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Plant-Based Burgers Might Save the World's Forests
May 2, 2019

C-PREE Research Scholar, Tim Searchinger, and his colleague, Richard Waite, discuss the promise of plant-based burgers to decrease the impact that cattle and other grazing animals have on the environment. Searchinger's research on land use and greenhouse gas emissions has developed calculations to demonstrate that, "Beef uses roughly 20 times more land and releases 20 times more greenhouse gases for the same amount of protein as common plant proteins such as beans."

Oppenheimer testifies in Congress on the history of climate science
April 30, 2019
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Written by B. Rose Kelly

Professor Michael Oppenheimer provided a brief, thorough history of climate science at an April 9 hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on the Environment.

Christiane Amanpour Interviews Oppenheimer on Effects of Climate Change
March 20, 2019

Prof. Michael Oppenheimer speaks with CNN about extreme weather events in a changing climate, the impact of these events on communities, and the role of government in taking actions to cut emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change.

CITES Oversights for Endangered Species: The Situation of an Indonesia Songbird
March 18, 2019

The New York Times reports on recent research by Dr. David Wilcove and Dr. Eyal Frank. Their study, using the example of the Indonesia black-winged mynas, looks at the disconnect between Cites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and scientific data regarding threatened species.

NPR: Imagining 2050 and How We Stopped Climate Change
March 13, 2019

Tim Searchinger, C-PREE Research Scholar, is featured in the third segment of NPR's Morning Edition series on imaging the world in 2050 and the changes that would be made to stop climate change. Searchinger speaks about his research on land use and greenhouse gas emissions related to food production.

Book Release - Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy
Feb. 22, 2019

C-PREE Faculty Director, Michael Oppenheimer's new book on the practices of scientific assessment is now available from the University of Chicago Press.

Delays in Banning Wildlife Trade Put Hundreds of Species at Risk
Feb. 13, 2019
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Written by Victoria Ekstrom High and B. Rose Huber

Two-thirds of species endangered by wildlife trade wait close to or more than two decades to be protected.

A new way to curb nitrogen pollution: Regulate fertilizer producers, not just farmers
Jan. 17, 2019

Nitrogen pollution is produced by a number of interlinked compounds, from ammonia to nitrous oxide. While they have both natural and human sources, the latter increased dramatically over the past century as farmers scaled up food production in response to population growth. Once these chemicals are released into the air and water, they contribute to problems that include climate change and “dead zones” in rivers, lakes and coastal areas.

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rise by 3.4 percent, Andlinger Center Speaks
Jan. 14, 2019
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Written by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Carbon dioxide emissions rose in the U.S. by 3.4 percent in 2018, according to preliminary estimates released this week. Increased electricity demand and economic growth are among the contributing factors the report cites. Interestingly, electricity production from coal actually dropped last year.

Forest Soundscapes Monitor Conservation Efforts Inexpensively, Effectively
Jan. 8, 2019

Recordings of the sounds in tropical forests could unlock secrets about biodiversity and aid conservation efforts around the world, according to a perspective paper published in Science.