Designers, Students Get Creative for Final Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

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More than 150 designers, sustainability professionals and students from 17 different countries recently competed in the sixth and final Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, which was hosted by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in collaboration with 3D design software company Autodesk and lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing company Arconic Foundation.

Toxic waste from coal ash pits leaching into Illinois’ only National Scenic River

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Seven years after Dynegy Inc. scrapped one of the last coal plants in downstate Illinois, environmental groups are accusing the company of failing to prevent toxic waste stored nearby from seeping into the state’s only National Scenic River.

‘Fits neatly inside a lizard’s cloaca’: Scientists are leaving Amazon reviews, and it’s amazing

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Last month, a zoologist left a four-star review on Amazon for a tea strainer, which he had been using to sift ants. No big deal. The review sat quietly on the site until this week, when other scientists found it, shared it and instantly started a Twitter trend.

A ‘’ for furniture: How Green Standards reduces bulk waste

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In the early days of running Green Standards, executive general manager Trevor Langdon said, the company was working with small organizations in a way that wasn’t really scalable. They’d be working on half an office floor, or a storage purge — small projects.

But now, the company works on “multiple millions of square feet being decommissioned as part of multi-year portfolios involving buildings in five different states,” according to Langdon. Green Standards works with organizations looking to decommission office space, and handles the donating, reusing, reselling or specialty recycling of old material to prevent waste from entering a landfill.

Cutting Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Production: One of the Year’s Biggest Energy Challenges

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Leave it to the rocket scientists to solve our biggest climate mysteries. That’s exactly what NASA has done to kick off 2018, using a spectrometer imaging satellite to measure global methane emissions—a potent greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change—and revealing an alarming increase in these emissions that threatens our climate.

For the First Time, Renewables Produce More Electricity in the EU Than Coal

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Driven by rapid growth in renewable energy in the UK and Germany, the European Union generated more electricity last year from renewable sources of energy than coal, according to a new report.

How the Trump Administration Distorts Analysis of Key Environmental Rules

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In its zeal to roll back protections, the EPA under Scott Pruitt is abandoning long-standing standard methods of evaluating the costs and benefits of regulations. This unprecedented shift could damage the long-term credibility of the EPA and other government agencies.

University of Minnesota study shows wetlands provide landscape-scale reduction in nitrate pollution

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A study by University of Minnesota researchers provides new insights to demonstrate that multiple wetlands or ‘wetland complexes’ within a watershed are extremely effective at reducing harmful nitrate in rivers and streams. These wetlands can be up to five times more efficient per unit area at reducing nitrate than the best land-based nitrogen mitigation strategies.

Search for sustainable fuels drives researchers at UI’s new bioenergy center

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A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.

That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched today at the University of Illinois with help from a five-year, $115 million grant from the Department of Energy, one of the largest ever received by the campus.

EPA delays Obama water rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing back by two years an Obama administration rule redefining the federal government’s power over small waterways.