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Baltimore aspires to ‘zero waste’ but recycles only a tiny fraction of its residential plastic

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. A new report ranked Baltimore last among five cities studied for recycling rates. But the problem lies with plastic itself: Most of it never gets recycled. Read more →
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The millionaire rewilding the countryside, one farm at a time

Read the full story at The Guardian. Julia Davies had one only goal in mind when she sold her share of the outdoor equipment company Osprey Europe a few years ago. The entrepreneur decided she was going to spend her millions turning back the clock – by returning swathes of the British farmland to...
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Climate change is the greatest threat to public health, top medical journals warn

Read the full story from NPR. The rapidly warming climate is the “greatest threat” to global public health, more than 200 medical journals are warning in an unprecedented joint statement that urges world leaders to cut heat-trapping emissions to avoid “catastrophic harm to health that will be impossible to reverse.” Read more →
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Komodo dragon in danger of extinction as sea levels rise

Read the full story in The Guardian. The komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, is threatened with extinction as rising water levels driven by the climate crisis shrink its habitat, according to the latest “red list” update. Read more →
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Money and range: Experts note roadblocks to EV adoption

Read the full story at Utility Dive. The smaller the truck, the smaller the battery, which is why fleets such as PepsiCo’s target medium-duty vehicles for electrification. Read more →
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Mondelez issues sizable green bond

Read the full story at Food Business News. Mondelez International Holdings Netherlands BV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mondelez International, Inc., on Sept. 3 priced its first green bond. Valued at €2 billion ($2.375 billion), it is the largest ever green bond in the packaged foods and consumer goods industry, according to Mondelez. Read more...
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Tesla says it can now recycle 92% of battery cell materials

Read the full story at Interesting Engineering. Tesla released its 2020 Impact Report this week, in which the electric vehicle (EV) automaker claims it has the capacity to recover approximately 92 percent of battery cell materials thanks to ongoing improvements to its recycling process.  The company has been working with third-party recycling firms for years to...
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2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists announced

My favorite annual photography competition has announced their 2021 finalists. Vote for your favorite (good luck choosing just one) for the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced on October 22. Read more →
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Ritter Sport targets eco traveller with new green packaging

Read the full story at Confectionery News. Ritter Sport is targeting the travel retail market with the introduction of updated packaging designs that feature across its bestselling products. Read more →
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Protecting biodiversity ‘crucial’ to fighting hunger: IFAD

Read the full story at Food Navigator. Increased investment in biodiversity is needed to eradicate hunger and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Read more →
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NICFI tropical forest basemaps now available in Google Earth Engine

Read the full story at Planet. In an effort to enable greater impact from the NICFI Satellite Data Program, Planet has teamed up with Google to make high-resolution, tropical forest Basemaps available within the Earth Engine platform. This brings the power of Google’s cloud to the entire NICFI community to run analysis at regional and global...
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Keeping Trash Out of the Great Lakes: EPA Awards over $725,000 to Address Trash in Lakes Erie and Michigan

Keeping Trash Out of the Great Lakes: EPA Awards over $725,000 to Address Trash in Lakes Erie and Michigan

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MacArthur Foundation dumping fossil fuel investments

Read the full story in Crain’s Chicago Business. The Chicago-based nonprofit joins Harvard University and the Rockefeller Foundation in shunning oil and gas investments and doubling down on a commitment to fight climate change. Read more →
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Illinois just won a big green jobs victory

Read the full story at Jacobin. In Illinois last week, a coalition of unions and environmentalists scored a major victory with a law providing for a miniature Green New Deal: billions invested in clean energy, a commitment to decarbonizing, solid labor standards, and embrace of nuclear power. Read more →
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Illinois now boasts the ‘most equitable’ climate law in America. What will that mean?

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun-Times. Besides setting targets for a switchover to clean energy, it comes with promises of equitable job creation and an emphasis on helping communities hit hardest by fossil-fuel pollution. Read more →
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The European Union wants a universal charger for cell phones and other devices

Read the full story from NPR. If you live in the European Union, your days of futzing around with a handful of chargers to find one that fits your latest gadget may be numbered. Under a proposal released Thursday by the E.U., there would be one universal charger for all cell phones and other...
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EPA finalizes rule cutting use of potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration

Read the full story at The Hill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday is finalizing a rule aimed at significantly cutting the use of a type of greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons that are used in refrigeration.  Hydrofluorocarbons, also known as HFCs, can have up to 14,800 times the climate impact of carbon dioxide.  The new...
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High-power wireless vehicle charging technology licensed by HEVO

Read the full story from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to Brooklyn-based HEVO. The system provides the world’s highest power levels in the smallest package and could one day enable electric vehicles to be charged as they...
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App eliminates food waste, supports local businesses and saves users money

Read the full story at Triple Pundit. Discounted food, supporting local business, eliminating food waste and an element of surprise – the only thing Too Good To Go, a food app committed to ending food waste, is missing is a market in my stomping grounds of Atlanta (reference “heartbroken” in the dictionary for an apt...
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In the Amazon, the world’s largest reservoir of biodiversity, two-thirds of species have lost habitat to fire and deforestation

