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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Map

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released a new resource aimed at helping people connect with vaccine providers. The Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine provider map is designed to improve transparency in the vaccine distribution process, by identifying where vaccine is being sent across the state. It is also intended to help Wisconsinites more easily...
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Chemours Board Sued for Duping Investors About Firm’s Wealth

Read the full story at Bloomberg News. Chemours Co.’s directors were accused in a lawsuit of duping shareholders about its financial health and the extent
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Amazon rainforest plots sold via Facebook Marketplace ads

Read the full story from the BBC. Parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook, the BBC has discovered. The protected areas
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University of Illinois YMCA launches community vermicomposting program

The University YMCA is launching a community vermicomposting program. If you’re interested in participating or learning more, fill out the interest form. They’re also looking
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DHS Announces Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine on March 1

The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that new groups will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting March 1 . The newly eligible groups, initially announced in January , include in priority order: education and child care staff, people enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some public-facing essential workers, non-frontline essential health...
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Too Good to Go to expand nationally

Read the press release. Too Good To Go, the world’s #1 app for fighting food waste, today announces plans for national expansion to Philadelphia, Washington,
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As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

Read the full story in Wired. In STEM fields, female students often can’t find an adviser who looks like them. It’s important to talk about
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Why buying vintage clothes is ‘the new luxury’

Read the full story from the BBC. For Gen Z, upcycled, reclaimed fashion is opening up a new sense of individuality and self-expression, while helping
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Making Waves in Circularity

In this episode of Stef Talks Trash, Editorial Director Stefanie Valentic interviews Nicole Baker, founder of Net Your Problem.  Net Your Problem provides a solution
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DOE funds new technologies in plastic recycling

by Lisa Sheppard, Prairie Research Institute ISTC is part of a national team to develop artificial intelligence technologies to sort non-recyclable plastics so they can
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Science has a garbage problem. Why aren’t recycling schemes more popular?

Read the full story at Massive Science. Research institutions need to reflect on their attitudes toward plastic waste and make sustainability a priority in laboratories
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Hawkeye Elegy: A collision of pandemic, disaster, and polarization in the heartland

Read the full story in Fortune. Last summer a monster storm tore across Iowa, leaving billions of dollars damage in its wake. It was a
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Novel algorithm for integrating solar, wind, hydrogen

Read the full story at pv magazine. A new, nature-inspired algorithm has been applied by scientists in Egypt and Saudi Arabia to optimize the production
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Bitcoin consumes ‘more electricity than Argentina’

Read the full story from the BBC. Bitcoin uses more electricity annually than the whole of Argentina, analysis by Cambridge University suggests.
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Energy Department Announces Addition of Combined Heat and Power to Clean Energy Modeling Web Tool

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the addition of combined heat and power modeling capabilities to the Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization (REoptTM) Lite
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WEbinar: Designing Hybrid Combined Heat and Power Systems: An Introduction to New Features in NREL’s REopt Lite Tool

Mar 2, 2021, 1-2 pm CSTRegister here. Funded by the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has added important
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DOE Awards $46 Million for Geothermal Initiative Projects with Potential to Power Millions of U.S. Homes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that its Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) Initiative at the University of Utah has
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Allbirds is investing in a plant-based leather substitute, plans faux-leather shoe drop in December

Read the full story at TechCrunch. Natural Fiber Welding is based in Peoria. The sustainability focused shoe maker Allbirds has taken another step to green its supply
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Webinar: Improve Efficiencies: Reduce Food Processing Energy, Water, and Waste

Mar 18, 2021 10:00 AM CDTRegister here. In food processing facilities, raw materials are stored, transferred, and processed into consumable products. These processes can result
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The 20 best places to tackle US farm nitrogen pollution

Read the full story from the University of Vermont. A pioneering study of U.S nitrogen use in agriculture has identified 20 places across the country
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SEC to update climate-related risk disclosure requirements

Read the full story at The Hill. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that it will update its guidelines on how publicly traded
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Biden orders review of US supply chains after a year of shortages, delays

Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive. President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that will result in a 100-day review of supply chains by
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Gov. Tony Evers seeks funds for PFAS testing, cleanup measures in budget

Read the full story in the Wisconsin State Journal. Gov. Tony Evers is looking to boost state funds to address and monitor PFAS contamination across
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Some Students Currently Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning Now Temporarily Eligible to Participate in Wisconsin FoodShare

