Can road salt and other pollutants disrupt our circadian rhythms?

Read the full story at The Conversation. Every winter, local governments across the United States apply millions of tons of road saltto keep streets navigable during snow and ice storms. Runoff from melting snow carries road salt into streams and lakes, and causes many bodies of water to have extraordinarily high salinity. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, my …

The Library of Things

Read the full story in American Libraries. Libraries loaning “stuff” isn’t a new concept. Framed paintings were available for checkout at the Newark (N.J.) Public Library back in 1904. “Libraries were sharing before sharing was cool,” says Miguel Figueroa, director of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries. As the sharing economy …

Brain Drain At the EPA

Read the full story in ProPublica. More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Donald Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration. Of the employees who …

Green Brexit? Minister hints at sustainable farm subsidies

Read the full story at Treehugger. From soil carbon to flood prevention, reforming farm subsidies could be Brexit's upside. Full disclosure: As a Brit now living in the United States, I was firmly in the Remain camp when it comes to Brexit. And continue to be so. That said, I've been pleasantly surprised by signs the …

First up for NC lawmakers in 2018? Dealing with GenX pollution

Read the full story in the News & Observer. The more scientists look for GenX and other similar, potentially hazardous chemicals in North Carolina, the more they find. And next spring they could ramp up their efforts. The state’s environmental regulators at the Department of Environmental Quality took several actions in late 2017 against the …