Day: August 2, 2019

Rising CO2 levels could boost wheat yield but slightly reduce nutritional quality

Read the full story from the American Chemical Society.

Levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) are rising, which experts predict could produce more droughts and hotter temperatures. Although these weather changes would negatively impact many plants’ growth, the increased CO2 availability might actually be advantageous because plants use the greenhouse gas to make food by photosynthesis. Now, researchers say that a much higher CO2 level could increase wheat yield but slightly reduce its nutritional quality.

Research leads to new green biodegradable plastic

Read the full story at EngineerLive.

Dr Ryohei Mori at the Green Science Alliance has invented a nano cellulose & PBS (Poly Butylene Succinate) composite material which has obtained certification from the JBPA (Japan BioPlastic Association).

What Can We Do As Consumers About Climate Change?

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We hear news almost daily about the impacts of climate change on many aspects of our lives – weather, property, livelihood, health, the environment. We hear about what we can do to reduce these impacts by using energy-efficient appliances and weatherproofing our homes. We also hear about the benefits of driving fuel-efficient or electric cars, sharing rides, and using public transportation. But there are other important things that we can do to live more sustainably, such as focusing on the products and materials that we all rely on and enjoy because these also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing the climate impacts from our purchases can take us into an exciting future, as our buying habits evolve and help protect the earth from climate change. Reducing the impacts on our climate from the things that we buy can help everyone achieve a better and safer future. Fortunately, we already know many of the solutions.

Save the date: The Science of PFAS: Public Health and the Environment

March 31-April 1, 2020, Framingham, MA
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NEWMOA has partnered with the Northeast Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), and others to organize a regional science conference on PFAS. The goals of the conference are:

  • Ensure that local, state, and federal action to address PFAS contamination is informed by the most current and reliable science
  • Facilitate networking and information-sharing among key stakeholders on PFAS topics
  • Identify important gaps in the science and policy to help inform future research

The conference organizers expect conference attendance to be approximately 400 people, including:

  • Local, state, and federal government officials
  • Academic researchers and students
  • Consultants and vendors
  • Companies that use, make, or sell products that contain PFAS 
  • Non-governmental and environmental organizations

Draft agenda framework (as of July 2019): http://www.newmoa.org/events/agenda.cfm?m=384. 

Coalition Calls for ‘Equitable and Just’ Climate Policy Agenda

Read the full story in Philanthropy News Digest.

coalition of more than seventy environmental and climate justice organizations and advocates has issued a policy platform designed to infuse equity principles into the national discussion around the climate crisis ahead of the 2020 elections.

Plastics Or People? At Least 1 Of Them Has To Change To Clean Up Our Mess

Read the full story from NPR.

The avalanche of plastic waste that’s rolling over land and sea has inspired numerous potential solutions. Some involve inventing our way out of the mess by creating new kinds of natural materials that will harmlessly degrade if they’re thrown away.

Others say it might be quicker to change people’s throwaway behavior instead.

Winners: SEJ 18th Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment

Read the full story from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

The Society of Environmental Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment, which honor the best articles, radio broadcasts and videos released from March 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019, and the best books on environmental topics published in 2018.

This year, SEJ launched the Ray Reece “Excellence in Environmental Journalism” Student Award, with generous funding from the Ray Reece Environmental Journalism Foundation. The Ray Reece Student Award recognizes published or broadcast journalism from undergraduate, graduate and high-school students.

The number of entries in the 2019 contest soared to 478, an all-time high for the contest. Entries were judged by independent panels of journalists, working and retired, who were challenged by the excellence of the entries. The SEJ contest is the world’s largest and most comprehensive environmental journalism competition, recognizing the best news coverage of the most important stories on the planet.

The winner of the Nina Mason Pulliam Award, selected from the first-place winners in all categories, will be announced shortly. SEJ will honor all of the winners on Oct. 12, 2019 at a celebratory luncheon during the society’s 29th annual conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

SEJ’s 2019 Awards for Reporting on the Environment are…

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Large Market
Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Small Market
Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large Market
Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market
Outstanding Explanatory Reporting
Outstanding Feature Story
Rachel Carson Environment Book Award
Ray Reece “Excellence in Environmental Journalism” Student Award

SEJ’s 2019 Distinguished Judges

A visual tour of packaging and products from ocean plastics

Read the full story in Plastics Today.

Packaging and products made from plastic ocean debris are likely the industry’s ultimate example of lemonade made from lemons. A nearly perfect circular economy model is made real when plastic bottles, for example, made from recovered ocean plastics are turned back into plastic packaging.

PFAS Exposure Assessments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will be conducting exposure assessments in communities near current or former military bases and that are known to have had PFAS in their drinking water. The primary goal of these exposure assessments is to provide information to communities about levels of PFAS in their bodies.

Are Mini Shampoo Bottles the New Plastic Straw?

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The IHG hotel group plans to replace “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its 17 brands, including Holiday Inn and InterContinental, becoming the first big brand to act.

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