Day: February 13, 2018

UConn Senate passes environmental general education requirement

Read the full story from the Daily Campus.

The University of Connecticut Senate agreed to include an Environmental Literacy course as part of the general education requirements Monday evening.

 

Climate Change Could Mean Less Maple Syrup For Your Pancakes

Read the full story at NPR.

Maple syrup might be ubiquitous in pantries and pancake houses now, but new research suggests that might not always be the case. Climate change could eventually render the sticky stuff extinct.

study published last month in the journal Ecology examined assessed how environmental conditions impacted the growth of more than 1,000 sugar maple trees at four forest sites in Michigan between 1994 and 2013. The findings were sobering: Climate change has led to warmer, drier growing seasons, stunting the growth of sugar maples.

Trump admin proposes repealing most of Obama methane leak rule

Read the full story in The Hill.

The Trump administration is proposing to repeal most of the requirements of a 2016 rule meant to reduce wasted methane from oil and natural gas drilling on federal land.

Opinion: As climate changes, we need the arts more than ever

Read the full story at Ensia.

In tumultuous times, art can and must express the turmoil and help us process what’s going on.

Get Ready for a Green Chinese New Year Celebration

Read the full story at Earth911.

With Chinese New Year coming up later this week, on Feb. 16, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. This centuries-old festival lasts weeks and is observed by more than 1 billion people worldwide. It’s a time for honoring deities, cherishing family and ushering in new beginnings. Chinese New Year celebrations are often met with firecrackers — an old tradition to drive away evil spirits — and paper sky lanterns. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help China’s pollution issues.

Instead of partaking in these eco-unfriendly traditions, put your own green spin on this month’s holiday. Here are some ideas:

Quad Cities Food Rescue Partnership receives national attention for food rescue efforts

Read the full story at Our Quad Cities.

A local group is getting national recognition for their efforts to rescue food.  The Quad Cities Food Rescue Partnership works to make sure food isn’t being thrown away. They help businesses and groups who have extra food to partner with shelters, pantries and farmers. The EPA recognizes national and regional winners each year for its food recovery challenge. This year, the Quad Cities Food Partnership was selected for a regional award.

Queen Elizabeth is behind a royal push to cut plastic waste

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Queen Elizabeth has long expressed admiration for David Attenborough, an environmentalist with a track record of creating beautiful, compelling movies about our planet.

Most recently, he produced a conservation series called “Blue Planet II.” The seven-part documentary, which was broadcast on the BBC last year, showcased the weird and wonderful species of the oceans. But it also explored the disastrous effects of waste on the world’s waters.

The show was a hit in Britain, and it spurred top officials to take a serious look at reducing plastic waste. Britain’s environmental secretary, for example, told reporters that he was “haunted” by the program and that his department is considering initiatives such as a national bottle-return system, an increase in drinking-water fountains and a new push for people to use reusable coffee cups.

Now, Queen Elizabeth II also is pushing for environment-friendly changes in her own back yard. The Telegraph reports that she is behind Buckingham Palace’s new waste-reduction plans, which will ban plastic straws and bottles at all royal estates. Plastic straws will be phased out of public cafes at royal residences and banned from staff dining rooms. Royal caterers will be required to use china plates and glasses.

What Canola Can Tell Us About Crops And Climate Change

Read the full story at NPR.

Hot summers can devastate canola farmers. Prolonged heat waves can leave behind fields of fallen, shattered oilseed pods and destroy vast amounts of the crop. Why canola (oilseed rape) seedpods disintegrate rapidly in prolonged heat blasts has been something of a mystery, but a new study suggests rising temperatures trigger a genetic cascade in the plant that leads to premature fruit development.

Here’s what happened the last time the living things in our oceans and lakes died

Read the full story at Quartz.

On January 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are falling dangerously low has increased even more.

The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beads

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

Every year, 25 million pounds of plastic beads made by Chinese factory workers get dumped on the streets of New Orleans.

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