Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Many of the world’s biggest companies, from Silicon Valley tech firms to large European banks, are bracing for the prospect that climate change could substantially affect their bottom lines within the next five years, according to a new analysis of corporate disclosures.

Job announcement: Illinois Energy Office (IEPA)

Closing date: June 18, 2019
For more information and to apply, visit

Under direction of the Office of Energy Manager, serves as the program administrator of the Energy Program by organizing, planning, executing, and implementing policies and programs.

Cultivates and maintains internal and external relationships; facilitates the development of collaborations and alliances with outside stakeholders; serves as a liaison and representative of the Office of Energy Manager representing the program at meetings and events.

Assists in the administration of the Energy Program by providing expert level administrative, organizational and technical support; develops and implements tracking and follow-up procedures; conducts highly complex technical monitoring; prepares complex technical reports mandated by statute.

Serves as a backup to the Office of Energy Manager as requested. Travels in the performance of duties.

Education and Experience:  Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college, preferably with coursework in business or public administration.  Requires one year of responsible administrative experience in a public or business organization, or completion of an agency approved professional management training program.

Specialized Skills:  Of the one year required administrative experience: requires experience in energy policy, energy program design and implementation, energy efficiency incentive programs, renewable generation projects, or consumer education about energy efficiency or renewable generation, and, experience in developing and presenting informational programs to large and small groups.

Specific Job Requirements:  Requires the ability to utilize a personal computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access software.  Requires the ability to travel and a valid driver’s license.

Climate Change, Global Migration, and U.S. Government Actions

Read the full post at WatchBlog.

Today is World Environment Day—a day for learning more about key issues facing the environment, such as climate change, and for thinking about how people interact with the Earth.

In today’s WatchBlog, we discuss our recent report on the potential effects of climate change on global human migration and what some federal agencies are doing about these issues.

Request for proposals: Reducing ocean plastic pollution

For more information and to apply, visit the National Geographic Society web site.

More than 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans each year, with alarming implications for the health of people, wildlife, and ecosystems. Eighty percent of this plastic is believed to be derived from land-based sources, and much of this plastic enters the ocean via major rivers in Asia and Africa. This RFP is directed at reducing plastic pollution at the source, both by reducing per capita plastic consumption and reducing the flow of plastics into watersheds.

Please note that July 10, 2019 will be the last deadline  for the RFP focus areas described below.


We seek to fund sustainable and potentially scalable projects to reduce ocean plastic pollution that are closely aligned with one or both of the following goals:

  • Informing and advancing national or subnational policies or management plans to reduce plastic source pollution. This encompasses research to inform government strategies, such as generating knowledge that would enable reducing the flow of plastic into waterways; informing the development of national/subnational product or materials bans; and other relevant work. Research applications in this area are strongly encouraged to include a government official on the project team, have an endorsement letter from a relevant government office, and/or have a project component in which government stakeholders will be robustly engaged to advance the integration of data into decision-making.
  • Innovative behavior change approaches with the potential to inspire large numbers of people to dramatically reduce their consumption of single-use plastics and/or improve the recycling of plastic.

Geographic priorities include known hot spots that contribute most to the ocean plastic pollution problem (e.g., coastal cities in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam; and the watersheds of the Yangtze, Indus, Yellow, Hai, Nile, Ganges, Pearl, Amur, Niger, and Mekong rivers) or which fill key gaps in geography (e.g., major river basins and coastal cities in Africa).

We are particularly interested in proposals that generate one or more of the following outputs or outcomes:

  • Policy memos/briefs, white papers, policy analyses, and/or government reports
  • In-person presentations, meetings, and/or workshops made to policymakers
  • Training or education of individuals, including community members, students, and educators, in targeted areas
  • Changes in knowledge and/or attitudes and/or behaviors related to plastic pollution

This opportunity is open to conservationists, educators, researchers, storytellers, and technologists.

Proposals will be evaluated based on alignment to the focus of this RFP, expected impact, and cost-effectiveness. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years.

Applicants may request up to $60,000 to support costs directly required to complete the proposed project. Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding budgetary guidance.

All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about the topic and a plan for evaluating the outcomes of the proposed work. Preference will be given to applicants who are citizens or residents of the country where the work will be conducted. When applying for this RFP, please select “Changing Planet” in the Lens dropdown menu on the Project Description tab of the application.

This RFP does not provide funding for beach cleanups; end-of-life plastic recycling, valorization, or reuse; commercializing waste management technologies; or the development of plastic alternatives.

Applicants must complete the National Geographic Society grant application form and comply with all applicable requirements to be eligible for consideration. Approval of projects to take place in China is contingent upon the National Geographic Society receiving authorization from the Chinese government to fund such projects.

New solvent, Cyrene, takes on NMP

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

A small Australian company called Circa Group and the lab services giant Merck KGaA have teamed up to launch a new solvent intended to replace two old but environmentally suspect standbys: N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and dimethyl formamide (DMF).

Chemistry in Pictures Water Photo Contest

Read the full story from Chemical & Engineering News.

The ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego will explore all things water. To celebrate, Chemistry in Pictures is holding a water-themed contest in partnership with the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement throughout the month of June.

Winners will receive a reusable water bottle and a cash prize and be featured in C&EN’s ACS Meeting Insider on Aug. 5. We’ll be looking for high-quality entries with a splash of creativity that help demonstrate scientific concepts.

Your photo might center on people and water, land and water, or water’s effect on chemistry. Submit now using the form below, or via Instagram or Twitter by using the hashtag #H2Ochempics and tagging @cenmag. Here’s some inspiration to get your ideas flowing.

Opinion: The “yellow vests” show that in France, as elsewhere, a green economy must be a fair economy first

Read the full story at Ensia.

The gilets jaunes protests and others around the world make clear that green policies must also address equality — or they will be rejected.

Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act taps power of energy efficiency

Read the full story from the Environmental Defense Fund.

The rollout of Illinois’ Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) has focused attention on the bill’s four main pillars: a 100% renewable energy target by 2050, the decarbonization of the state’s power sector by 2030, the electrification of the transportation sector and a focus on equity and economic justice.

But there’s a hidden gem of an opportunity in the bill that is just as promising as solar panels and electric cars: energy efficiency.

Trace metal exposure among pregnant women living near fracking wells in Canada

Read the full story from the University of Montreal.

Researchers find higher concentrations of trace metals such as barium in the hair and urine of 29 pregnant women living near fracking wells in British Columbia, Canada.

Reductions in PM over decade has improved health; ozone pollution remains little changed

Read the full story from the American Thoracic Society.

Fewer deaths and serious illnesses have occurred in the US over the past decade as a result of cleaner air, according to a new report focusing on the two most potent air pollutants: fine particle (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone (O3). However, these improvements are almost entirely due to reductions in PM2.5 pollution.