How Much Nitrate Is in Rural America’s Water?

Read the full story in In These Times. On July 26, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) announced the launch of the their Tap Water Database: “Starting today, the vast majority of Americans can learn about every potentially harmful chemical in their drinking water and what scientists say are the safe levels of those contaminants.” Unfortunately …

Regreening the Planet Could Account for One-Third of Climate Mitigation

Read the full story at e360. Planting trees, restoring peatlands, and better land management could provide 37 percent of the greenhouse gas mitigation needed between now and 2030 to keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new study published in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences.

Announcing the Transform Toxicity Testing Challenge Stage Two Winners

Scientists from EPA, NCATS, and NIEHS/NTP are using high speed, automated screening technologies called high-throughput screening (HTS) assays to rapidly test whether some of the thousands of chemicals in use may affect human health. However, since current HTS assays do not fully incorporate chemical metabolism, they may miss chemicals that are metabolized to a more …

JRC Publishes NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

Read the full post at the Nano and Other Emerging Chemical Technologies Blog. The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published the NANoREG Toolbox for the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials... The NANoREG framework represents the project’s proposal for a common understanding in the field of environmental health and safety assessment of nanomaterials under the current …

This startup is creating biodegradable fabric from methane-eating bacteria

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Humans have been employing worms to spin silk yarn for almost 5,000 years, so the idea that we can squeeze other natural fibers out of bacteria shouldn't be so strange. But that actually wasn't the original intention of Mango Materials co-founder and CEO Molly Morse, who started her research …

Managing Fertilizer Saves Money, Improves Human, Environmental Health

Read the full story in AgPro. Ohio’s waterways have a dirty history. In the 1960s, flames on the polluted Cuyahoga River helped spark the Clean Water Act. Today, another problem is flowing downstream. With each rainfall, fertilizer runoff from fields flows through the watershed into Lake Erie, creating an unhealthy concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus …