Energy & Environment

Ethanol’s Mixed Benefits and Crippling Costs

New research suggests corn ethanol mandates are having minimal success in achieving their goals while contributing to massive increases in food prices in the United States and across the world.

Growing Partnerships: Public Gardens Are Helping Cities Address Urban Challenges

A new study examines the role that public garden partnerships can play during times of urban scarcity.

Why We’ll Need More Than Just Inhalers if Climate Change and Air Pollution Persist

A large, multi-country study in Europe demonstrates a synergistic relationship between climate change and air pollution and their negative effects on respiratory health.

Short-Circuiting: Budgeting Instability Reduces Alternative Energy Innovation

Instability in federal alternative energy investment is shown to reduce innovation in the sector.

Your Mother-in-Law Should Take the “El” and Other Insights Into the Value of Public Transportation

The public benefits of mass transit resulting from a reduction in traffic alone outweigh the cost of public investment in infrastructure in the LA metropolitan area.

Rising Fuel Costs Drive Up Carpooling Rates

A new study finds that drivers respond to higher fuel prices by forming more carpools and finding substitute modes of transportation.

Wheels in Motion: Should Cities Get Behind Car Sharing?

A new study explores the ups and downs of car sharing in a complex transportation market.

What Drives Oil and Gas Company Stock Prices?

To what extent do changing energy policies contribute to the volatility in oil and gas companies’ stock returns?

A Nuclear World with Nuclear Problems

An interview with atomic expert Kennette Benedict about the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons.

Policy Radio | Dr. Mark Hammergren on Current Trends in Space Research and Policy

This week, Julie Cooper speaks with Dr. Mark Hammergren of the Adler Planetarium about current space research, trends and politics in the field and how astronomers’ work impacts our daily lives.

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