Day: January 30, 2017

EPA Nominee May Revoke Some of California’s Power to Fight Climate Change

Read the full story in Governing.

Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency cast doubt on whether California should continue to have power to impose its own emission rules for cars and trucks, an authority the state has enjoyed for decades that is also the cornerstone of its efforts to fight global warming.

Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment now accepting entries

SEJ’s awards honor the best environmental journalism in seven categories, bringing recognition to the most important stories on the planet. TV, radio, print and online journalism about environment or related issues are eligible. $500 offered for first-place winners in all categories.
Deadline to enter: April 1, 11:59PM your local time
Cost to enter: $40 Members or $100.Members must be logged in to access the member rate.
  • Eligible entries: Journalism publisher or aired March 1, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Rachel Carson Environment Book category: Books published in 2016.
For details, rules, FAQs and entry forms, visit http://bit.ly/SEJAwards2017

Further with Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions

Further With Food is a website to find and share information and tools dedicated to reducing food loss and waste in the United States. This site provides a broad spectrum of users — from experts to novices — with high-quality information and proven solutions to reduce food loss and waste as well as a platform to share research, experiences, innovative approaches, and tools.

Hackers downloaded US government climate data and stored it on European servers as Trump was being inaugurated

Read the full story at Quartz.

As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data.

Consumer Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Website Completed

Read the full story from the American Cleaning Institute.

Safety data on hundreds of chemicals in the U.S. consumer cleaning product supply chain have been collected and are now available through the website for the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative (CPISI).

New Maps Show How Our Consumption Affects Wildlife Thousands of Miles Away

Read the full story from Pacific Standard.

Global trade has made it easier to buy things. But our consumption habits often fuel threats to biodiversity — such as deforestation, overhunting, and overfishing — thousands of miles away.

Now, scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere. Such maps could be useful for finding the most efficient ways to protect critical areas important for biodiversity, the researchers suggest in a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Climate changes may lead to more poisonous mercury in plankton

Read the full story from Umeå University.

Global warming is expected to increase runoff and input of organic matter to aquatic ecosystems in large regions of the Northern hemisphere including the Baltic Sea. Research performed in Sweden is now indicating a sevenfold increase in poisonous methylmercury in zooplankton as a consequence. This increase is due to an altered structure of the aquatic food web. The study has been published in the journal Science Advances.

New Partnership Working to Reduce U.S.Food Waste by 50 Percent

Today, World Resources Institute and 11 partners announced the launch of Further With Food: Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions an online hub to exchange information and solutions that can help realize the United States’ goal of cutting food waste 50 percent by 2030. In addition to stimulating widespread adoption of proven solutions, Further With Food will help coordinate efforts between businesses, government agencies, investors, non-profits, academics and individuals, and reduce duplication of efforts.

“Many companies, city governments and consumers are waking up to the fact that food loss and waste is a major challenge with dire social, economic and environmental impacts,” said Liz Goodwin, Senior Fellow and Director, Food Loss and Waste, World Resources Institute. “The question for many is, what does it mean for me and my organization and what can I do about it? Now there’s an important new resource to find the information and make the connections that will help the United States successfully halve food loss and waste.”

The U.S. spends more than $162 billion growing, processing and transporting food that is never eaten, costing the average family of four $1,500 every year. In the process, fresh water, energy, land, labor and money are invested into food that’s never sold and meals that are never served, and leading to greenhouse gas emissions as food rots in landfills. With the announcement of Further With Food, the 12 members of this public-private partnership are seeking to uncover and share proven solutions, as well as to ensure efforts are streamlined and effective.

“Curbing the enormous amount of food loss and waste in this county would help put food on the table for people in need, conserve resources, and help both individuals and companies save money,” said Laura Abshire, Director of Sustainability for the National Restaurants Association. “The good news is that partners across the country are joining the effort to reduce food loss and waste. As these efforts expand, there is a need for a common place for these diverse groups to share and learn from one another.”

Further With Food will feature content on best practices for preventing loss and waste, and recovering and recycling food; educational materials; research results; and information on existing government, business and community initiatives.

The participants in the Further With Food collaboration include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Feeding America, Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, National Consumers League, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Restaurant Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund. Major funding was provided by the Rockefeller Foundation. Keystone Policy Center provided technical assistance to the coalition.

For more information, visit https://furtherwithfood.org/.

Trump’s Wall Could Cause Serious Environmental Damage

Read the full story in Scientific American.

The effects of building a massive concrete wall range from increased emissions to blocked wildlife migration routes.

The Denver Green Roof Initiative would require gardens in the sky

Read the full story at Denverite.

A small group of environmentally minded Denver residents want to place an initiative on the November ballot to require buildings above a certain size to turn a portion of their rooftops into gardens.

It’s modeled after a similar requirement in Toronto that’s been in place since 2010 and has been expanded to include more building types.

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