Distrust Your Data: Jacob Harris on Six Ways to Make Mistakes with Data

Read the full post on The Source. Critique is always annoying when it’s expressed in indefinite terms. So, I’m going to do something I don’t normally like to do and pick a recent example of a data journalism story gone wrong. This is not to scold those who reported it—indeed, I’m well aware of how …

Can jaw-dropping visuals change the climate conversation?

Read the full story at GreenBiz. In the wake of the White House's climate blitz earlier this month, including the latest National Climate Assessment release, I find myself feeling strangely optimistic that America finally might be ready to prepare our homes, cities and public spaces for the impacts of climate change — particularly the effects …

EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to Energy Star Program, Increasing Energy Efficiency of New Appliances

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be …

Citizen science: Nerds for Nature tracks ecosystem recovery after Mt. Diablo Morgan Fire

Nerds for Nature is a San Francisco-based group of technologists and environmental professionals working to collaboratively build tools to understand, protect, and revive the natural world. One of their goals is to encourage people to use their smart phones as remote sensors to record ecosystem changes. Their pilot project is to document habitat change in …

Green Works for Climate Resilience: A Community Guide to Climate Planning

Download the publication. The intent of this guide is to provide communities with an overview of the kinds of nature-based approaches that can be used to respond to and prepare for the impacts of climate change, and provide descriptions and examples of the ways in which communities are already working to implement them, ranging from …

Rational Design and Development of Safer Chemicals

Read the full post at the ACS Nexus Blog. For many years chemists have designed chemicals and materials to have defined functions.  Most scientists feel comfortable with the challenge of designing a material to have a particular color, or flexibility, conductivity, durability, and so on.  Although advancements have been made to enable enhancements in many …