We Could Be Doing Something Useful With the Energy Under Our Feet

Read the full story in Atlantic Cities. Every time you take a step, a tiny bit of energy goes to waste. You raise one leg and plant another. And in the space of that modest footfall, the energy created by your landing sole dissipates beneath you. "At the moment," says Oliver Schneider, the managing director …

The Best Excuse Ever for Getting Your Groceries Delivered: It’s Greener

Read the full story at Atlantic Cities. Delivery trucks are typically heavy, diesel-burning beasts that churn out clouds of exhaust – not the greatest thing for the environment. But if grocery-store owners and consumers were to use them smartly, these boxy vehicles might in fact reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, according to new research. The climate-changing qualities …

16 Rules for ‘Smarter’ Smart Growth

Read the full story in Atlantic Cities. I hesitate to write yet another article about bringing "smart growth," the combination of ideas born in the 1990s to counter suburban sprawl – into the 21st century. I’ve long argued that, at a minimum, it’s time to update the so-called "ten principle" adopted back then by the …

Harvard University Recognizes EPA Renewable Energy Program as a Top Government Innovation

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative was recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by Harvard University. The initiative, started at EPA in 2008, encourages development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated lands, landfills and mining sites. “We are honored that EPA and the RE-Powering Initiative …

Land Application of Treated Sewage Sludge: Community Health and Environmental Justice

Amy Lowman, Mary Anne McDonald, Steve Wing, Naeema Muhammad (2013). "Land Application of Treated Sewage Sludge: Community Health and Environmental Justice." Environmental Health Perspectives 121:537-542. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1205470. Abstract Background: In the United States, most of the treated sewage sludge (biosolids) is applied to farmland as a soil amendment. Critics suggest that rules regulating sewage …

Environmental Exposures in the Context of Child Care

Read the full story in Environmental Health Perspectives. Research has proven that infants and toddlers, who spend more time on the floor and experience the world with their hands and mouths, are not merely in closer contact with many indoor pollutants but also more sensitive to them.Yet environmental health standards in child care settings nationwide …

Alan Alda wants scientists to cut out the jargon

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. Among the procedures Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce performed on "M.A.S.H." was an end-to-end anastomosis. Most of the viewers, actor Alan Alda concedes, had no idea he was talking about removing a damaged piece of intestine and reconnecting the healthy pieces. Today, the award-winning film and television star is …