Three ways the Northeastern community is addressing ocean plastics pollution

A big emphasis of World Oceans Day this year is bringing aware­ness to the problem of marine plastic pol­lu­tion. Mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity are already focused on this chal­lenge by building sus­tain­able skate­boards, visu­al­izing ocean plas­tics data, and building sen­sors to iden­tify microplas­tics in the sea.

As Canada wildfires rage, faculty experts examine the ramifications

Wild­fires con­tinue to rage for a third week in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Canada’s Alberta province, the country’s oil-​​sands cap­ital. Some 96,000 people have been evac­u­ated from the area and 2,400 build­ings have been destroyed. We spoke with three North­eastern experts who share insight into how the cat­a­strophe will affect cli­mate change, the likely impact on U.S. con­sumers, and how the Fort McMurray com­mu­nity can recover.

Environment central to grassroots political initiative led by students, professor

On Sunday night, Demo­c­ratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated in Flint, Michigan, the city facing a dev­as­tating lead-​​contamination water crisis. For sev­eral North­eastern stu­dents, as well as pro­fessor Daniel Faber, the debate hit home on a very per­sonal level, as the envi­ron­ment is cen­tral to a grass­roots polit­ical initiative—called Envi­ron­men­tal­ists for Bernie.

Northeastern senior wins award as national engineering Co-​​op Student of the Year

Kelly O’Connell, E’16, came to col­lege with inter­ests in envi­ron­mental issues and cli­mate change. Today she credits Northeastern’s co-​​op pro­gram, backed by rig­orous engi­neering courses, with guiding her toward her career goals.

A climate change agreement was reached. Now what?

The two-​​week U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change ended in Paris on Sat­urday with nearly 200 nations agreeing on a plan to combat cli­mate change. Here, North­eastern pro­fes­sors dis­cuss the good, the remaining chal­lenges, and the future of this his­toric accord.

Carnivorous conchs to blame for oyster decline

David Kimbro, a marine and envi­ron­mental sci­ence pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has solved the mys­tery of why reefs in Florida inlets were expe­ri­encing large num­bers of oyster loss. Drought and sub­se­quent high salt levels in water led to a pop­u­la­tion spike in one of the oys­ters’ main preda­tors: conchs.