EPA head says he wants to ‘prioritize’ Superfund cleanups

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says he plans to prioritize the agency’s Superfund cleanups, even as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to the program responsible for restoring the nation’s most polluted sites.

Earth could break through a major climate threshold in the next 15 years, scientists warn

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Global temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above their preindustrial levels within the next 15 years, according to a new scientific study, crossing the first threshold under the Paris climate agreement and placing the world at a potentially dangerous level of climate change.

American households use a variety of lightbulbs as CFL and LED adoption increases

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As lighting technologies evolve and adapt to federal standards, lighting in U.S. homes is in a state of transition. Data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that, as of 2015, most homes in the United States used more than one type of lightbulb, primarily a mix of incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFL). Adoption of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs has been increasing, with 29% of U.S. households reporting at least one LED bulb installed.

Webinar: Teaching Systems Thinking to Fill the Climate Literacy Gap

Thu, Jun 1, 2017 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM CDT
Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2157232300557877507

What will it take to produce a workforce that understands the relationships between environmental, social, and business factors so we can better address the risks of climate change in the coming years? A number of interrelating systems comprise each factor so incorporating systems thinking into the public and private educational systems should result in graduates better prepared to understand the interrelationships and make or contribute to better climate decisions and policies.

In this 90 minute webinar join leaders from education, business and philanthropy as they discuss:

  1. The validity of the climate literacy gap and its impact on the workforce
  2. Existing and emerging ways to teach systems thinking about climate disruptions, mitigation, adaptation and risk management
  3. Concepts for developing the national/international capacity to support climate literacy
  4. The role of philanthropy in accelerating deployment
  5. How community colleges can be at the center of better preparing the workforce for climate risk decisions

Nike and H&M try reused threads on for size

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The Circular Fibres Initiative, launched Thursday at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, brings together leading businesses, NGOs, philanthropic organizations and public bodies to create a “vision for a new global textiles system” that will replace the linear, “take-make-dispose” model dominating the industry, starting with clothing companies.