Concerns grow about hormone disrupters in Wisconsin water

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. Wisconsin has not systematically looked for endocrine disruptors statewide. Research and regulation of them is poorly funded and loosely coordinated, according to a Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism review of records and interviews with government officials and environmental experts.

Special biochar issue of the open access journal Agronomy

Agronomy, an open access international and cross-disciplinary scholarly journal on agronomy and agroecology, has published a special issue entitled Biochar as Option for Sustainable Resource Management. Five articles have been published to date. They are: Biochar Effect on Maize Yield and Soil Characteristics in Five Conservation Farming Sites in Zambia A Review of Biochar and …

Submit an Abstract to Biochar Symposium at SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting (Due May 28)

SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, 17-20 November 2013 Environmental or Analytical Chemistry Track “Environmental implications of biochar” symposium Submit an abstract for the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting, 17-20 November 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee, for the Environmental or Analytical Chemistry symposium:  Environmental implications of biochar. Abstracts are due by May 28, …

Biochar reduces nasty nitrous oxide emissions on farms

Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle. In the quest to decrease the world’s greenhouse gases, Cornell scientists have discovered that biochar – a charcoal-like substance – reduces the nemesis nitrous oxide from agricultural soil on average by about 55 percent and stanches emissions into the atmosphere. The research is reported in the new …

What will it take to change packaging recycling in the U.S.?

Read the full story in GreenBiz. The recycling rate in the U.S. has been stuck in a rut, slowly inching up year by year, a signal that any major increases will need to be spurred by major actions. Those on all sides of the issue may agree that changes need to be made to recycling …

U.S. Energy Information Administration suspends Annual Energy Review, but will provide more annual data through the Monthly Energy Review

Due to budget considerations, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) will not publish the Annual Energy Review (AER) or its companion publication, Energy Perspectives, in 2013 (for data year 2012). To meet the needs of its customers, EIA will expand the Monthly Energy Review (MER) to incorporate annual data as far back as 1949 for …

U.N. chemicals summit expected to adopt new controls

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. At the start of a major conference to regulate chemical and hazardous waste safety, top officials voiced optimism Saturday that delegates will approve new international controls on several industrial compounds and agree to clamp down on some cross-border pollution. The three key international treaties that govern chemicals and …