Corn with a cover of grass

Read the full story from the American Society of Agronomy. The phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And …

Common Pesticide Damages Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly

Read the full story from the University of California San Diego. Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to fly, raising concerns about how pesticides affect their capacity to pollinate and the long-term …

Here are some of the national monuments being reviewed under Trump’s order

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times. President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday calling for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments created by Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama. These monuments were set aside as public land under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents the power to limit …

Business and Innovation in Food Waste

Read the full story at Triple Pundit. Food that is thrown away winds up in landfills where it gives off methane, a greenhouse gas with a warming potential 23 times that of carbon dioxide. Food waste is a huge problem in the U.S. where 63 million tons of food are tossed every year at a cost of …

College Dorms May Contain High Levels of Toxins

Read the full story in R&D Magazine. Parents have enough to worry about when sending their 18-year-old freshman off to college, but a new study shows some dormitories may contain high levels of toxic flame retardants. The Silent Spring study, which looked at two U.S. college campuses in the northeast, showed that dust samples taken …

EPA’s Office of Water Seeking Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Received via e-mail. Please let the Office of Water know what you think about rolling back regulations that protect our water. Consistent with Executive Order 13777, EPA is seeking public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome. As a part of this effort, we will be …

Air Force snubs Michigan law on tainted well fixes

Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press. Oscoda area residents whose wells are affected by groundwater contamination from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base have been urged by state and local public health officials to seek an alternative water supply. And a new Michigan law that took effect in January would make the U.S. …