Wisconsin students who are enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher learning and meet certain criteria can now participate in FoodShare and receive assistance to purchase groceries during the pandemic. The provision loosening federal restrictions on these students was included in the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and signed into...
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Dynamics of radiocesium in forests after the Fukushima disaster: Concerns and some hope

(PHY.ORG) ….Considering the massive threat posed by 137Cs to the health of both humans and ecosystems, it is essential to understand how it has distributed and how much of it still lingers. This is why the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has recently published a technical document on this specific issue. The fifth chapter...
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Why Sprite is ditching green bottles

Read the full story in Fast Company. When Sprite hired an ad agency to work on the brand in the late 1960s, it created an
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State Transportation Electrification Scorecard

Download the document. The ACEEE State Transportation Electrification Scorecard evaluates the progress that states are making to electrify transportation and thus reduce transportation-related GHG emissions.
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Transformative Investment in Climate-Smart Agriculture: Unlocking the potential of our soils to help the U.S. achieve a net-zero economy

Download the document. This report examines how innovations in finance and technology can be applied to overcome barriers to adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices to
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Research Shows People Are Driving EVs Less Than Projected

Read the full story from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. New data indicates electric vehicles may not be an easy substitute
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Finalists Selected for $10 Million Climate Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Lever for Change has announced five finalists for the 2030 Climate Challenge, a $10 million award launched last year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry,
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Researchers Develop Regional Lifecycle Assessment Tool for Electricity Use

Read the full story from U.S. EPA. EPA, in collaboration with the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the National Renewable Energy
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Hundreds of ‘predatory’ journals indexed on leading scholarly database

Read the full story in Nature. Scopus has stopped adding content from most of the flagged titles, but the analysis highlights how poor-quality science is
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Business Leadership Forum offers opportunities for stakeholder collaboration

A new forum will leverage the power of corporate reporting to drive action towards accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by facilitating dialogue and collaboration
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Shorebirds in the Illinois River Valley

Read the full story in the Outdoor Illinois Wildlife Journal. Millions of wetland-dependent birds undergo long-distance migrations from wintering grounds in Central and South America
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‘Plastics don’t ever go away’—ISTC scientist John Scott studies impact of microplastics

by Lisa Sheppard, Prairie Research Institute Plastic products permeate our environment and over time they break down. The microscopic size of particles, how long they
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Next Generation Emission Measurements Help Understand Air Pollutants in Rubbertown Industrial Area of Louisville, Kentucky

Read the full story from U.S. EPA. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) include a wide range of chemical gases emitted into the air from various products
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Coke launches 100% rPET bottles in the US

Read the full story at Beverage Daily. Trademark Coca-Cola will roll out 100% rPET bottles in a 13.2oz size across the US this summer, following
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EVs, turbines, solar panels pose circular economy dilemma: NIST workshop

Read the full post at Waste Dive. Representatives from throughout the supply chain recently reflected on how batteries and electronics can find their place as
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Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

by Philip H. Howard (Michigan State University) and Mary Hendrickson (University of Missouri-Columbia) Agribusiness executives and government policymakers often praise the U.S. food system for
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“We need ecodesign for chemicals and chemical products”, says Jutta Paulus MEP

Read the full story at EU Today. The European Environment Agency EEA has just published a briefing on safe and sustainable products. The EEA calls
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Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

Read the full story in The Guardian. A cheap and simple change to the equipment used by Namibian fishing boats is saving tens of thousands
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Electric vehicles could be ‘imperfect substitutes’ for gas-powered cars, new study suggests

Read the full story at Utility Dive. Electric vehicles are being driven about half the distance of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, according to
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How Can Green Cities Create Equitable Futures?

Read the full story at Arch Daily. Understanding what drives economic, social, and educational disparities between communities is one of urbanism’s most critical and highly-discussed
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How the EU wants to achieve a circular economy by 2050

Read the full story at EU Reporter. Find out about the EU’s circular economy action plan and what additional measures MEPs want to reduce waste
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Talking Rain talks sustainability efforts and ‘extremely big expectations’ for 2021

Read the full story at Beverage Daily. Addressing its natural gas use and fleet emissions, Talking Rain (maker of Sparkling ICE) is funding over 28,000
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PFAS destruction and disposal solutions may raise liability, long-term cost

Read the full story in Water World. Consulting firm GHD is helping waste generators and operators across the U.S. navigate the complex array of solutions
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A Growing Concern: Microplastic Pollution on Farm Fields

Read the full story from the NRDC. Scientists are showing that we are sending tons of tiny plastic particles into our soils each year, potentially
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Webinar: the Mapping Inequality Project

