Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

Feb 7, 2017
President Trump jettisoned more than 30 years of bipartisan regulatory policy on January 30 when he issued an executive order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” The order requires that whenever a new regulation is enacted by any federal agency, regulators must eliminate two rules, so that the cost of complying with the new rule is offset by the costs associated with the two existing rules. But Trump misses a crucial point about government regulations, writes Fellow Joe Aldy: They impose costs on society, but they also produce benefits.Read more >
Jan 27, 2017
Fellow Daniel Orenstein writes that scientists, educators and researchers have to become leaders, both advancing the state of knowledge about global climate and the impacts of human activities, and strengthening the ecological literacy of youth. Education will be key in pushing back the damage that the Trump presidency is already causing, he says.Read more >
Jan 6, 2017
Fellow Elizabeth Hoover visited the camp kitchens at Standing Rock and writes about the food traditions on display in them.Read more >
Dec 14, 2016
Fellow Kelly Sims Gallagher spoke recently with The GroundTruth Project about Donald Trump’s impact on the international relations of the Paris climate agreement, and what effect the U.S. election might have on climate politics in Europe and China.Read more >
Nov 14, 2016
Australia has some 8,300 islands, many of them home to threatened species. But humans have introduced rodents and predators such as feral cats and foxes to many of these islands, devastating native wildlife and changing entire island ecosystems. Removing invasive mammals has proven to be a very effective tool for protecting island species, Fellows Chris Wilcox and Erin McCreless discovered.Read more >
Oct 31, 2016
As the United States and China put new policies in place to achieve their national targets and fulfill their domestic and international commitments, both countries confront a common challenge: mobilizing sufficient investment at home to meet domestic energy, climate, and environmental protection goals, while at the same time steering outbound investments toward sustainable projects in other nations that support, rather than undermine, those nations’ climate targets.Read more >
Oct 17, 2016
Fellow Joe Rand says research from the Berkeley Lab, Elevate Energy and the Center for Sustainable Energy shows that buyers think solar is a desirable feature, but that they, realtors and appraisers need more help to find and value solar homes.Read more >
Oct 3, 2016
ECO-STEAM in education has the potential to help turn our educational institutions, and indeed our everyday lives, into laboratories of discovery and innovation in order to emulate nature.Read more >
Sep 19, 2016
Fellow J. Morgan Grove writes that within some neighborhoods, scientists are documenting a connection between trees and a specific social improvement: a reduction in crime. These studies combine modern mapping technology with spatial and economic statistics to compare crime levels between similar urban neighborhoods in the same city.Read more >
Sep 5, 2016
Fellow Sarah Hameed discusses the Marine Conservation Institute's proposed Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) to address the growing threats to life in sea. It will be a strategic network of strongly protected marine areas awarded designation according to science-based standards.Read more >

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