Producer Responsibility or Government Liability: Regulating E-waste

Read the full story in Waste 360.

Sometimes, seemingly practical solutions to routine issues can have devastating outcomes. Look at the decisions that led to the Flint water crisis. Starting with Michigan statutes allowing all-empowering intervention, state policies were designed to focus primarily on economic measurements. Ironically, by failing to consider other equally important related indicators, Flint experienced the collapse of the water delivery infrastructure along with long-term and indeterminable cost to trust and public health.

Something similar is afoot when it comes to e-waste. If current headlines are any indication, shortcomings common to a number of state e-waste laws have surfaced as the latest recycling crisis.

How Does Oakland Turn Food Scraps to Soil?

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In July 2015, Oakland began requiring all residences to have compost bins and contracted Texas-based Waste Management to manage the compost program.

In light of compost’s rising popularity, Bay Curious reader Maggie Glaize wanted to know, “Where does all of that compost end up?”

Asian bats show resistance to deadly white-nose syndrome

Read the full story at BBC News.

Researchers have found new clues about the deadly white-nose syndrome, a disease that has wiped out millions of bats in North America.

A study found that bats in China showed strong resistance to the fungal infection responsible for the deaths.

The fungus invades the skin of the bats and causes characteristic white markings on the face and wings.

The scientists involved in the report say some American species may evolve the ability to fight the disease.

Have American Schoolteachers Subconsciously Absorbed Climate-Denying Dogma?

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

We don’t let flat-Earthers influence our science curricula. So why should climate skeptics have a say?

Obama and Trudeau’s Methane Pledge Takes Aim at the Right Target

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today a plan to regulate the oil and gas industry more strictly in order to cut their methane emissions. The politicians promised a 40 to 45 percent reduction in industry methane emissions, compared to 2012 levels, by 2025. In the United States, that should translate to about a 12 percent drop in the amount of methane the country puts into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Should Obama and Trudeau succeed, that would make a significant difference to North America’s role in global warming. It could also help both countries meet pledges they made during an international climate change conference last year. Although it’s less common than carbon dioxide, methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas, able to warm the Earth 25 times more than an equal amount of carbon dioxide would over 100 years. The U.S. is the world’s fourth-greatest emitter of methane, while Canada is the twelfth, according to the World Bank’s latest data.

How to make cool stuff out of wooden pallets

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

So you just put new sod in your yard and it arrived on wooden pallets. Instead of tossing perfectly good wood into the landfill upcycle them into something that you can enjoy on a daily basis. Here are 10 creative ideas to get you started: