Category: News

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on carbon emissions lawsuit

December 13th, 2017 in 2017, Dec-17, Faculty, News, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has published in the latest issue of TYL, the publication of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association.

The 2016 ruling in Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. USA is one of the greatest recent events in our system of law. A group of children between the ages of eight and nineteen filed suit against the federal government, asking the court to order the government to act on climate change, asserting harm from carbon emissions. Read the full article here.

BU commits to net zero by 2040

December 8th, 2017 in 2017, Anthony Janetos, Faculty, Lucy Hutyra, Nathan Phillips, News, Robert Kaufmann

BU trustees have approved an aggressive climate action plan that aims to reduce direct emissions to zero on BU’s campuses by 2040, make buildings more energy-efficient and resilient to flooding, and shifts away from fossil fuels to wind and solar sources. The recommendations were made by the BU Climate Action Task Force, chaired by Earth & Environment Professor Anthony Janetos, joined by EAP major Bridget Baker, Associate Professor Lucy Hutyra, Professor Robert Kaufmann, Professor Nathan Phillips, and Adjunct Assistant Professor/Director of Sustainability Dennis Carlberg. Click to read the full announcement.

Cutler Cleveland helps Boston launch climate initiative

November 29th, 2017 in 2017, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, News, Nov-17

Professor Cutler Cleveland and BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy are helping the City of Boston launch a new initiative to achieve its climate goals under the auspices of Carbon Free Boston. “Boston has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050,” pledges Mayor Marty Walsh. “Carbon Free Boston will start by ensuring that we understand all of our options before we decide on the right near-and long-term solutions.” Click here to read the full article.

New research funding for local and national coastal projects

November 1st, 2017 in 2017, Duncan FitzGerald, Faculty, Grants, News, Nov-17, Zoe Hughes

Research Assistant Professor Zoe Hughes, Professor Duncan FitzGerald, and the Coastal Lab have secured funding from the National Science Foundation to investigate sedimentation on marshes from Florida to South Carolina due to Hurricane Irma, and from the National Park Service to study the effects of sea level rise and increased storm severity on the Boston Harbor Islands.

Rick Reibstein on why the Clean Air Act shouldn’t prevent municipalities from placing limitations on leaf blowers

October 31st, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein has just published “Legal Challenges to Leaf Blower Ordinances: The Issue of Preemption” in Quiet Communities. “The issue of preemption has loomed large in the willingness of local government to impose restrictions on local sources of excessive noise and pollution,” Reibstein writes. Click here to read the full article.

Rachael Garrett writes about cattle ranching, the Amazon, and low incomes

October 30th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rachael Garrett

Assistant professor Rachael Garrett has penned “For cattle farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, money can’t buy happiness” in the latest issue of The Conservation. Based on research published in Ecology and Society, Garrett writes, “Ranching rates have remained fairly steady over the past 20 years. That’s because, as our research has demonstrated, economic returns don’t always explain how farmers in this region choose to use their land.” Click here to read the full article.

Professor Suchi Gopal named panelist for SWMS “Journey to Confidence” session

October 30th, 2017 in 2017, Events, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Presentations, Suchi Gopal, Talks

Professor Suchi Gopal has been invited as a panelist for the upcoming Society for Women in Marine Science annual symposium, “Swimming in Confidence: Declaring Your Scientific Authority.”  Professor Gopal and her colleagues will close the event with the panel “The Journey to Confidence.”
Society for Women in Marine Science

4th Annual SWMS Symposium

Friday, November 3, 2017

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, MA

Pontus Olofsson receives research funding from NASA

October 25th, 2017 in 2017, Awards, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Grants, News, Oct-17, Pontus Olofsson, Rachael Garrett, Researchers

Research Associate Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a three-year research grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program for his proposal “Comprehensive analysis of thirty years of land change in Georgia: patterns, carbon dynamics and drivers.” Olofsson, together with co-investigators Rachael Garrett and Curtis Woodcock, will analyze the land change patterns and terrestrial carbon dynamics of the country of Georgia over the last 30 years. The study has a strong social science component and includes analyses of impacts of shifting policies, globalization, and of the economic and political turmoil of modern Georgia.

Professor Cutler Cleveland appointed to Implementation Advisory Committee

October 19th, 2017 in 2017, Cutler Cleveland, Faculty, News, Oct-17

Professor Cutler Cleveland has been appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).  The IAC is composed of representatives from various sectors in the Commonwealth to advise the Executive Office Energy and Environmental Affairs on implementation of the GWSA. The IAC members volunteer their time and expertise to participate in discussions, review draft documents, and provide recommendations to the Secretary for the Administration’s consideration.

Lecturer Rick Reibstein publishes on ethical chemistry

October 16th, 2017 in 2017, Faculty, News, Oct-17, Pub-17, Publications, Rick Reibstein

Lecturer Rick Reibstein‘s article, “A More Ethical Chemistry,” appears in the journal Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. “Because of the success of greener and safer alternatives the industry now has a new responsibility,” Reibstein urges, “to investigate whether better alternatives are feasible, and continuously evolve to impose less risk.”