Green Chemistry in 2017: The State of the States

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

We discuss current and potential state green chemistry regimes that have developed since our last article on this topic, discuss some chemical-specific laws, and assess what might be on the horizon now that TSCA reform has been enacted. There are many nuances in these laws, with certain exceptions and exemptions not as extensive as they initially seem. Adding to this complexity is the fact that guidance documents do not always align with the statutory language. We provide a high-level summary of the laws mentioned below, so it is still important to carefully review the detailed requirements of these laws if you are subject to them.

New and old users of Tipping Point Planner collaborate at Purdue workshop

Read the full story from the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program.

Researchers, federal and state government and non-government officials, students, and representatives from Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan Sea Grants gathered at Purdue University recently to take part in the two-day Tipping Point Planner collaboration workshop.

The web tool uses the latest watershed research and cutting-edge technology to show planners how close their watershed is to known environmental tipping points and what the watershed will look like if land use decisions continue “business as usual.”

This Small Japanese Town is Modeling Zero Waste for the World

Read the full story at Shareable.

What would a Zero Waste world look like and how do we get there?

One small Japanese town is showing the world that Zero Waste begins with a community-wide commitment to reduce waste.

Kamikatsu, a town of 1,700, wants to become the country’s first Zero Waste community by 2020. At this point, it’s well on its way, recycling 80 percent of its waste, with the remaining 20 percent going to a landfill.

The town has no garbage trucks, so residents bring their recyclables and waste to a facility where they separate them into 34 different categories including paper, plastics, bottles, caps and much more. When possible, items are repurposed, upcycled or shared. There’s even a factory where goods, such as old clothing, are made into new teddy bears, bags and new clothing.

Newly beefed up in antibiotics, Pfizer launches user-friendly access to global resistance database

Read the full story at FiercePharma.

Antibiotic resistance tracking just got a whole lot easier. Pfizer has launched a new system, dubbed ATLAS, with a new user-friendly website and a mobile app for quick-and-easy use by doctors and other healthcare providers in the throes of patient care.

Small companies save big with tech advice

Read the full post at the ISTC Blog.

A model program to provide technical assistance services to underserved rural areas of Illinois has generated $24 million in savings of energy, water, and waste over its first eight years.

Under Fire, Climate Scientists Unite With Lawyers to Fight Back

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Lawyers and scientists do not always get along, but some are now finding common cause in an effort to defend the integrity of science — especially climate science — in government and academia.

What the US Will Look Like When Your Poor Kids Get Old

Read the full story in Gizmodo.

When climate change is in the news, it’s usually because of a scary new temperature record or a mass coral die-off, or because an enormous chunk of Greenland disappeared and nobody noticed. But at the end of the day, the thing that most of us really care about is how we’ll be affected. Now, NOAA is making it easier than ever to find out, with a new Climate Explorer app that shows just how screwed (or spared) your little sliver of the country will be.