Ernest Moniz is the current U. S. Secretary of Energy. He was unanimously confirmed to the position by the Senate in 2013. Moniz is an esteemed nuclear physicist and has served as Head of the Physics Department and Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Given President Obama’s recent 2016 […]

Facing incessant drought, cities across the state of California have been forced to consider every potential water-saving measure. But though desperate times call for desperate measures, one city’s water-saving solution may be deemed a bit too extreme. Southern California’s Pismo Beach recently passed an ordinance mandating that urinals installed in new buildings be completely water […]

For a long time, weather control was merely the stuff of Greek myths, super powers, or science fiction novels. But experimentation with altering weather and climate in the academic realm has been explored for nearly two hundred years,, with increasingly — and some might say frighteningly — reactive results. Beyond scholarly curiosity about the human ability to manipulate our immediate environment, climate control has more recently […]

Once a symbol of human ingenuity and power over nature, the 79,000 dams scattered across America’s landscape are now falling into disrepair and disuse. Even the larger, highly functioning dams struggle to generate enough energy to justify their drawbacks. This decline is merely the latest chapter in the fraught history of hydroelectricity — a tale that includes unintended environmental consequences and disregard for Native American rights. Repairing the damages […]

Much to the dismay of environmentalists, progressives, and worried citizens, the national political climate remains frozen on climate change while ice caps melt. Under the shadow of the global inability to address the issue, alarmed and alert Americans are struggling to restore and sustain their environment. But if the effects of climate change seem distant, […]

The 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP 21, begins on December 7th in Paris.  The Paris Agreement  already promises to be the most significant agreement on climate change since the Kyoto Protocol. As heads of state, negotiators, and climate activists descend on Paris for the two-week climate change conference, BPR’s very own Mili […]

The environmental movement in the United States has a problem. From rooftop gardens to central parks, cities across the country have been putting the green into green spaces. In fact, cities like New York have committed upwards of $130 million to revamp old parks and create new ones. Well-intentioned as they may be, these investments drive up the cost of rent in these neighborhoods, forcing low-income families out, as the […]

On September 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new rules to improve air quality in areas surrounding oil refineries across the United States, a move that the agency maintains will reduce the risk of cancer for 1.4 million people. The regulations require the monitoring of emissions on “fence lines” where refinery-generated pollutants enter nearby […]