Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins – study

Read the full story in The Guardian. Schoolchildren across the US are plagued by air pollution that’s linked to multiple brain-related problems, with black, Hispanic and low-income students most likely to be exposed to a fug of harmful toxins at school, scientists and educators have warned.

Video: A Tale of Two Cities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHs9ZARiTyk A Tale of Two Cities tells the story of two very different Michigan communities—picturesque, small town Evart and gritty, industrial Flint— who have found their futures inextricably linked by a threat to the one thing that all life requires: water. The film explores the growing threat of water privatization and what happens when the …

The uncounted cost of shipping’s environmental impact

Read the full story in GreenBiz. Single industries easily can seem negligible when examined within the global scale of the Paris Agreement. This is particularly the case for international shipping because it is very much an industry that’s out of sight, a phenomenon known as "sea blindness." Despite emissions exceeding those of Germany, the industry …

What Happens to the Losing Team’s Pre-Printed Championship Shirts?

Read the full story in Mental Floss. Following a big win in the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, or any other major sporting event, fans want to get their hands on championship merchandise as quickly as possible. To meet this demand and cash in on the wallet-loosening "We’re #1" euphoria, manufacturers and retailers produce …

EPA division that studies the health risks of toxic chemicals is in a fight for its life — against the EPA

Read the full story at The Intercept. A small but vitally important program within the Environmental Protection Agency is in a fight for its life. The Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, is the only division of the EPA that independently assesses the toxicity of chemicals. IRIS supplies evaluations used by states, tribes, private developers, …

New research tackles Great Lakes regional problems

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. We’re used to troubling news about the Great Lakes basin — Asian carp, zebra mussels, habitat degradation, fluctuating water levels, algal blooms, chronic wasting disease, lead-poisoned drinking water, endangered species and other problems. But we pay less attention to promising news with useful findings from science and …

Brewers Association Names Ian Hughes as Sustainability Ambassador

The Brewers Association (BA) has announced that Ian Hughes will fill the newly created position of sustainability ambassador. Hughes will work in conjunction with Quality Ambassador Neil Witte and Safety Ambassador Matt Stinchfield to bring attention to BA resources in their areas of expertise. In this role, Ian will promote the mission of the BA Sustainability subcommittee to “help …