Exploring the Social and Environmental Challenges as Brazil Prepares for Two Sports Spectacles

Read the full story at DotEarth. For the fourth year in a row, a team of graduate and undergraduate communication students at Pace University has created a compelling short documentary focused on efforts to mesh human progress with the environment. (I admit a bias here, given that I co-teach the documentary course that produces these …

What NASCAR Nation thinks about ‘green’

Read the full post at GreenBiz. There’s a reasonable chance that your response to the headline above is to say, “Hmmmm.” Or worse. That’s a natural reaction for many, especially those with a strong environmental ethic, when it comes to putting auto racing and "green" in the same sentence. But NASCAR, the stock-car racing organization …

3 tactics that make product sustainability leaders stand out

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Companies committed to product sustainability enjoy the benefits of manufacturing cost savings, brand enhancement, employee engagement and other important financial and organizational value. A study released by Pure Strategies, "Path to Product Sustainability," discovered that companies achieving widespread benefits from their product sustainability programs share a common set of …

Fate of Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Class 1 Integrons in Soil Microcosms Following the Application of Treated Residual Municipal Wastewater Solids

Tucker R. Burch, Michael J. Sadowsky, and Timothy M. LaPara (2014). "Fate of Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Class 1 Integrons in Soil Microcosms Following the Application of Treated Residual Municipal Wastewater Solids." Environmental Science & Technology 48 (10), 5620-5627. DOI: 10.1021/es501098g. Abstract: Substantial quantities of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) are discharged with treated residual municipal …

A Network Analysis of Food Flows within the United States of America

Xiaowen Lin, Qian Dang, and Megan Konar (2014). "A Network Analysis of Food Flows within the United States of America." Environmental Science & Technology 48(10), 5439-5447. DOI: 10.1021/es500471d. Abstract: The world food system is globalized and interconnected, in which trade plays an increasingly important role in facilitating food availability. We present a novel application of …

Of PCBs, a landfill and drinking water

Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. An EPA hearing on the Mahomet Aquifer generated a lot of talk this week — and while it's not directly related to a hazardous waste landfill near Clinton, it's part of the effort that began in 2007 with a small group of concerned residents in DeWitt County. …

Climate Policy Decisions Require Policy-Based Lifecycle Analysis

Antonio M. Bento and Richard Klotz (2014). "Climate Policy Decisions Require Policy-Based Lifecycle Analysis." Environmental Science & Technology 48(10), 5379-5387. DOI: 10.1021/es405164g. Abstract: Lifecycle analysis (LCA) metrics of greenhouse gas emissions are increasingly being used to select technologies supported by climate policy. However, LCAs typically evaluate the emissions associated with a technology or product, not …