Day: April 2, 2018

Europe bans two cosmetic ingredients you didn’t know are hazardous

Read the full post at Treehugger.

The chemicals that make your personal products silky smooth are banned from all cosmetics that are washed off after use.

The European Chemicals Agency has announced that the chemicals Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) will be prohibited in cosmetics intended to be washed off after use, effective in January 2020.

PLOS announces new website for peer reviewers

Read the full story from AAAS.

Peer review is vital to scientific publishing, yet is often not formally taught. In support of its global peer reviewer community of more than 74,000 researchers, PLOS created the PLOS Reviewer Center at http://reviewers.plos.org/.

Have Backyard Chickens Gone Too Free-Range?

Read the full story at CityLab.

Urban-poultry laws need to be stricter about public health and animal welfare, according to one expert.

Why So Many Public Libraries Are Now Giving Out Seeds

Read the full story at Atlas Obscura.

Seed-sharing programs aim to expand access to crops and educate the public, while also protecting scarce agricultural resources.

Perceptions of Science in America

Download the document. Read an analysis of the report on the NCSE Blog.

One goal of this publication is to improve understanding and awareness of the public’s perceptions of scientists among science communicators, advocates, and researchers. A second objective is to encourage new scholarship on these topics. Through a heightened awareness of the current landscape and the pursuit of new analyses, the ultimate goal is to systematically improve science communication and strengthen support for science.

In the Galápagos, fighting the rising tide of plastic pollution

Read the full story from UN Environment.

When the clean-up volunteers in the Galápagos Islands came across a soda can with a brand from Indonesia, they were hardly surprised. For months, they had been cleaning the remote beaches of these iconic islands 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador and removing tonnes of plastic waste, much of it carried to the islands from other corners of the planet.

This emblematic Ecuadorian archipelago, which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, is no stranger to the global plastic tide. The garbage that washes up on the islands’ beaches threatens vulnerable ecosystems, as well as the people who depend on those ecosystems for their food and livelihoods.

For Endangered Florida Tree, How Far to Go to Save a Species?

Read the full story at e360.

The Florida torreya is North America’s most endangered conifer, with less than one percent of its population remaining. Now, scientists are mounting a last-ditch effort to save the torreya and are considering using new gene-editing technologies to protect it.

Using food and fisheries waste to provide sustainable soil for Europe

Read the full story from the University of Portsmouth.

The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve soil quality and reduce CO2emissions.

The Horti-BlueC project has received €3,353,732 funding from the European Regional Development Fund, under the Interreg2Seas programme, to increase the use of new circular economy solutions in the coastal areas of England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

20 percent of Americans responsible for almost half of US food-related greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story from the University of Michigan.

On any given day, 20 percent of Americans account for nearly half of U.S. diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, and high levels of beef consumption are largely responsible, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and Tulane University.

Dangerous Decline in Biodiversity Threatens Livelihoods, Food and Water Security

Read the full story at e360 Digest.

Human activities are causing an “alarming” decline in biodiversity that is endangering food security, clean water, energy supplies, economies, and livelihoods for billions of people worldwide, according to a new United Nations-backed study by 550 scientists, conservationists, and policy experts from over 100 countries.

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