Day: March 25, 2016

Will Hotter Temperatures Mean Better Wine?

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Climate change is set to bring us higher seas, fiercer storms, and—if we’re lucky—better wine.

Rising temperatures driven by human-induced global warming appear to be advancing wine grape harvest dates, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change. The new findings bode well for wine fans given that early wine grape harvests have long been associated with higher quality wines.

How the Cleveland Browns are Tackling Food Waste

Read the full story in Waste360.

Brad Mohr, director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns, is a leader in the waste and recycling industry for sporting events. In addition to being responsible for the stadium’s front-of-house operations, Mohr is an active participant in the northeast Ohio’s green community.

Mohr kicked off his operations career in 1995 with the Cleveland Indians and has also worked in Chicago at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. He is also a current member of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium Managers Association.

He has shared his story and successes locally, nationally and internationally and will be speaking about food waste reduction and recovery from large and small venues at Waste360’s WasteExpo this June as part of the Food Recovery Forum.

Waste360 recently spoke with Mohr about his role as director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns and the team’s latest waste and recycling efforts.

New York City Fights Scavengers Over a Treasure: Trash

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The video begins with ominous notes from a piano and an image of crime scene tape. The camera pans to men hunched over garbage pails, sifting for bottles, and a stoop-shouldered woman towing a shopping cart full of cans. Some might feel sympathy for these collectors, but the video makes clear that the New York City Sanitation Department, which made the video and posted it online, wanted them to be seen as something else: common criminals.


Crowdsourcing contest to focus on reducing emissions on MIT campus

Read the full story from MIT.

The MIT Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Department of Facilities, the Environmental Solutions Initiative, and the MIT Climate CoLab, has launched a crowdsourcing contest to engage the MIT community in proposing methods to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions at least 32 percent by 2030.

Penn State Beaver biology professor leads effort to help the plight of little brown bats

Read the full story from Penn State University.

Bats are finicky about their real estate.

Their ideal abode is 15-20 feet off the ground, in direct sunlight for eight hours a day, close to water, and far from predators and artificial light.

So when Cassandra Miller-Butterworth and Stephanie Cabarcas-Petroski’s biology students and Jim Hendrickson and Sherry Kratsas’ engineering students collaborated to research, design and build bat houses for class last spring, they found only two spots on Penn State Beaver’s campus that were just right — near the softball field and near the pond — and installed traditional houses there on Earth Day.

Four other bat houses — all modern designs of the engineering students — went unhung, until now. Thanks to the efforts of Kratsas, Cranberry Township has agreed to place the remaining bat houses throughout its parks system this summer.

How Journalists Can Help Hold Scientists Accountable

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Amid the so-called replication crisis, could better investigative reporting be the answer? Maybe it’s time for journalists and scientists to work more closely together.

Starbucks will start donating 100% of its unused food to those in need

Read the full post at Mashable.

If you’ve ever wondered where all those Starbucks bagels and bistro boxes go after closing time, here’s an answer you can get behind.

Starbucks has pledged to donate 100% of its leftover food through a new program called FoodShare, the company announced in a release on Tuesday. Starbucks created the initiative in partnership with nonprofit organization Feeding America and food collection group Food Donation Connection, and it will allow the company to donate perishable, ready-to-eat meals from its 7,600 stores to food banks nationwide.

James Hansen’s Bombshell Climate Warning Is Now Part of the Scientific Canon

Read the full story in Slate.

Last summer, James Hansen—the pioneer of modern climate science—pieced together a research-based revelation: a little-known feedback cycle between the oceans and massive ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland might have already jump-started an exponential surge of sea levels. That would mean huge levels of sea level rise will happen sooner—much sooner than expected. Hansen’s best estimate was 2 to 5 meters (6–15 feet) by the end of the century: five to 10 times faster than mainstream science has heretofore predicted.

The result was so important that Hansen didn’t want to wait. So he called a press conference and distributed a draft of his findings before they could be peer-reviewed—a very nontraditional approach for a study with such far-reaching consequence. Now, after months of intense and uncharacteristically public scrutiny by the scientific community, the findings by Hansen and his 18 co-authors have passed formal peer review and were published Tuesday in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.


How America Forgot About the Lead in Its Water

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

In the mid-1980s, a raft of new research found America’s children also ingested lead from paint chips and dust, shifting the public focus from tap water to paint.

Whole Foods Jumped the Shark With Its Plastic-Encased Oranges

Read the full story at Pacific Standard.

A grocery-store gaffe sparks an ethics debate over plastic packaging and the merits of convenience foods.

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