Day: September 20, 2019

The Home Depot to stop selling carpet containing PFAS

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Consumers looking to reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals will be getting some help from The Home Depot, which announced today that it would stop selling carpets and rugs containing PFAS.

Are existing laws enough to cope with accelerating environmental change?

Read the full story from the University of Utah.

Do you think that major statutory reform is necessary address global environmental challenges? Think again. New research by a group of environmental law scholars explores the untapped capacity of existing environmental and natural resources management statutes to address accelerating environmental change in the absence of major legislative reform.

Zero Energy Buildings in Massachusetts: Saving Money from the Start

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The report, Zero Energy Buildings in MA: Saving Money from the Start, assesses zero energy (ZE) upfront building costs, model performance, and life-cycle costs in Massachusetts. With buildings being a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, scientists, advocates, and local leaders are working to curb emissions and reduce energy use in the built environment by both retrofitting existing buildings and constructing new buildings to achieve Zero Energy Standards. While stakeholders and decision makers frequently cite high costs as the primary barrier to ZE buildings, we and report lead Integral Group found that many types of ZE buildings can be built with no added upfront cost and some commercial buildings can see return on investment in as little as one year.

‘How We Respond’ Shows What U.S. Communities Are Doing to Address Climate Change

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Communities across the United States are working with scientists and using scientific information to respond to climate change, according to the “How We Respond” report released Sept. 16 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This new resource shares perspectives, multimedia and project details that 18 communities have developed to address local impacts of climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New online tool reveals air pollution levels at London addresses

Read the full story at Air Quality News.

A new website has launched to show Londoners how exposed their home is to air pollution and whether where they live exceeds World Health Organisation (WHO) annual guidelines for nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection

Read the full story from Arizona State University.

Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destinations, there remains a lot of the world that isn’t precisely figured out. But a new project from Wenwen Li, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, aims to learn more about our world and its varying terrain by applying artificial intelligence.

Apache National Forest History

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On July 1, 1908, President Roosevelt made a proclamation to create the Apache National Forest and the Sitgreaves National Forest. The Apache National Forest is named after the tribe that settled the area. Springerville, Arizona, became the headquarters of the Apache National Forest.

This collection contains mostly images and a few documents that were digitized from items found in the Forest Service Archive in Springerville, Arizona. Images include logging operations, CCC camps, recreation, forest fires, and much more.

Why I broke the law for climate change

Read the full story in Nature.

Lawyer Farhana Yamin explains what drove her to civil disobedience after three decades of environmental advocacy for the IPCC, the United Nations and more.

Climate change expected to accelerate spread of sometimes-fatal fungal infection

Read the full story from the American Geophysical Union.

Valley fever is endemic to hot and dry regions like the southwestern United States and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but a new study predicts climate change will cause the fungal infection’s range to more than double in size this century, reaching previously unaffected areas across the western U.S.

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