Day: May 14, 2019

Sound Bites: How Keeping Food Out Of Landfills Makes The Earth Greener

Read the full story from St. Louis Public Radio.

Consumers are becoming more aware of the negative effects mass consumption has on the environment. Many are calling for more ethical fashion, eating less meat and raising awareness about what happens to food that doesn’t make it on the shelves, or onto a plate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that 30 to 40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted.

Composting and combating food waste are the subjects of this month’s Sound Bites segment with Sauce Magazine. On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Sauce managing editor Heather Hughes and Total Organics Recycling marketing coordinator Sara Koziatek joined guest host Sharon Stevens to explain what composting is, how it helps the environment and how some local restaurants are making it a priority to keep food scraps out of landfills.

Faith and Flooding: How Sea Level Rise Threatens America’s Houses of Worship

Read the full story at Climate Central.

Unchecked warming emissions are projected to leave hundreds of houses of worship in areas vulnerable to chronic flooding by midcentury.


Eleven trainees face the Three-Minute Challenge

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

Postbaccalaureate fellows at NIEHS found clever ways to describe their research in brief, plain-language talks for a panel of nonscientists.

Earth Day since the 70s: A founder’s tale

Read the full story from ACEEE.

In 1970, headbands were in, Simon & Garfunkel topped the charts, and Denis Hayes, a graduate student at Harvard, read about a fledgling environmental movement. Determined to volunteer, he flew to Washington, DC, with the intention of organizing Earth Day at Harvard. Instead, he became the organizer for Earth Day across the entire United States.

Inspired by the role of teach-ins in anti-war and civil rights protests, US Senator Gaylord Nelson started the Earth Day movement as a“national teach-in on the environment.” The movement swiftly gained popularity, and today Earth Day is celebrated in more than 190 countries.

We sat down with Denis Hayes to discuss the first 49 years of Earth Day, the evolution of the movement, and how energy—and efficiency—play a huge role in climate action and a sustainable future.

Senate Democrats push tax code overhaul to streamline clean energy incentives

Read the full story in Utility Dive.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and more than two dozen other lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to “overhaul” the federal energy tax code by consolidating 44 energy incentives into three technology-neutral provisions intended to promote energy independence and a low-carbon economy.

The measure calls for a production tax credit (PTC) or an investment tax credit (ITC) for resources that are least 35% cleaner than average. Zero carbon facilities would be eligible for a maximum $0.024/kWh PTC or a 30% ITC while fossil fuel tax incentives would be repealed.

There is broad support for the legislation from the clean energy industry, including groups advocating for solar, wind, energy storage and electric vehicles. But the bill lacks Republicans sponsors and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) calls it a wealth transfer to the detriment of fossil fuel resource-rich states.

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