all budget terms. This is because, rather than being constrained by observations, it is inferred as a residual in the budget equation. In this article, the authors overcome this limitation by performing a Bayesian fusion of different available observation-based estimates of decadal carbon fluxes. This approach reduces the uncertainty in the land sink by 41% and in the ocean sink by 46%. These results are significant because they give unprecedented confidence in the role of the increasing land sink in regulating atmospheric CO2, and shed light on the past decadal trend.
Professor Myneni’s website is sites.bu.edu/cliveg.
BU President Robert A. Brown has selected Anthony Janetos, Earth & Environment Professor and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, to chair BU’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. Joining Dr. Janetos on the task force are Earth & Environment Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, and Professor Nathan Phillips.
The task force is charged with developing a plan to include not only operational measures to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy use but also methods for incorporating research and educational components in line with the University’s mission and strategic plan.
Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a panel at BU’s Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies to discuss whether Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an accurate measurement of human progress. “The way [GDP] treats non-renewable resources is fundamentally wrong, and is inconsistent with the way it treats manufactured capital,” Dr. Cleveland noted, adding, “There are a number of broader ecosystem services that are not traded in market, but underpin life itself, including our economic life — a stable climate, protection of the ozone layer, the provision of fertile soil, crop pollination.” Read more about the discussion here.