Old landfill to recycle materials, serve as pollinator habitat

Read the full story at Niagara This Week. Those old shingles workers are tearing off your roof and old wooden pallets left over from shipping materials could soon find a new use, thanks to the big brains at Walker Environmental. The company already takes all the kitchen scraps and yard waste that Niagara residents put …

This Northwestern Alum’s ‘Greenhouse-in-a-Box’ Protects Farmers From Climate Change

Read the full story from ChicagoInno. Climate change is already impacting the way we grow crops, both directly, through extreme weather events and irregularities in long-standing climate patterns, and indirectly, through increased incidence of pests and pathogens, according to a 2014 National Climate Assessment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One tested solution that protects farmers from extreme weather: …

Reversing course, Trump administration will not delay an Obama ozone rule

Read the full story in the Washington Post. One day after 16 states sued, the Trump administration reversed its effort to delay Obama administration regulations to curb air pollution that forms smog. With no mention of the challenges from states such as California, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who previously …

Recycling dirty aluminum foil might not be practical — but it could be used to make biofuel

Read the full story from Waste Dive. Dirty aluminum foil can be converted into a catalyst for biofuel production, according to a researcher at Queen's University Belfast. Recycling aluminum from all feedstock is critical, according to the paper, (published in Scientific Reports), because bauxite mining, the main source of aluminum, is environmentally damaging. The researchers were able to dissolve …

What You Need to Know About the Hidden Health Cost of Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Read the full story in Triple Pundit. Fossil fuel companies receive billions of dollars in government subsidies each year. A major argument for ending those subsidies these days, is the effect that carbon-based pollution has on the atmosphere – what scientists now say causes climate change. But new research suggests that there is another compelling …