Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel

Read the full story at Phys.org. Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans. Now, a Ph.D. organic chemist and a sailboat captain report that they are developing a process to reuse certain plastics, transforming them from worthless trash into a valuable diesel fuel with a small mobile reactor. They envision the …

Strategy for Preventing the Wasting of Food

In March, Oregon DEQ finalized its much-anticipated strategic plan for the preventing of wasting of food. The plan outlines a framework to direct DEQ’s work over a five-year period to encourage reductions in the wasting of food across the supply chain to support Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.   Drawing …

ISTC Sustainability Seminar: Roles of Nitrifiers in the Removal of Micropollutants during Wastewater Treatment Processes

April 13, 2017 , noon-1pm CST In person at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign) or online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6181978119009400067 Presented by Yujie Men - Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign There are emerging concerns about organic micropollutants such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care …

Researchers track perfluorinated chemicals in the body

Read the full story from the University of Notre Dame. They are the chemicals that made consumers think twice about using nonstick cookware. New research in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters shows scientists have developed a method to track perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the body. PFAS are potentially toxic chemicals found in …

Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

Read the full story from the University of Washington. "Resilience" is a buzzword often used in scientific literature to describe how animals, plants and landscapes can persist under climate change. It's typically considered a good quality, suggesting that those with resilience can withstand or adapt as the climate continues to change. But when it comes …