Month: January 2018

Next Step to Eliminating Food Waste? Making It Relevant, Surmountable to Farmers

Read the full story in Sustainable Brands.

Globally, food loss and waste prevention efforts at farm and production level are, in many respects, still in their infancy. Many growers around the world are not required to record or report on their post-harvest crop losses — the dearth of data in this area makes it hard to determine exactly how much food never makes it beyond the farm gate.

Closing the loop on battery recycling

Read the full story from Argonne National Laboratory.

A novel model developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory allows industry, the Department and others to gauge the impact of recycling batteries in electric vehicles. It could further energize this market.


WVU researchers awarded USDA grant to develop an innovative approach to pest control

Read the full story from West Virginia University.

West Virginia University researchers are taking an innovative approach to develop a more sustainable and economical pest control solution.

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don’t Help The Environment

Read the full story from NPR.

Honeybees are amazing and adorable, and they suffer when people spray pesticides or mow down wildflowers. We’ve heard plenty in recent years about collapsing bee colonies.

So Jonas Geldmann, at the University of Cambridge, says he understands how the honeybee became a symbol of environmental conservation.

But he still doesn’t like it.

How Drugged-Up Shellfish Help Scientists Understand Human Pollution

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

These involuntary medicine-guzzlers have much tell us about the consequences of pharmaceutical waste.

Calculating the CO2 emissions of biofuels is not enough

Read the full story in Science Daily.

A new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in 2021. But a scientist thinks we should go one step further and take into account all compounds produced at biorefineries, not just biofuel. And he has developed a model for doing just that.

Why Amazon Go should be a no-go: We will drown in a sea of plastic

Read the full story at Treehugger.

Even the fruits and vegetables are wrapped in plastic so that the sensors can read them, inculcating a culture of convenience and waste.

Pentagon survey details effects of climate change on military sites

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

A new Pentagon report identifies military facilities vulnerable to climate change, documenting the effect of flooding, drought and extreme temperatures at installations across the United States.

NFL’s super challenge: Recycling food wrappers and beer cups from 60,000 fans

Read the full story in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

They have finally found a home for the purses.

Whether it was a Fendi shoulder sling or a Trader Joe’s tote, the thousands of bags that Vikings fans have relinquished at U.S. Bank Stadium security gates during the past two years wound up in a landfill or incinerator.

But in the drive to score what the NFL and stadium officials hope will be the first zero-waste Super Bowl — and launch the first zero-waste football stadium — those fans can now donate their bags to the women’s nonprofit Dress for Success.

That’s one of the more novel solutions the stadium has adopted in its effort to dramatically increase the amount of gameday trash that is put to good use through recycling or composting.

Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Read the full story in Nature.

Publications such as Nature and Science have policies that clash with the global health charity’s open-access mandate.

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