Day: September 18, 2019

Webinar: How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Household

September 24, 2019, 1-2 pm CDT
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Why are we so susceptible to wasting food? What do date labels really mean? What can I do to reduce food waste in my life? On this webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), we cover these topics and more. The webinar will feature guest speakers from:

  • USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • University of California, Berkeley

There will also be a Q&A session at the end for attendees.

We need more realistic experiments on the impact of climate change on ecosystems

Read the full story from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

When it comes to the impact of climate change on ecosystems, we still have large knowledge gaps. Most experiments are unrealistic because they do not correspond to projected climate scenarios for a specific region. Thus, we lack reliable data on what ecosystems might look like in the future, as a team of biodiversity researchers show.

Debating the bedrock of climate-change mitigation scenarios

Read the full story in Nature.

Researchers and policymakers rely on computer simulations called integrated assessment models to determine the best strategies for tackling climate change. Here, scientists present opposing views on the suitability of these simulations.

Where climate cash is flowing and why it’s not enough

Read the full story in Nature.

Investments need to ramp up to keep global warming within safe thresholds.

McKnight Foundation Announces Focus on Climate Solutions, Equity

Read the full story in Philanthropy News Digest.

The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis has announced that it is broadening its focus to advance climate solutions and build a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota.

In an open letter to the community, the foundation’s president, Kate Wolford, and board chair Debby Landesman note that the decision reflects the family foundation’s mission as well as its new strategic framework. The transformation will include a new goal for the foundation’s Midwest Climate & Energy program, which will work to strengthen clean power sectors of the economy, with the goal of reducing carbon pollution in the Midwest by 2030.

Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on Climate Resilience

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This report focuses on making the case for climate adaptation, providing specific insights and recommendations in key sectors: food security, the natural environment, water, cities and urban areas, infrastructure, disaster risk management, and finance. It is designed to inspire action among decision-makers, including heads of state and government officials, mayors, business executives, investors, and community leaders.

R-E-D-U-C-E: Illini band marching toward sustainability goalline

Read the full story from the University of Illinois Institute for Sustainability Energy, and Environment.

Fifty or more pieces of music for a sporting event, plus 30 pages of drill weekly, plus 375 Marching Illini band members equals nearly $35,000 in annual printing and paper costs.

About two years into Barry Houser’s time as Director of the Marching Illini, he knew something had to change.

Combination of wood fibers and spider silk could rival plastic

Read the full story from Aalto University.

Achieving strength and extensibility at the same time has so far been a great challenge in material engineering: increasing strength has meant losing extensibility and vice versa. Now Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland researchers have succeeded in overcoming this challenge, inspired by nature.

Recent surveys find few of once-common bat species

Read the full story from the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Bat species that used to be common in Illinois are scarce in recent surveys, sending up a red flag, according to Tara Hohoff, mammologist in the Illinois State History Survey (INHS) at the University of Illinois.

Although the Indiana bat is listed as federally endangered, or in danger of becoming extinct, the Illinois Bat Conservation Program ( researchers have netted more of these bats than the once common little brown bat, which is not protected, and the northern long-eared bat, which is a threatened species at risk of becoming endangered.

FishPass: An innovative project to pass desirable fish and block invasive species

Read the full story in Great Lakes Connection.

Construction may begin as soon as 2020 on FishPass, a first-of-its-kind fish sorting system to be constructed in the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City, Michigan.

FishPass, the capstone of a 20-year restoration project on the river, will replace the deteriorating, Union Street Dam while aiming to solve one of the world’s most difficult fishery management challenges: how to pass desirable fish around barriers and dams while simultaneously blocking harmful species like the sea lamprey.

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission unveiled the final design for the project earlier this year. It’s the culmination of more than three years of work by more than 50 fish passage experts, fish behavior and ecology experts, engineers and hydrologists. Community and stakeholder input also was essential.

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