Environment

Rare Earths Mining Potential in the United States

America’s well-being — our homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and transportation systems — are all possible because of this country’s vast mineral wealth. The United States ranks as among the world…

LOST at Sea

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea — known as UNCLOS or LOST (Law of the Sea Treaty) — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but has yet to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. Many ob…

Coal: Beginning the Long Goodbye?

Due to a boom in production and low prices, natural gas now equals coal as the cost-effective fuel of choice for electricity generation. The shift to natural gas comes as many aging coal power plants…

Solving the Problem of Traffic Congestion

Traffic congestion is a growing problem in many metropolitan areas. Congestion increases travel time, air pollution, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel use because cars cannot run efficiently. Th…

A Survey on the Economic Effects of Los Angeles County’s Plastic Bag Ban

Grocers and other retailers nationwide pack consumers' purchases in plastic bags. However, a growing number of jurisdictions — including Los Angeles county, and cities such as Austin and Seattle — hav…

No Need to Get the Lead Out

In 1991 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service instituted a nationwide ban on the use of lead shot to hunt waterfowl due to studies that suggested ducks and geese often mistake the small pellets for fo…

The Defense Implications of Rare Earth Shortages

Rare earth elements are used in everyday products: smart phones, hard disc drives, flat-screen televisions and advanced batteries. They are essential to such 'green' technologies as wind turbines, com…

Which Is Better for the Environment: Transit or Roads?

The main problem with rail transit is that, compared with driving, transit is slow, inconvenient and expensive. Although some rail lines may bypass congested roads, most people do not live and work ri…