Think Tank: Mitigating the Harmful Side of Unsustainable Consumer Practices

Read the full story in Women's Wear Daily. For decades, it was an established routine: Fashion designers dreamed up their creations, models walked them down the runway and about six months later, a version showed up at your local mall. That’s not good enough anymore. Fast-fashion outlets like Zara and Forever 21 have sped up that …

Developing An Integrated Microalgal Biorefinery For Fuel Production

Read the full post at Science Trends. Concerns about climate change, primarily driven by the use of fossil fuels, have driven exploration of renewable and sustainable sources of energy. Biofuels obtained from biomass-based resources are potential options to replace gasoline and diesel as transportation fuels. Microalgae are promising biomass sources on account of their high …

Developing Storm: A Seven Part series by the Houston Chronicle on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

This seven-part Houston Chronicle series explains why the storm's damage was both a natural and man-made disaster. There are three parts currently available: Nature ruled, man reacted. Hurricane Harvey was Houston’s reckoning Build, flood, rebuild: flood insurance’s expensive cycle What’s in Houston's worst flood zones? Development worth $13.5 billion

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine

Read the full story from NPR. This has been tough year for America's west coast vineyards. Wildfires in October in Northern California and this month in Southern California have left acres of wine country scorched and black. While California's 2017 grapes have been safely harvested already, winemakers around the world are wary about a threat that …

Will China’s crackdown on ‘foreign garbage’ force wealthy countries to recycle more of their own waste?

Read the full story at The Conversation. With holidays approaching, many of us are mindful of the need to collect and recycle all the additional plastic, paper and other waste that we are about to generate. This year, however, there are questions about where that waste will end up. China, the world’s largest importer of …

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Read the full story from NPR. In Westfield, N.Y., perch, bass, catfish and trout are growing fat on the byproducts of an adjacent brewery and distillery. The fish, still young but intended to be harvested and eaten next year, are the first fruits of an innovative project aimed at turning waste into food while addressing …