Thu, March 4, 2021, 11am-noon CSTRegister here. MS LIVE EVENT (Use web browser for best results) The Mapping Inequality Project created a foundational resource for unprecedented
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Webinar: Material Characterization and Economic Impacts of Recycling – 2020 Reports

Feb 25, 2021, 1-2 pm CSTRegister here. In 2018, the United States generated more than 292 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW). Measuring waste
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EPA Takes Action to Address PFAS in Drinking Water

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two actions to protect public health by addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, highlighting
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Ocean life is increasingly threatened: offshore drilling has polluted ocean waters while overfishing has stripped fish populations of their abundance, pushing stocks to the point of collapse. Oceans are...
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Jaguars in Suriname’s protected parks remain vulnerable to poaching

In mid-June 2012, a few months after she started monitoring the jaguars inside Brownsberg Nature Park in Suriname, biologist Vanessa Kadosoe saw Amalia for the first time. Through the...
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Forest patches amid agriculture are key to orangutan survival: Study

Over the past two decades, orangutan researcher Marc Ancrenaz watched as a tidal wave of oil palm has engulfed his once-forested research sites in northern Borneo. When he would...
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‘The river will bleed red’: Indigenous Filipinos face down dam projects

KALINGA, Philippines — On Nov. 12, 2020, Typhoon Vamco cut across the northern Philippines, flooding more than 60 cities and towns in the Cagayan Valley. Millions of dollars’ worth...
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The perils of relying on high-tech networks in a warmer world (commentary)

Smart cities are held up as beacons of hope in meeting the climate crisis. This is because they reduce greenhouse gas emissions by paring back energy use and urban...
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‘A disgrace’: Luxury housing plans threaten Cambodia’s Bokor National Park

The planned construction of three luxury residential estates in vital wildlife refuge and popular tourist site Bokor National Park marks the latest update in a wider tale of loss...
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Mystery bird not seen in 172 years makes surprise reappearance in Borneo forest

Three years ago, Panji Gusti Akbar was flipping through the pages of Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago when he came across a photo of a bird with brown wings...
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Why zebras have stripes? Candid Animal Cam visits the Serengeti

Camera traps bring you closer to the secretive natural world and are an important conservation tool to study wildlife. This week we’re meeting one of the most iconic African...
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We’re killing those tropical trees we’re counting on to absorb carbon dioxide

“If a tree lives 500 years, it carries the carbon assimilated and stocked for the last 500 years,” says Giuliano Locosselli, a researcher at the University of São Paulo...
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Human impacts leave reefs short on sharks and long on moray eels

When Demian Chapman and his colleague first started setting up underwater cameras on reefs in 2015, the aim was to capture a lot of shark video. But sometimes they...
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Podcast: Is the growing ecosystem restoration movement our last hope for a sustainable future?

Today we’re taking a look at the growing movement to restore degraded ecosystems around the globe. Listen here: Ecological restoration refers to a range of human activities designed to...
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The Kalunga digitally map traditional lands to save Cerrado way of life

“We, the 39 Kalunga communities, have carried out the georeferencing of our land. And now we have an important tool for managing and protecting our territory! It will help...
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Only 1 of 52 pilot whales survives mass stranding in Indonesia

Just one of the 52 short-finned pilot whales that washed up on an Indonesian shore last week survived, an official said. Volunteers and local authorities on the island of...
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Agroforestry and land reform give Brazil cacao farmers sweet taste of success

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Communities living close to hard-bottomed shallow shores are more likely to hand-catch marine animals during seasons when other types of fishing often aren’t possible, a new study shows. The...
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As Amazon forest-to-savanna tipping point looms, solutions remain elusive

When a swarm of bees attacked Acrísio dos Reis, something within him shifted. “Nature was lashing back at me,” he remembered, as he spoke by phone with Mongabay from...
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Electronic ears spy on poachers in a key Central American jaguar habitat

A gunshot explodes through the rainforest, followed by what sounds like branches falling from a tree. A dog barks. “Tito, did I hit it?” a man asks his companion...
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One of the dominant trends in conservation over the past 20 years has been growing recognition of the contributions Indigenous peoples have made toward conservationists’ goals of protecting biodiversity,...
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New platform gathers data on Brazil’s disappearing Cerrado biome

Monitoring the ongoing deforestation of the Cerrado, the vast savanna scrubland that abuts the Amazon in Brazil, has become increasingly essential in recent decades. This biome, the most biodiverse...
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