Brian Bienkowski, Daily Climate

Brian Bienkowski

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Sault Ste. Marie, MI, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

Solar power on the rise at US schools

Since 2014, the number of K-12 schools in the U.S. using solar power increased by roughly 81 percent—and now more than 5.3 million kids and teens go to a school using solar energy, according to a new report. → Read More


Toxic pesticides and flame-retardants found in monkey, baboon, and chimpanzee poop

Baboons in the U.S., howler monkeys in Costa Rica, and baboons, chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, and red colobus in Uganda are all getting exposed to dangerous pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals, according to new research. → Read More


Hot roads and roofs send harmful pollution into the air

Asphalt—a petroleum product used on roads and roofs—is a significant source of harmful chemicals that end up contributing to ozone and particulate matter pollution. → Read More

A Northeast US climate initiative has had a major side benefit—healthier children

​Researchers estimate a climate effort in the Northeast U.S. helped the region reduce toxic air pollution and avoid hundreds of asthma and autism cases, preterm births, and low birth weights. → Read More


Diversity and community focus: The future of science communication

How EHN's Agents of Change series highlighted the inequities—and opportunities—in environmental health. → Read More

Editorial: Bicycling is having a moment—let’s use it to make riding more safe and inclusive

As we celebrate a World Bicycle Day like no other—let's keep the momentum and attention the coronavirus pandemic has brought to bicycling. → Read More

Climate change: For big emissions reductions, we need to think small

Small-scale clean energy and low carbon technologies—such as solar panels, smart appliances and electric bicycles—are more likely to push society toward meeting climate goals than large-scale technologies → Read More

The planet’s largest ecosystems could collapse faster than we thought

Massive, vital ecosystems that have existed for thousands of years could breakdown in just a few decades, according to a new study → Read More

“Climate chaos” and bumble bee extinctions

Bumble bee populations are declining at a rate "consistent with a mass extinction" and warming temperatures in Europe and North America are at least partly to blame, according to a study published today in Science. → Read More

Renewables could be a health boon for Great Lakes, Upper Midwest regions

Installing more wind turbines in the Upper Midwest, and more solar panels in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, would bring the largest health gains and benefits from U.S. renewable energy, according to a new Harvard University analysis. → Read More


Is air pollution worsening kids’ mental health?

Children exposed to high amounts of air pollution were more likely to end up in the emergency room for a mental health problem a couple days later than children with lower exposure, according to a new study. → Read More

Common Insecticide Threatens Survival of Migrating Birds

Neonicotinoids could be partially responsible for the dramatic decline of migrant and farmland bird species worldwide. → Read More


Global renewable energy has quadrupled over past decade

With solar leading the way, clean energy capacity growth is helping the planet avoid billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. → Read More

Global Renewable Energy Has Quadrupled Over the Past Decade

Despite growth in clean energy, we can't afford to be complacent: Fossil fuel emissions have also risen. → Read More

Surprise! Unexpected ocean heat waves are becoming the norm

Ocean heat waves, which can push out fish, plankton and other aquatic life, are happening far more frequently than previously thought, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. → Read More

From making it to managing it, plastic is a major contributor to climate change

New report finds plastic production and use could have the equivalent impact of nearly 300 new coal power plants on Earth's climate over the next decade. → Read More


Move over bacon: Poultry farms are taking over North Carolina

New analysis finds there are now more than twice as many large-scale poultry farms than industrial hog farms in North Carolina, bringing about new pollution concerns. → Read More

Increasing temperatures from climate change may harm babies' hearts

Increasing temperatures from climate change could drive up the number of babies born with congenital heart defects, warns a new study from the Journal of the American Heart Association. → Read More


How diapers and menstrual pads are exposing babies and women to hormone-disrupting, toxic chemicals

Researchers find phthalates and volatile organic compounds in sanitary pads and diapers. Health advocates say the report is the latest example of products falling through regulatory cracks and an inadequate societal focus on women's reproductive health. → Read More

Desalination Plants Are on the Rise — So Is Their Salty, Chemical Waste

The plants discharge 37 billion gallons of waste every day — enough in a year to cover Florida under one foot of brine. → Read More