Mapping your supply chains helps prioritize risks, actions

Read the full story from NIST. A mapping exercise will help you identify risks and opportunities in a way that will resonate across your organization. Just as value stream mapping provides a window into the operation inside your facility, supply chain mapping will...

The state of solar decommissioning policy: Then and now

Read the full post at DSIRE Insight. Generally, decommissioning requires the removal of systems and the restoration of land or infrastructure to its original condition or for a new use. When referring to a photovoltaic system, decommissioning usually includes removing...

Applesauce recall exposes gaps in food safety

Hundreds of American children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead through contaminated applesauce pouches last year, showcasing serious flaws in the food safety system.Christina Jewett and Will Fitzgibbon report for The New York Times in collaboration with The...

Cover crops could be the key to cleaner water in rural areas

In Minnesota, a local initiative is showing promising results in using taller cover crops to combat water pollution from agriculture, potentially offering a new model for sustainable farming.Brian DeVore reports for Civil Eats.In short:A Minnesota program incentivizes...

Maine’s bipartisan push against toxic water contaminants

Maine senators have teamed up across party lines to tackle the pressing issue of PFAS contamination in the state’s drinking water, aiming to amend existing laws for broader testing and support.AnnMarie Hilton reports for Maine Morning Star.In short:The...

Pollution leaves British and Irish rivers in dire straits

Not a single river in England or Northern Ireland meets the mark for good health, spotlighting the grim reality of water pollution’s toll.Sandra Laville reports for The Guardian.In short:More than half of England’s rivers fail chemical and ecological tests...

Rethinking the environmental impact of medical devices

There are significant challenges in recycling medical devices like inhalers and EpiPens, which are crucial for many yet pose a considerable environmental burden. Despite the lifesaving nature of these items, their disposal contributes to the global plastic crisis,...

EU’s recycled content rules stir controversy

The European Commission is proposing more lenient standards for what counts as recycled material in products, a decision that aligns with the chemical industry’s interests.Leonie Cater reports for POLITICO.In short:The European Commission suggests relaxing the...

Electric vehicles and the debate over air quality

In a deep dive into the environmental impact of electric vehicles, Jasper Jolly for the Guardian explores the complex issue of whether the shift to electric could worsen air pollution due to particulate emissions from brakes and tires. Jasper Jolly reports for The...

The race for eco-friendly ammonia production heats up

In a bid to tackle the climate crisis, companies are innovating to create green ammonia, aiming to revolutionize agriculture and fuel industries.Chris Baraniuk reports for the BBC.In short:Green ammonia production seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of traditional...

A Pennsylvania college’s leap towards a sustainable future

Swarthmore College is transitioning from fossil fuels to a renewable-powered geoexchange system for campus heating and cooling.Kiley Bense reports for Inside Climate News.In short:Swarthmore College aims for carbon neutrality by 2035, replacing its century-old natural...

Antarctica’s ice melt poses a rising threat

A recent study highlights the accelerated melting of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier, signaling a dire need for action against sea level rise.Bob Berwyn reports for Inside Climate News.In short:Researchers have found that the Thwaites Glacier has been melting...

“EPA Offers Another $1B For Superfund Cleanups”

“EPA announced an additional $1 billion will go toward cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated areas under its Superfund program.” “The funding will help scrub 25 waste sites and speed cleanups at another 85 existing tracts.”...

Are you putting PFAS on your armpits?

Six deodorants recently tested have detectable levels of organic fluorine, an indicator of the group of chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation. Partnering with EHN.org, the environmental wellness blog and community had 15 deodorants from 14...

We’re losing species faster than we can find them, study shows

“We did it!” Doka Nason shouted as he stared at the screen of a camera trap in Papua New Guinea. He and his team had just captured a long-sought image: that of the black-naped pheasant-pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis insularis). Believed to be extinct, this rare...

Podcast: Risks and Benefits of Legal Marijuana

The FDA has proposed changing the classification of marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule III drug. What impacts could this regulatory status change have on public health and drug regulation around the US? Let’s take a look.

TV Viewing: Is it Linked to Frequent Bathroom Trips?

Ever wondered if your TV marathon could be linked to those annoying trips to the bathroom? A recent study dives into the association between TV watching and nocturia – the habit of waking up at night to urinate. Is it worth sacrificing an extra hour of TV for a good...

Arsenic is Everywhere!

Arsenic has a well-deserved reputation as a poison; in ancient times, it was known as the “Poison of Kings and the King of Poisons.” But arsenic, an element found naturally in soil, air, and drinking water, also has beneficial uses. How should we think about arsenic...

NREL Weatherization Image Gallery

NREL’s weatherization image gallery features a growing collection of free, downloadable, high-quality images showing energy retrofit measure installations, mechanical equipment, and materials that align with DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program’s standard work...

D.C. student activists are pushing for greener schools

Read the full story from the Washington Post. More than two months ago, a dozen D.C. students asked the school board to support a plan for greener, more climate-friendly schools. They vowed to keep showing up — and grow their numbers — until the elected officials...

Biomass can fight climate change, but only if you do it right

Read the full story from the World Resources Institute. Biomass is fast becoming a topic of interest for governments looking for solutions to the climate crisis and cleaner energy sources. Of its multiple potential uses, carbon dioxide removal (CDR) may be one of the...

