Green your tailgating, no matter your school’s colors

Read the full story at Earth911. What happens when you get 92,000 people together in one place on a Saturday before a football game? Tailgating is one of the most fun parts of watching a football game (both college and pro), but it isn’t one of the most environmentally friendly. Have you ever seen what …

Arkema Chemical Plant Explosion Shows Downsides to EPA Cuts

Read the full story at Triple Pundit. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) has a few probing questions for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt these days. And with the recent explosion at the Crosby, Tex. Arkema plant, it seems that list is getting much longer. Last week, while Hurricane Harvey was pummeling the Texas coast, the …

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

Read the full post from Quartz. It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity. But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have suggested …

Gas Prices Spike But Texas Wind Farms — and Grid — Hold Steady After Harvey

Read the full story in Triple Pundit. Harvey was the first major hurricane to hit the Gulf region since Katrina in 2005, and energy infrastructure has changed dramatically since then with the advent of wind and solar power. For that reason, energy observers have been keenly interested in the impact that Harvey would have on …

Why Restaurants are Going Straw-less in Seattle by 2018

Read the full story in Waste360. Around the world scientists, environmentalists and even manufacturers are looking at plastics and their impact on ocean life, the environment and the health of human life as well. While banning plastic disposable straws seems like a rather small step in a complex ecosystem, environmentalists and local government officials are finding …

Digging in the dirt: Researchers develop new methods for assesing risk of subsurface phosphorus

Read the full story in Science Daily. New methods for assessing the loss of phosphorus in soil have now been developed by researchers. While current measurements focus mainly on surface runoff, the new research is looking at the best way to measure the risk of underground phosphorus that winds up in drainage water.

How Lego lends a hand in digitising 300 year old Herbarium books

Read the full post from the Natural History Museum (London). The Museum is on a mission to digitise 80 million specimens. We want to mobilise the collections to give the global community access to this unrivaled historical, cultural, geographical and taxonomic resource. Carrying out pilot projects helps us to establish bespoke digital capture workflows on areas …