Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.

Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”, although the original terms are not banned.

“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said the editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.”

States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules

Read the full story in The Hill.

States are preparing to fight back as the Trump administration moves to erase Obama-era standards for lightbulbs.

The Department of Energy has proposed new regulations for lightbulbs that would eliminate efficiency standards for half the bulbs on the market.

The move has prompted a backlash from a bipartisan mix of state attorneys general and governors who say it is harmful to the planet and may be illegal.

Washington and Colorado passed bills this month designed to backstop the Obama-era standards if the Energy Department proceeds to roll them back, and half a dozen other states are considering similar legislation. Vermont passed such a law as soon as President Trump was elected.

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‘You idiots’: Bill Nye’s fiery message to leaders stalling on climate change

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Bill Nye frolicked in a ball pit to explain how the planet’s populations compete for resources. He took a chain saw to a loaf of bread, comparing it to Earth’s crust, and he was nearly blown away in a wind tunnel while shouting “science!”

But he’s talking about global warming now — and he’s in no mood to mess around.

Pollution Prevention through Peer Education: A Community Health Worker and Small and Home-Based Business Initiative on the Arizona-Sonora Border

Ramírez DM, Ramírez-Andreotta MD, Vea L, Estrella-Sánchez R, Wolf AMA, Kilungo A, Spitz AH, Betterton EA. (2015). “Pollution Prevention through Peer Education: A Community Health Worker and Small and Home-Based Business Initiative on the Arizona-Sonora Border.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12(9):11209-11226. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph120911209 [Open access].

Abstract: Government-led pollution prevention programs tend to focus on large businesses due to their potential to pollute larger quantities, therefore leaving a gap in programs targeting small and home-based businesses. In light of this gap, we set out to determine if a voluntary, peer education approach led by female, Hispanic community health workers (promotoras) can influence small and home-based businesses to implement pollution prevention strategies on-site. This paper describes a partnership between promotoras from a non-profit organization and researchers from a university working together to reach these businesses in a predominately Hispanic area of Tucson, Arizona. From 2008 to 2011, the promotora-led pollution prevention program reached a total of 640 small and home-based businesses. Program activities include technical trainings for promotoras and businesses, generation of culturally and language appropriate educational materials, and face-to-face peer education via multiple on-site visits. To determine the overall effectiveness of the program, surveys were used to measure best practices implemented on-site, perceptions towards pollution prevention, and overall satisfaction with the industry-specific trainings. This paper demonstrates that promotoras can promote the implementation of pollution prevention best practices by Hispanic small and home-based businesses considered “hard-to-reach” by government-led programs

Climate change mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilization in the chemical industry

Arne Kätelhön, Raoul Meys, Sarah Deutz, Sangwon Suh, André Bardow (2019). “Climate change mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilization in the chemical industry.”
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences May 2019, 201821029. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821029116

Abstract: Carbon dioxide (CO2) drives climate change when released to the atmosphere. Alternatively, CO2 could be captured and utilized as carbon source for chemicals. Here, we provide a global assessment of the technical climate change mitigation potential of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) in the chemical industry. We develop an engineering-level model of the global chemical industry representing 75% of current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The model allows us to analyze the potential disruptive changes through large-scale CO2 utilization and resulting emission reductions. Our study shows that CCU has the technical potential to lead to a carbon-neutral chemical industry and decouple chemical production from fossil resources. This transition, however, would cause largely increased mass flows and demand for low-carbon electricity.

Explore your state’s energy data with EIA’s new State Energy Portal

EIA has launched its new State Energy Portal (Portal), where you can find data and analyses for U.S. states, territories, and regions and the District of Columbia. The Portal makes it quick and easy to access, visualize, map, and export data for your state.

To meet users’ various needs for state and regional energy data, the new Portal allows you to build a personalized, interactive data dashboard that retains your settings. You can also scroll through pre-populated dashboards by energy source, activity, or special topic, including energy storage or energy movement among states.

With the new Portal, you can

  • Access more than 1,700 state- and regional-level data series from more than 50 data sources, including sources outside of EIA
  • Filter much of the data by data frequency, time period, geographic location, type of unit, energy source, or sector
  • Compare your state’s energy data with other states, regions, and the United States as a whole
  • Discover your state’s energy history with data going back to the 1960s
  • Download and export data, charts, and maps for use in your own presentations and analysis
  • Embed charts, graphs, and infographics onto your website
  • Access Today in Energy articles and other resources applicable to your state

Please share any questions you have via states@eia.gov. You may also provide feedback directly on the beta site.


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UI installing pioneering geothermal system at new Hydrosystems Lab

Read the full story in the News-Gazette.

In an ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, the University of Illinois is installing a novel geothermal heating and cooling system within the foundation of a building addition going up on its engineering campus.

How Do I Keep More of the Nitrogen in My Soil?

Read the full post from the Soil Science Society of America.

If you garden, do lawn maintenance, or farm, you’ve probably added nitrogen fertilizer to your soil. Nitrogen is the most common nutrient to limit plant growth – because plants need quite a lot of it (10-60 g per kg of plant mass, to be exact). It also doesn’t stick around very long in the soil. Instead, it ends up in places where we don’t want it: in groundwater, water bodies, and even the atmosphere.

But, why? And how can we get nitrogen to stay in the soil, where plants need it?


How to get involved with tick, mosquito research

Read the full story in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

You don’t need to be a helpless bystander in the battle against diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks. There are ways to protect yourself and your community — and help researchers.

You can be a “citizen scientist” by taking part in the Illinois Tick Inventory Collaboration Network, called I-TICK, a project involving the Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Illinois Department of Public Health and Midwest Center pf Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease.

You also can report dead birds to your local health department. The Illinois Department of Public Health — www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/west-nile-virus — has details under the “Bird Collection” tab.

If you’re interested in participating in I-TICK, contact a local hub.