Day: September 16, 2019

From Dead Store to Pop-Up ‘Social Infrastructure’

Read the full story in CityLab.

A Boston nonprofit called CultureHouse is demonstrating how empty storefronts can be transformed into instant “social infrastructure.”

National Wildlife Federation Releases Recommendations To Address PFAS Contamination

Read the full story from Wisconsin Public Radio.

The National Wildlife Federation released its recommendations Tuesday for addressing so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS.

The conservation group’s recommendations provide a roadmap to local, state and federal governments for addressing the chemicals in a report. The organization calls for creating an inventory of PFAS sources, identifying chemicals that pose the greatest threat to public health and the environment and expanding areas for monitoring substances in fish and wildlife.

In addition, the report urges policymakers to support research on the chemicals’ impacts on humans and wildlife, fund monitoring and cleanup of contaminated sites and explore cost-effective measures to treat chemicals in drinking water and wastewater.

MyCatch Lets Anglers Help Scientists Gather Fish Data

Read the full story in Great Lakes Connection.

Scientists and fishery managers rely on catch data to adjust how fish populations are managed and ensure enough fish are growing into healthy adults to maintain their numbers. A new web and smartphone app aims to bolster official efforts to collect that information using crowd-sourced data collected by anglers.

Launched in May 2018, MyCatch is published by Angler’s Atlas, the producers of physical and digital fishing guides to Canadian and transboundary waters. The app is designed to collect valuable data about fish populations while also being useful to anglers. It covers the bulk of Canada, from coast to coast, as well as US waterways that connect to the transboundary region.

The app and website allow users to log their fishing trips, including what they caught, how many fish, what day they went fishing and how long they were out. The app works whether or not the phone is within range of a cellular tower by retaining data and sending it once a connection is made.

State Hazard Mitigation Plans & Climate Change: Rating the States 2019 Update

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This report analyzes SHMPs issued since 2014 and assesses their compliance with the 2016 FEMA Climate Guidance. The report also ranks the SHMPs into 5 categories, with “1” indicating SHMPs that did not recognize climate change or did so inaccurately and “5” indicating plans with extensive consideration of how climate change will affect hazards, should be integrated across agencies and planning documents, and should be mitigated through adaptation actions. The report updates an earlier Sabin Center report, published in 2013, that ranked the states on their integration of climate change considerations in their then-current SHMPs (“2013 SHMP Report”). Since 2013 all 50 states have issued new SHMPs.

Lack of reporting on phosphorus supply chain dangerous for global food security

Read the full story from Stockholm University.

A new study shows that while phosphorus is a key element to global food security, its supply chain is a black box. This can lead to social, political and environmental issues, which in turn can create phosphorus supply crises.

Dangerous new hot zones are spreading around the world

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

A Washington Post analysis of multiple temperature data sets found numerous locations around the globe that have warmed by at least 2 degrees Celsius over the past century. That’s a number that scientists and policymakers have identified as a red line if the planet is to avoid catastrophic and irreversible consequences. But in regions large and small, that point has already been reached.

Edison, New Jersey counts down to special election on water system ownership

Read the full story at MuckRock.

Residents gathered thousands of signatures to force the vote to prevent continued privatization

How to Make Your Smartphone Last Longer

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Smartphones are more expensive than ever, but we still don’t keep them very long. Here’s why, and what you can do to extend their life.

Warm on top, cold below: Unexpected greenhouse gas effect in lakes

Read the full story from the University of Basel.

A research team has examined how the ongoing climate warming affects the ‘behavior’ of lakes. The researchers found out why, in near-bottom waters, lakes may even cool down despite warming at the surface, and what the consequences are for the production and emission of greenhouse gases.

Sink to River — River to Tap: A Review of Potential Risks from Nanoparticles and Microplastics

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The primary objective of this study was to inform the UK and the Irish water companies on the levels of microplastic particles present in raw and treated water, wastewater & treated effluent, and the sludges produced by their treatment works.

The secondary objective was to develop a robust sampling and detection methodology to allow the quantification of microplastic particles at a range of different points within the water environment and the water industry’s infrastructure. It should be noted that prior to this project no standardised methods or reference materials were available.

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