Day: May 21, 2019

One Thing You Can Do: Clean Greener

In the May 15 issue, the New York Times Climate Fwd: newsletter gives advice on how to green your spring cleaning and tells you about a a calculator to help gauge how much plastic you use.

SC Johnson expands concentrate offerings to fight plastic waste crisis

Read the full story in the Racine Journal-Times.

SC Johnson has announced it is continuing to address the plastic waste crisis by expanding and widening access to its concentrate offerings.

How one Atlanta startup solved the biggest problem in food waste recovery

Read the full story at Forbes.

For any food waste recovery business, whether for profit or non-profit, the biggest expense is logistics. Jasmine Crowe, founder of Atlanta-based startup Goodr knew that from the start…

Goodr is a two-year-old startup that provides restaurants, airports, convention centers and other food service operations with a blockchain-based digital platform to track surplus food and a food waste recovery service. Essentially, Goodr offers insights to help food businesses reduce waste, and then picks up and donates what waste they don’t mitigate.

 

Soils can help mitigate CO2 emissions, despite the challenges

Julie Loisel, John P. Casellas Connors, Gustaf Hugelius, Jennifer W. Harden, Christine L. Morgan (2019). “Soils can help mitigate CO2 emissions, despite the challenges.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences May 2019, 201900444. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1900444116

Abstract: In their opinion piece, Amundson and Biardeau (1) argue that “values system opposition” between farmers and scientists complicates the use of soils as long-term carbon stores. They imply that storing carbon in agricultural soils is an unrealistic climate mitigation strategy. We agree that implementing restorative soil management practices across the world’s >500 million active farms is a formidable challenge. But we fear that the authors are overly dismissive of the broader motivations for, and benefits of, building carbon in our soils. Furthermore, we assert that current agricultural practices are contingent upon, and will be shaped by, transitions in the global energy systems. Therefore, continued soil-restoration efforts may not only contribute to climate mitigation, but may also play a role in supporting energy transitions as well as climate adaptation.

Scotland’s food waste causing more greenhouse gas than plastic

Read the full story from the BBC.

Food waste is a bigger cause of climate change than plastics, according to Zero Waste Scotland.

Target now carries a non-toxic skincare line built on the insights of 16 million women

Read the full story at Fast Company.

If you asked 16 million women what they wanted out of their eye creams and face washes, then used all of this information to create your very own skincare collection, it might look something like Versed, a non-toxic line that is dropping at all 1400 Target stores and online on May 19. Every single product in the 19-item collection costs under $20.

The new brand comes from Clique Brands, the company behind women’s lifestyle blog Who What Wear, which recently spun off a fashion label also sold at Target. Last year, Clique announced it would begin incubating new startups through a holding company called Offspring, and Versed is the first fruit of this effort.

Missoula beekeepers develop app that ‘listens’ to a hive’s health

Read the full story at Missoula Current.

Honeybees can communicate the health of their colony by the frequency of their buzzing, and an app can help translate that to beekeepers thanks to a group of Missoula scientists.

The Bee Health Guru smartphone app listens to bee colonies and can report in seconds to a beekeeper whether the hives is well or ailing. The app can even tell if the queen has died, if the hive is infested with Varroa mites, or if the colony is failing. In all, it listens for eight different conditions, using a smartphone’s microphone.

Towards Sustainable Alternatives for Long-Chain PFAS in Firefighting Foam

This presentation at the SETAC annual meeting by Tom Bruton of the Green Science Policy Institute offers solutions to the problem of PFAS in firefighting foam.

The Six Classes Approach to Reducing Chemical Harm: Healthier Products, Healthier People

Many of the products we use every day contain chemicals of concern that may be harming our health. Many of these substances can be grouped into “Six Classes”, each containing similar chemicals. The Six Classes approach allows us to better understand these chemicals, their functions, where they are used, and how they can be avoided. It can prevent a cycle of “regrettable substitution,” whereby a phased out harmful chemical is replaced with a closely related chemical which may cause similar harm.

SixClasses.org is a project of the Green Science Policy Institute.

 

States aren’t waiting for the Trump administration on environmental protections

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

More than a dozen states are moving to strengthen environmental protections to combat a range of issues from climate change to water pollution, opening a widening rift between stringent state policies and the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda.

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