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Climate Change in Court: The Implications of Impending Climate Litigation

Power plant emitting greenhouse gases

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Acting Director of the Hixon Center Climate and environmental issues aren’t making their way into the mainstream news as much anymore, and when they do, the news is discouraging. Amidst everything else, you might have come across the stream of controversial developments coming out of the Pruitt-led Environmental Protection Agency – most […]

Part 3: Sustainable Management of Critical Materials – What is It, and Why Do We Care?

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By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the third and final part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 1 and Part 2. The previous two segments of this series covered the history and technical details of determining material criticality. This third and final segment identifies some […]

Part 2: Sustainable Management of Critical Materials – What is It, and Why Do We Care?

Figure 1: Short-term criticality assessment of several minerals relevant for the energy-sector using the NAS methodology (Source: DOE 2011 Critical Materials Strategy, page 4).

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center This is the second part of a multi-part series on the sustainable management of critical materials. Read Part 1 and Part 3. Previously, I wrote the first segment of this series for the Hixon Center’s blog about the history of critical raw materials (CRM) in the European Union […]

The EPA Scrapped the Clean Power Plan. Now What?

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Earlier this month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he will move to withdraw and scrap the Clean Power Plan, the staple piece of the Obama administration’s climate action efforts. The proposed repeal follows an Executive Order issued months earlier by President Donald Trump, asking the EPA […]

Stronger in Solidarity: Takeaways from AASHE 2017

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By: LOUIS SPANIAS, Sustainability Program Manager Each year, many of the world’s institutions of higher education gather together to address the growing and ongoing need for environmental and climate action. This year, the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, or AASHE, was held in San Antonio, Texas and […]

The Monetary Valuation of Germany’s Environmental Burden of Disease

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By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center How much is environmental pollution and degradation making us sick? In many countries, environmental pollution and degradation takes a measurable toll on population health and hence society and economic productivity. A new project that includes contributions by the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design seeks to assist […]

Top-down versus Bottom-up Climate Change Action: Is the Paris Agreement Worth Keeping?

Tanja presenting on the Paris Agreement

By: TANJA SREBOTNJAK, Director of the Hixon Center On September 19th, 2017, I delivered a presentation to the Pomona Valley Chapter of the United Nations Association. Speaking to nearly 100 attendees, including students from the Claremont Colleges, I examined nearly three decades of sluggish international climate change negotiations that contrast sharply with increasingly robust and […]