Day: April 20, 2018

‘Poop Train’ full of NYC sewage raises stink in Alabama town

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the “poop train” is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states’ waste.

U.S. Senate voting this week on looser rules for Great Lakes ships dumping ballast water

Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a measure this week that conservation groups say could have devastating — and permanent — consequences for the Great Lakes.

The legislation attached to the U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act calls for giving the Coast Guard the exclusive authority to regulate the shipping industry when it comes to discharging ship-steadying ballast water that can harbor invasive species.

State of Global Air 2018

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How clean is the air you breathe? This second issue of the State of Global Air report expands on last year’s report by adding household air pollution and total air pollution to our discussion of air quality and health for all countries around the globe. It is based on the most recent data available (for 2016) and provides a comprehensive picture of global air pollution and health levels and trends (since 1990). Who is it for? The report is designed to introduce citizens, journalists, policy makers, and scientists to the Global Burden of Disease project, a comprehensive effort to estimate and track human exposure to air pollution and its impact on human health around the world. How can I explore the data? The interactive pages of this website provide the tools to explore, compare, and download data tables and graphics with the latest air pollution levels and the associated burden of disease in individual countries, as well as their trends over the last 26 years (1990–2016).

Opinion: Wrong solution for food waste

Read the full story in the Post & Courier.

The United States has a food waste problem. A big one. As much as 40 percent of the nation’s food supply — 133 billion pounds or at least $161 billion worth of food — ends up in the trash each year, according to the federal Department of Agriculture.

Doing something about all of that waste would save money. It would help hungry families. It would keep billions of pounds of trash out of landfills. It would even cut back significantly on climate-changing emissions released when food decomposes.

But individually packaging bell peppers or bananas — as a recently announced partnership between packaging and recycling giant Sonoco and Clemson University proposes to explore — would be the wrong solution.

Adding Crushed Volcanic Rock to Farm Soil Could Boost Crops and Slow Global Warming

Read the full story at Civil Eats.

Pulverizing volcanic rock and spreading the dust like fertilizer on farm soils could suck billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere and boost crop yields on a warming planet with a growing population.

In a paper published recently in the scientific journal Nature Plants, an international team of researchers lays out the prospects for “enhanced rock weathering”—a process that uses pulverized silicate rocks, like basalt, to speed the ability of minerals to store carbon in soil.

CupClub is a poster child for sustainable, circular design

Read the full story in Treehugger.

It is a cup as service, rather than cup as product.

Marcus Fairs writes a great intro to an interview:

Architect Safia Qureshi wanted to change the world but ended up designing private houses for rich people. So she invented Cupclub, a circular-economy service that could eliminate single-use coffee cups.

It is actually a very clever idea: a polypropylene cup and with a polyethylene lid and an RFID chip in the bottom so that it can be tracked.

Can Responsible Grazing Make Beef Climate-Neutral?

Read the full story at Civil Eats.

New research found that the greenhouse gases sequestered in one grass-fed system balanced out those emitted by the cows, but some meatless advocates are skeptical.

Need An OSHA-Authorized Trainer? Check Out OSHA’s New Online Database.

Read the full story from JDSupra.

Need an authorized instructor to train your team? OSHA has launched a new online database of trainers who provide 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA outreach training courses. The site is searchable by location and provides contact information to email or call each trainer.

This Home Pregnancy Test Is Fully Biodegradeable

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Millions of pounds of used pregnancy tests end up in landfills every year. Lia Diagnostics new test, the winner of the health category of Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards, just melts away.

In North Carolina, Hog Waste Is Becoming A Streamlined Fuel Source

Read the full story from NPR.

In late March, a project in eastern North Carolina revealed the potential to turn every hog farm in the state into a source of renewable natural gas, or what’s known as swine biogas.

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