Day: October 5, 2018

Major Utah oil-shale project clears ‘tremendous milestone,’ but at what cost to the environment?

Read the full story in the Salt Lake Tribune.

North America’s first commercial oil-shale operation cleared perhaps its biggest hurdle when the federal government authorized a 14-mile corridor across public land in eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin to service a proposed strip mine and processing plant that could produce 50,000 barrels of crude a day — but also deplete the Green River.

28 Inspirational People Working to Reduce Food Waste

Read the full story from Food Tank.

Nearly one-third of all food produced for human consumption—approximately 1.3 billion tons—is lost or wasted from farm to fork each year. Food loss and waste tends to be insidious—some is lost on the farm, some is lost in transport, waste occurs in grocery stores and at restaurants, and some is wasted in our homes.

Food waste has economic, environmental, and social repercussions, some of which are not yet quantifiable. Financially, approximately US$1 trillion of food is wasted annually. Environmentally, food waste is a drain on water resources, takes up valuable agricultural land, and negatively impacts biodiversity. Socially, wasted food equates to food that could be eaten by vulnerable populations or growing global populations.

Food Tank is excited to highlight 28 food waste warriors—inspiring chefs, scientists, activists, academics, entrepreneurs, and others who are working to prevent food loss and waste across the globe.

Reducing PFAS in Drinking Water with Treatment Technologies

Read the full story from U.S. EPA.

Per- and Polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that persist in the environment. These chemicals have been used for decades in consumer products to make them non-stick and water resistant. They are also found in firefighting foams and are applied in many industrial processes. Unfortunately, the characteristics that make them useful are the reason they persist in the environment and can bioaccumulate, or build up, in our bodies and the bodies of animals.

PFAS also dissolve in water, and combined with their chemical properties mean traditional drinking water treatment technologies are not able to remove them. Therefore, EPA researchers have been studying a variety of technologies at bench-, pilot-, and full-scale levels to determine which methods work best to remove PFAS from drinking water.

Certain technologies have been found to remove PFAS from drinking water, especially Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), which are the most studied of these chemicals. Those technologies include activated carbon adsorption, ion exchange resins, and high-pressure membranes. These technologies can be used in drinking water treatment facilities, in water systems in hospitals or individual buildings, or even in homes at the point-of-entry, where water enters the home, or the point-of-use, such as in a kitchen sink or a shower.

Winds of change

Read the full story in the Jacksonville (IL) Journal-Courier.

Tall, straight and moving with the prairie breeze, Illinois’ latest cash crop dominates the landscape in several parts of the state. Pike County will soon find out if this latest use for agricultural land blows in a lot of extra revenue for residents or if the hype is all hot air.

Illinois Winds LLC plans to soon begin construction on the 25-turbine, $50 million Panther Creek Wind Farm just west of Pittsfield, within sight of Pike County’s sole existing wind turbine on the city’s edge. The company hopes to have the wind farm operational by 2020.

Extreme weather won’t convince climate skeptics

Read the full story from Pacific Standard.

It often seems like climate denial has a logical end: Once the Earth’s climate systems become unpredictable—or at least undeniably weird—everyone will be forced to accept our planet’s new reality. For environmentalists and science communicators, that’s potentially useful: The images of skinny polar bears and melting glaciers that represented climate change to the public for decades were emotional, but not personal. So as extreme weather starts to affect land past the poles and scientists have grown more willing to connect it with climate change, many groups have attempted to use those events as learning opportunities. However, a new study says that these events have little real impact on people’s beliefs about the climate.

Virgin Atlantic’s First-of-Its-Kind Flight Uses Fuel from Captured GHGs

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Virgin Atlantic, working with LanzaTech and Epic Fuels, launched a commercial flight using a fuel mix made in part from captured greenhouse gas emissions – the first of its kind, the airline says. The fuel was used on a Boeing 747 aircraft for a flight from MCO to London Gatwick on October 2.

LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology captures carbon-rich industrial waste gases, such as those from steel mills, and recycles them into ethanol, which can be upgraded to alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) and then blended into jet fuel. Epic Fuels added its experience in fuel blending and aviation fuel expertise.

How Chipotle, MGM and Microsoft are trimming food waste

Read the full story from GreenBiz.

And which technologies could be essential ingredients in your company’s own reduction recipe.

Diversity is key to forests withstanding drought, research finds

Read the full story at Mongabay.

Research published in Nature last week finds that “hydraulically diverse” forests are particularly resilient in the face of drought, which could help inform strategies for restoring forests after they’ve been degraded by wildfires or logging.

How to reject ‘climate porn’ and reach ‘climate acceptance’

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

It’s time to face climate change with acceptance. Not acquiescence, not resignation. But acceptance that we are where we are, it’s regrettable and scary, and we have to deal with it. Now and for the rest of our lives.

Getting to climate acceptance is a difficult personal journey. For many of us, it’s a difficult professional journey too. If you’re not there yet, it’s time to get there quickly. We’ve run out of time for all the other approaches.

‘You Just Don’t Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary’

Read the full story from NPR.

Americans across the country, from Maynard’s home in rural Appalachia to urban areas like Flint, Mich., or Compton, Calif., are facing a lack of clean, reliable drinking water. At the heart of the problem is a water system in crisis: aging, crumbling infrastructure and a lack of funds to pay for upgrading it.

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