How the UN’s latest initiative could end the water crisis in 15 years

Read the full story from Reuters. “Among the many things I learned as a President,” Nelson Mandela once said, “was the centrality of water in the social, political and economic affairs of the country, the continent and the world.” It is right therefore that water is at the heart of the new Sustainable Development Goals …

Mimicking Butterfly Wings Can Improve Efficiency of Solar Energy Systems

Via Yale's e360 Digest. Solar-concentrating photovoltaic systems can produce nearly 50 percent more power by mimicking the V-shaped wing formation certain butterflies exhibit before take-off, say researchers at the University of Exeter. The cabbage white butterfly warms its muscles before flight by placing its wings in the shape of a "V" to maximize the concentration …

Job announcements: Two EPA internships available

GIS Analyses of Wetlands and Streams--Research Participation Program (Post-MS internship) A postgraduate participant project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Region 4 office in Atlanta, GA. The research participant will serve in the Ocean, Wetlands and Streams Protection Branch (OWSPB) of the Water Protection Division. The OWSPB manages and conducts key wetlands, …

Four things to know about global warming

Read the full story at CNN. On Monday the Obama administration will make its first public pitch for an elaborate long-range plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the country's coal-burning power plants. The Clean Power Plan is the final version of regulations outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency. The President called the initiative "the …

Webinar: Life Cycle Assessment as a Green Chemistry Tool

Tue, Sep 1, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5271469229705640194 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), is a complex tool that is becoming increasingly common in regulations, standards, and within sustainability programs. Although LCA is a robust and credible way to assess environmental impact, care must be taken when conducting an LCA to ensure …

‘Human Resources,’ Season 2 (or How TerraCycle Hopes to Pave the Way for ‘Green’ on Reality TV)

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands. “Human Resources” brings viewers behind the scenes and into the fast-moving environment of the TerraCycle office, following our efforts to develop new recycling models, create new products out of waste, and roll out new programs across the country. We realized that a precious balance would have to be …