Researchers harvest acid from seawater to feed beneficial algae

Read the full story from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From the air you breathe to the seafood you eat, marine algae have some involvement—they consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen through photosynthesis and feed fish and shellfish. One day, marine algae...

PureCycle’s recycled resin approved by FDA for food packaging

Read the full story at Packaging Gateway. US-based chemical company PureCycle Technologies has announced the receipt of a letter of no objection (LNO) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming that the company’s PureFive ultra-pure recycled resin is...

How the recycling symbol lost its meaning

Read the full story from Grist. Today, the recycling icon is omnipresent — found on plastic bottles, cereal boxes, and bins loitering alongside curbs across the country. The chasing arrows, though, are often plastered on products that aren’t recyclable at all,...

How massive, feral goldfish are threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem

Read the full story from PBS News Hour. For many people, the humble goldfish is their first pet. Swimming in a tank in your house, it’s hard to imagine it’s much of a threat. But released into the Great Lakes, this iconic fish can imperil the fragile ecosystem of the...

Systemic review for the use of biochar to mitigate soil degradation

Qi, S., Degen, A., Wang, W., Huang, M., Li, D., Luo, B., Xu, J., Dang, Z., Guo, R., & Shang, Z. (2024). “Systemic review for the use of biochar to mitigate soil degradation.” GCB Bioenergy, 16, e13147. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcbb.13147 Abstract Biochar, a black...

“What Would A Harris Presidency Mean For The Climate?”

“A look at Kamala Harris’ record on clean energy, climate diplomacy, and environmental justice in California, the Senate, and the White House.”Climate ChangeEnvironmental HealthEnvironmental JusticeEnvironmental PoliticsNational (U.S.)PublicSource:...

Op-ed: The climate crisis demands a move away from car dependency

My nightmares about waves started the night our building flooded. I was living in a commercial loft in Red Hook, Brooklyn, when Hurricane Sandy hit. None of us living in the squat, two-story cinder-block warehouse across the street from the cruise ship terminal took...

Talking Aloud: When should you put the scalpel down?

You’d think surgeons would be the first to know when to hang up their scalpel, but alas, they’re as stubborn as a rusted bolt. When should a surgeon put down the knife and stop pretending they’re not going blind? It’s a question of cognitive decline,...

Where Javan leopards thrive, so do other wildlife, study shows

JAKARTA — A new study on Javan leopards has found that areas with higher numbers of the endangered subspecies have richer wildlife diversity than those from where the elusive big cats are absent. More Javan leopards (Panthera pardus melas) in a given habitat...

Minerals for agricultural use in the Pan Amazon

The ongoing expansion of Brazil’s industrial farms has created a robust market for the mineral feedstocks used for the manufacture of chemical fertilizers. Historically, demand was met largely by imports, but a combination of cost and geopolitical considerations has...

The ongoing battle against underground storage tank leaks

Read the full story from Environment + Energy Leader. Owning and operating an underground storage tank (UST) involves serious practical and legal responsibilities. These systems have the potential to leak, often going unnoticed for long periods, resulting in severe...

Say Goodbye to Brominated Vegetable Oil – No Great Loss

The FDA recently banned brominated vegetable oil (BVO), an emulsifier used in citrus-flavored sodas to keep flavor oils evenly distributed. BVO has been replaced by safer alternatives due to potential health risks, which may be valid. A visit from Steve and Irving and...

Microplastics: A One Health priority agenda

Biswas, Ripan; Debnath, Chanchal; Barua, Rahul; Samanta, Indranil. (2024). “Microplastics: A One Health priority agenda.” One Health Bulletin 10.4103/ohbl.ohbl_18_24. [open access] Abstract Interdisciplinary approaches are increasingly recognized as crucial for...

Pain Patients Aren’t ‘Drug Users’: Exposing A Dangerous Myth

Chronic pain patients who take opioids under medical supervision are fundamentally different from recreational users who take drugs to get high. In their bid to destigmatize and legalize drugs, some drug policy reformers have attempted to blur this clear distinction....

What I Am Reading July 18th

AI, a faith-based tech, we see. Guiding readers, to books brand new. America’s hot dog, a culinary sensation. China’s need for potatoes.

Politics & Privacy: Our Right to Presidential Medical Records

The Republicans are aggressively seeking Biden’s medical information. They make a compelling case- but after pulling back the onion skin, it’s rather flimsy –perhaps even dangerous and legally problematic. Nevertheless, the exercise raises critical questions: Is there...

The new paradigm for sustainable packaging

Read the full story at Fast Company. To develop truly circular packaging for a given market, companies must understand local realities. The recycling rates for a given material depend on several factors, such as the availability and processing capability of recycling...

Here are 3 ways to cultivate your sustainability culture

Read the full story from GreenBiz. This is part of a series about how companies can integrate sustainability into their core business strategies. The previous articles in the series describe how to assess your company’s sustainability strategy, identify material ESG...

The warming ocean is leaving coastal economies in hot water

by Charles Colgan, Middlebury Institute of International Studies Ocean-related tourism and recreation supports more than 320,000 jobs and US$13.5 billion in goods and services in Florida. But a swim in the ocean became much less attractive in the summer of 2023, when...

Breaking Barriers to Low Carbon Concrete Pavements

Lopez, S., Sutter, L., Douglas Hooton, R., Van Dam, T., Innis, A., & Senn, K. (2024). Breaking Barriers to Low Carbon Concrete Pavements. Transportation Research Record, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/03611981241250340 Abstract Several benefits, including low cost,...

Every Picture Tells A Story – The Unfolding Tale of Long COVID

A new study on veterans highlights how the incidence of Long COVID has shifted through time and different variants, bringing a mix of hope and sighs. And yes, vaccination has played a crucial role in this evolving drama, reducing the burden of Long COVID.

The people who feed America are going hungry

Read the full story at Grist. The very people who ensure the rest of the country has food to eat are going hungry. Although no one can say for sure how many farmworkers are food insecure (local studies suggest it ranges from 52 to 82 percent), advocates are sure the...

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