Day: November 3, 2017

As It Looks to Go Green, China Keeps a Tight Lid on Dissent

Read the full story at e360.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to clean up the nation’s air and water and create an “ecological civilization.” Yet even as it carries out major environmental reforms, China’s government is making sure activist green movements stay under its control.

Building a better plastic bottle

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

DuPont, Corbion, and Synvina pilot furan-based polymers made from sugar but must confront PET’s dominance

Are the packaging wars coming to California?

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The state of California potentially is embarking on a mandatory comprehensive program to address packaging waste. This is in line with what some other national, regional and local governments are considering for their respective jurisdictions. The European Union, many Canadian provinces, China, India and the state of Connecticut — to name just a few — have adopted regulatory programs to manage and reduce packaging waste.

Retailers and manufacturers are also playing an important role by seeking to replace excessive packaging with more lightweight, less expensive and reusable packaging designs. Many manufacturers and retailers are working cooperatively — and voluntarily — with government and other stakeholders to minimize the impacts of packaging waste.

Arsenic declines in public drinking water

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

NIEHS-funded researchers reported that exposure to arsenic in drinking water was significantly reduced among Americans using public water systems after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered maximum levels of arsenic in 2006.

The new findings, reported Oct. 22 in the journal Lancet Public Health, confirmed that federal drinking water regulations helped decrease toxic exposure and protect human health.


Read the full story from U.S. DOE.

Reflecting the importance of software in the research landscape, OSTI has launched the Alpha version of DOE CODE, a new software services platform and search tool for software resulting from DOE-funded research.  DOE CODE is an open source platform that makes it easy for DOE-funded researchers and scientific software developers to share scientific software and discover other DOE-funded code.  It also offers code repository services for DOE developers in OSTI’s open source GitHub community repository and in a DOE-hosted GitLab instance.

Why Americans have stopped eating leftovers

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

American consumers throw away 27 million tons of food each year, according to the food waste coalition ReFED, clogging landfills, generating greenhouse gasses, and costing the economy an estimated $144 billion.

The solution, however, could be simple: get people to eat leftovers again.

Once the mainstay of weekday lunchboxes and thrifty home cooks, leftovers today constitute the single largest source of edible food waste in U.S. homes, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.

Scott Pruitt, Christ follower

Read the full story at ClimateWire.

Since Pruitt came to Washington, little attention has been paid to his evangelical faith and how it helps shape his decisions on the environment. Pruitt has not spoken publicly on the subject, but the views of religious leaders close to him could offer some clues.

Scott Pruitt blocks scientists with EPA funding from serving as agency advisers

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency upended the agency’s key advisory groups on Tuesday, announcing plans to jettison scientists who have received EPA grants.

The move sets in motion a fundamental shift, one that could change the scientific and technical advice that historically has guided the agency as it crafts environmental regulations. The decision to bar any researcher who receives EPA grant money from serving as an adviser appears to be unprecedented.

Scientists Are Literally Digging Through Bat Poop to Reconstruct Historic Climate Records

Read the full story at Science Alert.

From a sample of bat guano spanning across 1,200 years, researchers have uncovered an unprecedented climate record for a large swathe of the European continent.

As their findings show, digging through poop can offer a great reconstruction of climatic changes in parts of the world where researchers can’t drill for a more typical ice core or ocean sediment.

Alternative Cover Saves Airspace While Providing Beneficial Use for Latex Paint

Read the full story in Waste360.

Three years ago, Mesa County Landfill in Colorado was facing a soil deficit and began exploring alternative covers. Today it’s using a solution that meets its cover needs while also dealing with the volumes of latex paint it receives at the site.

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