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. A new report finds that up to 85 percent of threatened animal and plant species have had their habitat damaged by mining, agriculture or logging. Read more →
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As DOE ramps up Hydrogen Shot initiative, debate about means of production begins

Read the full story at Utility Dive. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm kicked off a summit on the Hydrogen Shot — a challenge from the Department of Energy to industry and academics to find a means of cutting the cost of hydrogen to $1 per kilogram — with a call for participants to focus on clean, zero carbon...
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Meet Maryland’s ‘boat whisperer’ who carves old kayaks into hand paddles for charity

Read the full story at DCist. John Su is sweating. On most weekdays, the special education teacher would be in his classroom with high school students. But even under the shade of his garage, Su feels the swelter of the summer day as he hacks away at a worn kayak scraped up beyond repair....
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Women face motherhood penalty in STEM careers long before they actually become mothers

by Sarah Thebaud and Catherine Taylor (University of California Santa Barbara) The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Unfounded assumptions about how motherhood affects worker productivity can harm women’s careers in science, technology, engineering and math long before they are – or even intend to become –...
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Researchers infuse bacteria with silver to improve power efficiency in fuel cells

Read the full story from the University of California – Los Angeles. A team of engineers and chemists has taken a major step forward in the development of microbial fuel cells — a technology that utilizes natural bacteria to extract electrons from organic matter in wastewater to generate electrical currents. Read more →
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‘Driving’ innovation to help eliminate plastic waste

Read the full story from the University of Missouri. University of Missouri engineers are working with Dow and the Missouri Department of Transportation to test the use of plastic waste in road pavement mixtures. Read more →
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Illinois researchers’ onboard CO2 capture tank could decarbonize long-range vehicles

Read the full story at Centered. Public discussions about transportation electrification often center on cars, trucks, and buses. Little attention tends to go toward electrifying cargo and tanker ships, which account for about 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Northwestern University researchers developed a patent-pending onboard carbon capture technology they say works for long-range vehicles like...
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New renewable energy source discovered in bacteria

Read the full story from Cornell University. Cornell bioengineer Buz Barstow, Ph.D. ’09, is trying to solve a big problem: How to build a low-cost, environmentally friendly and large-scale system for storing and retrieving energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar. Currently, there are no sustainable methods for storing green energy, as...
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Twelve and LanzaTech partner to produce the world’s first polypropylene from CO2

Read the company news release. Carbon transformation company Twelve and biotechnology company LanzaTech have partnered to transform CO2 emissions into polypropylene, a key polymer used for medical devices including syringes and IV bags, as well as for large-scale applications in automotive, furniture, textiles and other everyday products. Twelve’s carbon transformation technology converts CO2 into materials that are traditionally made from...
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The geothermal option — an opportunity not to be missed

Read the full story at The Hill. Many U.S. presidents, congressional and state leaders — and an increasing number of businesses, large and small — are emphasizing that our energy system must reduce carbon emissions and use more sustainable resources. They also support fixing our infrastructure. Repairing bridges and roads and deploying renewable domestic...
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10 Years of Innovative Stormwater Solutions: The Campus RainWorks Challenge Brings the Next Generation of Environmentalists to the Table

Read the full story from U.S. EPA. In 2012, EPA’s Office of Water began the Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design competition open to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in the United States and its territories. The challenge requires multidisciplinary student teams specializing in engineering, landscape architecture, life sciences, and...
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Open access to data is critical in a democracy

Read the full story from the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Corporations are under no obligation to make their archives accessible, unless legislation compels them. Read more →
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Royal Society of Chemistry launches open access journal Energy Advances

Read the full story from the RSC. Our new Gold Open Access journal Energy Advances focuses on energy science, and in particular the interdisciplinarity required for exciting breakthroughs in the field. Energy Advances welcomes research from any related discipline including materials science, engineering, technology, biosciences and chemistry. Our aim is for it to embrace exciting energy science...
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Preprint ban in grant applications deemed ‘plain ludicrous’

Read the full story from Nature. The Australian Research Council’s decision to reject early-career funding applications that mention preprints is hopelessly outdated, say scientists. Read more →
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Family Martial Arts Center Kicks OutHarmful Disinfecting ChemicalsWhile Defending Against COVID-19

Download the document. In preparation for reopening their karate studio after being closed for four months in thebeginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners of Family Martial Arts Center (FMAC) ofLeominster, Massachusetts, needed to identify a reliable source of cleaning and disinfectingproducts. They knew they needed to increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfectingrequired...
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Champion unveils sustainable line with The Renewal Workshop

Read the full story at Fashion United. Athleticwear brand Champion has unveiled a new sustainable line with The Renewal Workshop, which turns discarded clothing and textiles into renewed apparel. Read more →
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Removing urban highways can improve neighborhoods blighted by decades of racist policies

by Joan Fitzgerald (Northeastern University) and Julian Agyeman (Tufts University) The US$1.2 trillion infrastructure bill now moving through Congress will bring money to cities for much-needed investments in roads, bridges, public transit networks, water infrastructure, electric power grids, broadband networks and traffic safety. We believe that more of this money should also fund the...
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P.E.I. farmers test out ways to reduce greenhouse gases and store carbon

