Garbage ‘patch’ is much worse than believed, entrepreneur says

Read the full story at SFGate. It is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — a mass of plastic floating debris estimated to be twice the size of Texas and concentrated between California and Hawaii. But to Boyan Slat, the 21-year-old Dutch entrepreneur who is orchestrating what he envisions as the largest ocean cleanup …

Illini Gadget Garage will provide a space to repair electronics on University of Illinois campus

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. You’ve dropped your cellphone and cracked the screen. Or your computer needs a memory upgrade, the headphone jack no longer works or the hard drive has failed. You’ve had the electronics for several years, and you could just buy the latest device with the newest features. …

EPA rule impact: More emissions

Read the full story in Agri-View. A proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change ethanol-blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly 1 million more passenger vehicles on the road, according to an analysis conducted by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Pope Francis’ Climate Change Epiphany

Read the full story in Popular Science. Science and religion usually make uneasy bedfellows. That’s why Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, published in June, made headlines. The papal essay is the Vatican’s first authoritative word on climate policy, and it takes an unequivocal stance: The world needs to act. Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe, director …

Indiana school adopts Great Lakes Literacy Principles

Read the full post at Lakeside Views. “This is awesome! You guys are going to be the pedestal by which we hold everybody else up,” IISG environmental educator Kirsten Hope Walker proclaimed to a roomful of teachers last week at the Discovery Charter School in Porter, Ind. What was so “awesome” is the school’s adoption …

Central Valley sinking fast because of groundwater pumping

Read the full story at SFGate. The floor of the Central Valley is sinking at a record pace as drought-gripped farmers pump out the groundwater beneath them, new satellite data show. In some places the ground is dropping nearly 2 inches a month, according to measurements taken by the state and NASA. The sinking soil …