The Case for Sharing All of America’s Data on Mosquitoes

Read the full story in The Atlantic.

The U.S. is sitting on one of the largest data sets on any animal group, but most of it is inaccessible and restricted to local agencies.

Hotel Buffets, a Culprit of Food Waste, Get Downsized

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Though no good data exists yet about how much hotels or their buffets specifically contribute to the overall waste total, the thinking is that hotels are an ideal place to raise awareness and change behaviors around sustainability issues, as they have for water conservation.

Ensia Mentor Program

The Ensia Mentor Program offers scientists and aspiring environmental journalists an opportunity to build their communication skills and professional network by creating an article, video, image gallery, infographic or other work on a topic of their choice for Ensia under the guidance of an experienced communicator.

How It Works

An Ensia mentorship begins with an application from an individual who is interested in producing a specific piece of content for Ensia but would benefit from guidance through the process. Ensia staff evaluate the proposal and the proposer for fit with Ensia and the mentor program. Individuals whose proposal is accepted are given an assignment (700-word article, short video, photo gallery, infographic or other work) for the proposed piece and matched with a mentor. The mentor advises the learner as needed, with both keeping in mind that the mentee is responsible for the assignment and Ensia editors are responsible for the editing process.

Mentees

Ensia Mentor Program mentees may be journalism students, scientists, professional communicators interested in expanding their skills, or professionals or students in other disciplines interested in environmental communications. Mentees receive a small stipend along with credit for their work.

Mentors

Ensia welcomes experienced environmental communicators — writers, videographers, designers — to share their knowledge and skills with the next generation as mentors. Ensia mentors guide learners one on one as they envision, refine, report and create an assigned work. They receive a small honorarium for their role and recognition, if desired, in the final product.

Surplus stats: Food waste by the numbers

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

In the 2015 film “Just Eat It,” journalist and author Jonathan Bloom says that food waste is “one of the last environmental ills that you can just get away with,” mocking society’s so-called “environmental consciousness” despite its ignorance of some obvious issues. This acceptance of food waste is ironic, and raises a red flag for environmental advocates and waste professionals alike. Food waste will keep piling up if industry leaders don’t inform consumers and retailers on how massive of an issue it really is.

Changing consumer habits or structural supply chain systems is no easy task. It involves educational campaigns, marketing and consistent reminders. These tactics can increase scrap collection rates, boost support of organics processing systems, or ultimately mitigate the problem from the source, making education highly important for industry leaders to pursue.

The magnitude of food waste can be hard to conceptualize, yet understanding this magnitude is the first step toward building a mindful society. Waste Dive compiled eight of the most impactful numbers that put into perspective just how vast the issue really is — and what the industry is doing to address it.

Company Town: ‘quiet tragedy’ of an Arkansas community vs the Kochs

Read the full story in The Guardian.

A new film tells the story of Crossett, Arkansas – a small town dominated by a Koch brothers-owned paper mill, blamed for dumping cancer-causing chemicals.

Climate Change a Buzzkill for Coffee Lovers

Read the full story from the University of Vermont.

Global warming could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America — the world’s largest coffee-producing region — by as much as 88 percent by 2050.

That’s a key takeaway of the first major study of climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. The findings appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Online course from EPA: Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health

EPA teamed up with CDC to develop and accredit a new course designed for healthcare professionals called Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health. The course provides tools to help patients understand how particle pollution affects their health and how to effectively use the EPA Air Quality Index. EPA scientists who conduct research and risk assessments on the health effects of particle pollution contributed their expertise to developing the course.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what size particles are the greatest health concern and where and when they are a problem.
  • Identify how particle pollution exposure affects the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Identify how particle pollution exposure can affect the general population.
  • Identify how particle pollution exposure affects patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease.
  • Explain the purpose and use of the Air Quality Index for advising patients how to protect their health.
  • Discuss methods to reduce exposure during high particle pollution events.
  • Address typical patient questions and clinical scenarios relating to particle pollution exposure.

Continuing Education

CME activities with Joint Providers: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the (ACCME®) to provide medical education for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of (1.25) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides (1.2) contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (0.1) CEUs for this program.

For more information about CE credits for this course, visit https://www.epa.gov/particle-pollution-and-your-patients-health/continuing-education-particle-pollution-course.