When naproxen breaks down, toads croak

Read the full story from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

A new study takes a harder look at the effects a common anti-inflammatory medication and its degradation products have on amphibians. There have been many studies that review the toxicity of naproxen, a common over-the-counter pain reliever, but none until now that have reviewed the effects it or its degradation products might have on amphibians.

TikTok videos spread climate change awareness

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Users of the social video app TikTok have been spreading a message of climate change awareness through make-up and time-lapse videos.

EIA uses the heat content of fossil fuels to compare and aggregate energy sources

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The four end-use sectors in the United States—residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation—consume a mix of fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas, and coal), as well as renewable energy sources and electricity, to meet their energy needs. To compare and aggregate data from these different energy sources, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) measures consumption in a common energy unit, British thermal units (Btu), which describes the heat content of the fuels. EIA uses thermal conversion factors to convert the physical units that are generally measured and reported (such as barrels of petroleum or cubic feet of natural gas) into heat content values.

This elegant furniture is made out of dead bike-share bikes

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The project critiques China’s bicycle graveyards—and proposes how millions of unused bikes could be put to good use in people’s homes.

New research aims to optimize farmland use for crops, solar electricity production

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Purdue University professors are questioning what else fertile farmland can be used for with a new multidisciplinary project researching how to improve future sustainability by simultaneously using crop fields for solar electricity production.

Starbucks Stores Reach 100% Renewable Energy in Illinois

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Starbucks says the company reached a milestone in Illinois this week: More than 340 stores there are now powered entirely by wind power generated in the state. When it opens later this year, the Starbucks Chicago Roastery will also run on wind power, according to the coffee chain.

Wisconsin Tribes Plan Green Updates With Help Of Department Of Energy Grants

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Two Native American tribes in Wisconsin are receiving federal grants for renewable energy projects that tribe members say will help reduce costs and lead to energy independence.

‘Smart charging’ needed to help manage electric vehicles’ toll on power grid

Read the full story in Midwest Energy News.

Several utilities are testing new programs and technology to encourage drivers to fill up batteries during off-peak hours.

LEED-Certified Residential Units at All-Time High

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Green, LEED-certified homes are at an all-time high, with nearly 500,000 single- and multi-family units being certified around the world and more than 400,000 in the US; the prevalence of LEED-certified homes has grown 19% since 2007, USGBC says in a new report focusing on residential projects.

Save the date for the 2020 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC20)

The 2020 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC20) will be on April 21-22, 2020, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL.

The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and outreach in the soil, water, and air. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the environment.

Upcoming Dates

  • Call for Abstracts opens September 4, 2019
  • Registration opens November 2019