Day: March 28, 2019

Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change?

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This survey was conducted by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from EPIC. A full topline is available at www.apnorc.org.

  • Seven in 10 Americans say climate change is a reality, and most think human activity is primarily responsible.
  • Nearly half of Americans say the science on climate change is more convincing than five years ago, with extreme weather driving their views.

 

One-Third in U.S. Blame Unusual Winter Temps on Climate Change

Read the full story from Gallup.

As the winter of 2018-2019 entered its final phase in early March, 43% of Americans told Gallup their local temperatures have been colder than usual this winter while about half as many, 20%, reported warmer than usual temperatures. Overall, a third of Americans this year attributed atypical winter weather to human-induced climate change.

Coal power stations disrupt rainfall: Global study

Read the full story in Science Daily.

Modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns, a new 15-year international study shows. The study indicates filtration systems on modern coal-fired power stations are the biggest source of ultrafine particles and can have considerable impacts on climate in several ways.

Stormwater Best Management Practices Performance Evaluation

This guidance offers the user details on post construction BMP lifecycle processes including contracting, cost considerations, installation factors including construction challenges, inspection checklists, quality control and record drawings.

It goes on to address long-term technology- and performance-based operational strategies, including aspects such as routine and non-routine maintenance. Data and information from existing publicly available BMP performance programs has been incorporated into an online BMP Screening Tool.

Using site-specific pollutant treatment requirements and installation considerations, the Tool can assist the user by identifying a list of BMPs that may be appropriate for a given site. The Tool also provides users summarized information on the treatment efficiency, installation requirements and maintenance issues regarding the identified BMPs, with links to access more detailed information.

Water Survey to analyze flood risks in Peoria County

Read the full story from the Illinois State Water Survey.

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) announced today that new hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of select streams in Peoria County is underway as part of a study to help local communities identify high flood-risk areas for flood mitigation planning.

Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe

The video series Global Weirding: Climate, Politics, and Religion with Katharine Hayhoe explains how the effects of climate change and how to talk about them. The series concluded last week and is a terrific example of how to effectively communicate science.

The rise and fall of scientific authority — and how to bring it back

Read the full story in Nature.

Robert P. Crease harks back to the shapers of our scientific infrastructure and what they can tell us about how to handle the threat we now face.

Taking a swim in the Potomac? Weekly readings will reveal water quality and bacteria levels.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Denis Crean swims in the Potomac River two times a week. He takes others in, too, to teach them techniques for traversing the open water.

The most common response when he tells people, he said, is shock: “You go swimming where?!”

But those who monitor and patrol the river said getting people back into the water has always been the goal. To that end, the Potomac Riverkeeper Network announced Tuesday it will monitor water quality from six points along the river using a floating lab built into a 42-foot boat called the Sea Dog.

The data will be publicly released and uploaded to an app that allows people to check the quality of waterways and decide whether the water is safe enough for a swim.

‘Life After National Sword’: domestic market pivot, growing plastics backlash

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

Last week’s Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show dedicated a session to exploring the repercussions — and unexpected benefits — of China’s scrap ban.

Newly discovered cold-tolerant plants from Siberia could promote clean bioenergy

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Climate change is an urgent threat to societies around the world, driven by carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels such as oil. One of the most effective ways to curb emissions is to replace these energy sources with others that are carbon neutral or even carbon negative — that is, technologies that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they put in.

Bioenergy, or energy derived from organic matter, usually plants, is an attractive option. The U.S. already derives 5 percent of transportation fuel from bioenergy, mostly corn. Even jet fuel could be produced from specially engineered crops, potentially balancing out 3 percent of the world’s human-made emissions.

Because the world population and its demand for food continues to rise, there might not be enough conventional farmland to grow crops for both food and bioenergy. One solution is to grow bioenergy crops on marginal land, which isn’t good enough to grow food. The logical conundrum: If this soil isn’t good, how can we grow anything on it that is reasonably productive?

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