Some Chinese coal ash too radioactive for reuse

Read the full story at Science Daily. Many manufacturers use coal ash from power plants as a low-cost binding agent in concrete and other building materials. But a new study finds that coal ash from high-uranium deposits in China is too radioactive for this use. Some coal ash analyzed in the study contained radiation 43 …

Crystal clear Great Lakes might not be so healthy

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. At Brighton Beach outside Duluth, the waters of Lake Superior are stunningly clear. Looking into about six feet of water, it’s easy to see smooth rocks at the bottom. But Lake Superior has lost its long-held title as the clearest of the Great Lakes. A recent study …

Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options

Read the full story in Scientific American. It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Rico’s aging power grid and 54 days since Hurricane Maria finished the job, leaving nearly all 3.4 million residents without electricity. The island’s state-owned utility company, the U.S. government and workers on loan from other …

The road ahead: The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017

Download the document. This is the 10th survey since the first edition was published in 1993. This year, KPMG member firm professionals reviewed corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability reporting from 4,900 companies in 49 countries and regions, making this the most extensive survey ever. The survey provides a detailed look at global trends in CR …