Why the scariest nuclear threat may be coming from within the White House

Read the full story in Vanity Fair. Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The department’s budget is now on the chopping block. But does anyone in the White House really understand …

Study confirms how lead got into Flint’s water

Read the full story from PBS. Flint’s pipes were only part of the problem in the city’s water crisis. The absence of a water treatment — called orthophosphate — was a major contributor to lead contamination of Flint, Michigan’s water supply, scientists confirmed recently in Environmental Science and Technology Letters. Omitting orthophosphate, which controls metal …

How many billions do US businesses and individuals invest in energy efficiency each year?

Read the full story from ACEEE. Energy efficiency investments occur in virtually every sector of the economy. When combined, their total number is substantial — estimates range from about $60 to $115 billion a year in the United States. In this post, we look at some recent estimates of energy efficiency spending, updating and expanding …

Webinar: The ABC’s of K-12 Food Waste Reduction: Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits

Thu, Aug 24, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5241897873918733828 We can reduce food loss and waste throughout the food system, and significant reductions can happen at institutions, such as schools. Students and schools can find opportunities and participate in actions that reduce waste and ensure nutritious food ends up feeding people, not …

We only have a 5 percent chance of avoiding ‘dangerous’ global warming, a study finds

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Last week, a group of climate researchers published research suggesting the climate has been warming for longer than we thought due to human influences — in essence, pushing the so-called “preindustrial” baseline for the planet’s warming backwards in time. The logic is clear: If the Earth has already warmed …