Day: February 12, 2019

Chevron ties executive pay to methane and flaring reduction targets

Read the full story at Reuters.

Chevron Corp plans to set greenhouse gas emissions targets and tie executive compensation and rank-and-file bonuses to the reductions, the oil major said in its latest climate report released on Thursday.

Millions of tons of the world’s plastic waste could be turned into clean fuels, other products through chemical conversion

Read the full story from Purdue University.

The United Nations estimates that more than 8 million tons of plastics flow into the oceans each year. A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items.

A warming world increases air pollution

Read the full story from the University of California Riverside.

Climate change is warming the ocean, but it’s warming land faster and that’s really bad news for air quality all over the world, says a new University of California, Riverside study.

The study, published February 4 in Nature Climate Change, shows that the contrast in warming between the continents and sea, called the land-sea warming contrast, drives an increased concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere that cause air pollution.

 

Unleashing perovskites’ potential for solar cells

Read the full story from MIT.

New results show how varying the recipe could bring these materials closer to commercialization.

Ancient climate change triggered warming that lasted thousands of years

Read the full story from Penn State University.

A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according to scientists.

Their study, published online in Nature Geoscience, provides new evidence of a climate feedback that could explain the long duration of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), which is considered the best analogue for modern climate change.

Thinking Green in Material Selection

Read the full story in R&D.

The importance of adopting sustainable practices in materials selection, manufacturing and product development has also come under increasing scrutiny recently. Engineers must balance the process and cost optimization demands with that of sustainability and environmental safety. Firms have to ensure they meet the demands around cost and performance, but also measure these against the likely future environmental impacts.

Environmental groups push again for fracking transparency

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan.

A coalition of environmental groups, backed by some Democratic state lawmakers, are making another attempt this year to pass legislation requiring more public disclosure about horizontal fracturing, or “fracking” wells in the state.

China is polluting California’s air

Read the full story in Treehugger.

A lot of people like to imagine pollution respects national borders. The reality is, it couldn’t care less. A new report found that pollution is traveling around the world and, in particular, moving from China to California.

Covestro joins EU research project to improve sustainability of polyurethane

Read the full story in Plastics Today.

Materials supplier Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) is participating in a new Europe-wide research project, PUReSmart, devoted to investigating ways to improve recycling of polyurethane (PU). Nine companies and academic institutions from six countries are collaborating to develop a complete circular product life cycle and turn PU into a truly sustainable material.

Government Can Waive Environmental Laws To Build Border Wall Prototypes, Court Rules

Read the full story from NPR.

The Trump administration was within its rights to waive dozens of environmental laws to fast track some border construction projects in southern California, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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