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Lee Street Beach in Evanston, Illinois

This winter, popular Lee Street Beach in Evanston, Illinois, was shrinking as Lake Michigan rose. (Anne Snabes / Northwestern University)

Northwestern University
The Evanston, Illinois, and Beaufort, South Carolina, areas are considering how to combat beach erosion and planning to fix strained storm water systems.
Asian carp near Lake Michigan

Asian carp swarm waterways near the Great Lakes. (Source: U.S. Congresswoman Mary Kaptur)

George Washington University
Invasive species don't follow shelter in place orders like the officials tasked with containing them. For the Midwest's invasive Asian carp, the effects of halting prevention measures range from not too bad to detrimental.

For the physical component of my Senior Capstone Project, I designed a field guide booklet that provides designers with a basic understanding surrounding sustainability as well as outlines ways designers can advocate for sustainable solutions within their own projects.

George Washington University
There's much to unpack within the sustainability movement of design, and it’s becoming increasingly important for designers to open dialogues surrounding what role they play in this movement.

In a time before stay-at-home orders, crowds gathered for D.C.'s global climate strike in September 2019 (Image by Victoria Middleton).

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Even during a global pandemic, youth climate activists engaged people across the world during Earth Day Live, a three-day, virtual mobilization to stop the climate emergency.

(Deepti Bansal Gage/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | GW Law School
Environmentalism is a relatively recent concept in the Western world, creating challenges when confronting our growing environmental issues. Looking to other, non-western cultures and leaders, may help develop enduring solutions.

Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean Lynn Goldman is this week's podcast guest. (George Washington University)

Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
Continuing the limited podcast series Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic, we talk with George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean Lynn Goldman.
gold mine water pollution

Ecosystem destruction, such as this pollution from a gold mine, is a primary driver of zoonotic disease reproduction and transmission. Natural ecosystems act as a buffer zone, preventing spillover of certain pathogens from animals to people.

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | Cornell University
While much about the future remains uncertain, we do know this is not the last pandemic we'll face. And if we want to prevent future pandemics, we need to focus on the impact of humans on our environment.

In times of crisis, whether our current pandemic or a natural disaster, how should social scientists manage their research of human subjects? (Lisa Shoning-Young/Creative Commons)

Research Director for Sustainable GW | George Washington University
Given the ongoing crisis, many faculty and researchers are launching projects that deal with disasters. But a key question for social scientists working with human research subjects is how to conduct research in these conditions.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison
How to cover climate change as a journalist when there is a rich history of politicization and misinformation.
straight road looking into the distance with storm clouds overhead

The road ahead for both COVID-19 and climate change is stormy, but with science and facts by our side we can find solutions to both.

Founder and Chief Executive, Planet Forward
How can we apply the lessons we are learning now to the next looming threat — climate change — recognizing that it will, by necessity, take a back seat until the current health emergency and economic crisis subside?

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