UN nations gather in Kenya to address global environmental challenges

Members were urged to work toward making “a tangible difference to people’s lives.”Carlos Mureithi reports for the Associated Press.In short:The UN Environment Assembly convenes in Nairobi for its sixth session, focusing on climate change, pollution, and biodiversity...

“Conservatives Gear Up For EPA Revamp In 2025”

“Dramatic shifts to EPA’s priorities and structure are central to plans for a GOP-led White House drawn up by Trump-era officials and right-leaning influencers.” Climate ChangeEnergy & FuelEnvironmental HealthEnvironmental PoliticsLaws &...

Nanotechnology in agriculture: A double-edged sword

Nanotechnology’s foray into agriculture with nano-enabled pesticides promises enhanced crop protection with minimal environmental impact, but raises significant environmental and health concerns. Martina G. Vijver and Tom Nederstigt write for The Conversation.In...

Air quality in the US set to worsen, affecting millions by 2054

A new report predicts a 50% increase in Americans exposed to unhealthy air by 2054, intensifying public health concerns.Ava Sasani reports for The Guardian.In short:The First Street Foundation report reveals that one in four Americans currently face unhealthy air...

American group supports local community in cell tower dispute

In a recent development, an American environmental group has joined a St. James village in Barbados to oppose the installation of a new cell tower, citing health concerns.Emmanuel Joseph reports for Barbados Today.In short:The Environmental Health Trust, a U.S.-based...

North Sea’s decaying pipelines: a looming environmental threat

Scientists warn of potential environmental disaster in the North Sea due to decaying oil and gas pipelines releasing toxic substances.Rachel Salvidge and Leana Hosea report for The Guardian.In short:Decaying pipelines in the North Sea may release mercury and...

Texas regulators greenlight hazardous waste site near youth camp

Texas authorities have sanctioned a hazardous waste facility adjacent to a Baptist youth camp, raising environmental and health concerns.Martha Pskowski reports for Inside Climate News.In short:Texas regulators approved a facility for storing and recycling oilfield...

Climate change threatens to unearth US nuclear waste abroad

Rising sea levels and melting ice sheets may expose nuclear waste from U.S. projects in Greenland and the Marshall Islands, posing environmental and health risks.Anita Hofschneider reports for Grist.In short:A Government Accountability Office report highlights the...

Climate change alters life at Amazon’s edge

In Brazil’s Bailique Archipelago, rising ocean levels and river changes disrupt local life. Rodrigo Pedroso and Rudja Santos report for Mongabay.In short:Climate change and human activities are causing longer periods of salty water in Bailique, affecting the...

Antarctic ice shrinks to historic lows for third consecutive year

Antarctica’s sea ice coverage has plummeted to unprecedented levels, marking a concerning trend in climate change.Graham Readfearn reports for the Guardian.In short:For the third consecutive year, Antarctic sea ice has fallen below 2 million square kilometers, a...

Smallest wildcat of the Atlantic Forest faces enormous threats

In October 2022, Paraguay hosted the ODESUR South American Games for the first time. The event proved a great success, and from the outset, people flocked to the games, largely thanks to the animal that was chosen to be the competition’s unusual mascot — the southern...

Harsh dry season sours harvest prospects for Java coffee farmers

JEMBER, Indonesia — In good weather, Saturi’s coffee field here on a hillside on the east of Indonesia’s Java Island will produce around 2.5 metric tons of coffee beans over the course of a season. This year, he expects to get less than a ton. “The weather has meant...

Tinnitus: The Symphony in Your Head That No One Hears

Tinnitus, the rockstar of auditory annoyances, is that buzzing, ringing, or tone only you can hear, a party trick your brain plays when no one’s watching. Science offers a new-age solution: jamming to tones while tickling your tongue. And guess what? It is now...

The Ethics of Pre-Natal Genetic Prophecies

The sci-fi world of Gattaca promised parents the option of selecting genetically bespoke children.  Now you can buy a menu of tests prophesing your kids’ health risks – even before the embryo is implanted. Soon, we can expect tests for brains, brawn, and beauty. How...

Skywalker gibbons confirmed in Myanmar for the first time

The morning song of gibbons, with its accelerating, bubbling crescendo, is arguably one of the most enthralling sounds of the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. For many, it’s a sound that signifies the vitality of the forest ecosystem — if there are gibbons, there...

EU lawmakers agree to establish carbon removal certification system

Read the full story at ESG Today. Lawmakers in the European Parliament and Council announced today that they have reached a provisional agreement on a new regulation establishing a certification framework for the quantification, monitoring and verification of carbon...

This Oregon winery turned its smoke-tainted wine Into whiskey

Read the full story at the Robb Report. When wildfires swept through the Pacific Northwest in 2020, winemakers were left reeling as their grape harvests tainted by soot and acrid smoke. So in a oenophile’s version of turning lemons into lemonade, Oregon’s Patricia...

Residential Energy Auditor Resource Repository

NREL developed this resource repository to help residential energy auditors quickly find information for accurate data collection and analysis of residential buildings. Residential energy auditors conduct detailed home assessments and develop comprehensive work scopes...

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