Study of Medicare records links air pollution and mortality

Read the full story in Environmental Factor. An NIEHS-funded study of people who received Medicare showed that long-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone may increase the risk of premature death. Both are components of air pollution, and the risk occurred even at levels below the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Citation:  Di Q, …

‘Zero-Waste’ Efforts May Lead Sports Stadiums Astray, Study Suggests

Read the full story from Environmental Leader. Read the full study here. Sporting venues interested in reducing GHG emissions, energy use, and trips to the landfill may actually be shortchanging themselves by focusing too closely on the concept of reaching “zero waste,” according to researchers at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Rather, two specific aspects …

New publications from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center has published several new reports. They are: Characterizing the Effects of Thermochemical Bioenergy Production Processes on Emerging Contaminants and Wastewater Reuse Potential Dredged Sediment: Application as an Agricultural Amendment on Sandy Soils Tool and Process Design for Semi-dry Drilling of Steel: An Innovation for Green Manufacturing Assessment of Risk to …

Philly becomes first U.S. city to map urban trails on Google Street View

Read the full story at Philly Voice. You can now go to the park in Philadelphia on your phone — not to skip out on actual nature, but to explore and plan your trip. After a yearlong process covering more than 400 miles, Philadelphia is officially the first city in the United States to have …