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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.