Read the full story from the CBC. Mark and Sally Bernard of Barnyard Organics in Freetown, P.E.I., are part of the new P.E.I. Agriculture Climate Solutions Program, funded by the provincial and federal governments. Read more →
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Consumer & beauty brands collaborate on environmental impact scoring system for cosmetics

Read the full story at ESG Today. Beauty and consumer products companies Unilever, Henkel, L’Oréal, LVMH and Natura &Co announced today a new collaboration to develop an environmental impact assessment and scoring system for cosmetic products. Aimed at meeting growing consumer demand for transparency into the impact of products, the new system will provide...
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Why you should kill this colorful bug on sight, officials say

Read the full story from 5Chicago. The spotted lanternfly might look beautiful, but if you see one in person, officials want you to kill it immediately and then report it. What misfortune has befallen this one-inch insect with two sets of spotted, banded wings? Turns out the spotted lanternfly is a federally regulated invasive...
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With help from citizens, Montreal researchers are tracking the trees in people’s backyards

Read the full story from the CBC. Environmental scientists have a lot of ground to cover, so they’re calling on a small army of citizens to help. Read more →
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We’re breathing PFAS: URI-led study finds harmful forever chemicals in indoor air

Read the full story from the University of Rhode Island. The air we breathe in our homes, schools, and workplaces can be polluted with harmful PFAS chemicals, according to a study published today in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. A new measurement technique developed by the research team, led by URI Graduate School of Oceanography scientists, detected...
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UN launches online tool to help humanitarians assess environmental risks in urban areas

Read the full story from the United Nations Environment Programme. The United Nations today launches an online tool to help humanitarian practitioners rapidly identify and mitigate environmental risks when responding to crises in urban areas. The free, cloud-based Urban-Nexus Environmental Assessment Tool (U-NEAT+) offers an easy way to assess a range of potential environmental threats and...
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Using satellite data for journalism — what I learned from the experts

Read the full story at Satellite Journalism.com. For reporters, satellite data offers unique opportunities for original investigations and visual storytelling. But how do you get started? And what should you be looking out for? I spoke to four journalists who regularly work with satellite data about how to start, best practices and — most...
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The push for open access is making science less inclusive

Read the full story at Times Higher Education. Researchers in developing countries could be frozen out by high article charges unless wider publishing reform is undertaken, say four Brazilian researchers. Read more →
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NIEHS helps NIH take top honors in International Freezer Challenge

Read the full story at Environmental Factor. NIEHS efforts to store research samples more sustainably helped the National Institutes of Health (NIH) win the Top Government Organization Award in the 2021 International Freezer Challenge for the second year in a row. The Freezer Challenge is a cold storage competition for laboratories, and it is run by My...
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Lack of non-English languages in STEM publications hurts diversity

Read the full story from Northwestern University. With today’s existing translation tools to overcome language barriers, global collaboration should be no major feat for researchers. Yet throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, articles published in Chinese journals focusing on critical aspects of the disease were often never cited by English journals. As a result, U.S. academics...
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Hi-tech wooden flooring can turn footsteps into electricity

Read the full story in The Guardian. Swiss scientists develop prototype ‘nanogenerator’ that produces renewable energy when trodden on. Read more →
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River Wye pollution: Campaigners call on poultry firms to act

River Wye pollution: Campaigners call on poultry firms to act

Activists have called on two major poultry suppliers to take action to protect the River Wye from pollution. The river, which flows through Wales, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, has excessive algae growth often caused by high phosphate levels in the water.
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Air Quality Life Index: 2021 Annual Update

Download the document. New data from the AQLI underscores the health threat of a world without policy action. Unless global particulate air pollution is reduced to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guideline, the average person is set to lose 2.2 years off their lives. Residents of the most polluted areas of the world...
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In Colombia, legal mining proves a win-win for environment, traditional communities

BOGOTÁ — In Colombia’s Chocó department, renowned by environmentalists for its abundant biodiversity, Afro-Colombian communities collect gold from rivers as part of an ancestral way of life. “When we...
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Bezos, Bloomberg among donors committing $5b to expand protected areas

A group of philanthropic organizations has come together to pledge $5 billion for the creation and expansion of protected areas across the planet, one of the largest private investments...
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BOGOR, Indonesia — The population of the nearly extinct bowmouth guitarfish in Indonesia is being depleted by overfishing, according to a recent study that calls for a reduction in...
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September 24 marks World Gorilla Day, set aside to celebrate these threatened giants of the forest as well as to renew calls for action to protect them. All gorilla...
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When the first bongo was reported dead by the Sangha River in the Republic of Congo in 1997, it was believed to have drowned. Several more turned up in the...
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Primatologist and conservation icon Jane Goodall has formally joined a global effort to counter climate change and the extinction crisis by planting a trillion trees within a decade. On...
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