Three Key Takeaways from President Biden’s Rapid Movement on Climate Policy

BU international relations and environmental policy expert reflects on whirlwind of climate action issued from the Oval Office With just over a week in office, President Joe Biden has moved quickly to reinstate the United States into multiple international agreements and agencies through new executive actions that undo moves by the Trump administration—including rejoining the […]

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Vaping Could Make You Over 40 Percent More Likely to Get Respiratory Disease

In one of the first long-term studies of vaping, BU researchers find former and current e-cigarette users may be headed for asthma, COPD, and more Photo by Diego Cervo / iStock. Because using e-cigarettes (“vaping”) has been marketed as a less harmful alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, it has been difficult to tell whether the […]

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BU Unveils First Phase of Campuswide Research Recovery Plan

Gloria Waters, VP of research, says ramping up on-campus lab work will be gradual and contingent on public health advisories BU’s Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering, like most of the University’s research buildings, has largely been vacant since all but essential work was banned by Governor Charlie Baker. Photo by Bob […]

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Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Slow the Global Shift to Renewable Energy?

BU sustainable energy expert says the coronavirus outbreak may make “dirty fuels” more attractive in the short term As the coronavirus pandemic roils global economic markets, Peter Fox-Penner, director of BU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, believes some power plants may continue or even restart use of oil and gas as a cost-saving measure. Photo by […]

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Children of Construction Workers Are at Risk of Secondhand Lead Exposure

BU researchers are studying how to curb household lead contamination stemming from construction sites Diana Ceballos, Boston University School of Public Health assistant professor of environmental health, is leading a project to curb lead levels in children who live in homes with construction workers. Coming into contact with dangerous heavy metals like lead can, unfortunately, […]

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BU’s URBAN Enables PhD Students to Study People’s Health and the Earth’s

Program offers a unique marriage of disciplines Paige Brochu (SPH’18,’22) gathered data to map a proposed urban forest for Providence, R.I. Portrait by Jackie Ricciardi. Photo of Providence, R.I. by Denis Tangney Jr./iStock. Planting a tree in your yard can increase your property value, while helping to fight climate change (trees absorb carbon dioxide, a […]

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Student Volunteers Share ASB Experiences on Instagram

Last week, 275 BU students and chaperones fanned out across the country, to Puerto Rico, and to Montreal for Alternative Spring Breaks, the annual week of service where students volunteer with local nonprofits. This year, students worked on projects ranging from environmental reform and public health to immigrant and refugee services and food justice. Along […]

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BU Scientists Get $3 Million NSF Research Traineeship Grant

Preparing new generation of researchers to tackle urban environmental problems BU faculty Lucy Hutyra (from left), Pamela Templer, and Jonathan Levy are leading an NSF Research Traineeship program aimed at providing graduate students the technical, policy, and communications skills needed to help cities address multidimensional environmental and public health issues. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. More […]

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CAS Researchers Working to Predict Future Climate Change

Findings could have implications for carbon cycling Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., is a more than 3,700-acre ecological research area where scientists have been carrying out experiments since 1907. Photo courtesy of Mark Friedl and Minkyu Moon. Forests’ role in absorbing carbon from fossil fuel emissions is important  Researchers study spring’s timing to understand how […]

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Winds of Change

CAS scientists look to coral reefs for how Pacific gusts influence global climate Diane Thompson extracting a core from a live Porites coral colony at Kiritimati in 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Wiggins. Winds in the tropical Pacific are poorly characterized, yet affect climate worldwide Scientists use the chemical fingerprint of winds captured in coral to re-create wind […]

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