Day: September 27, 2019

Meet the other Greta Thunbergs at the first-ever U.N. Youth Climate Summit

Read the full story from Grist.

Less than 24 hours after young people took to the streets for what was probably the largest climate protest in history, hundreds of youth organizers and young environmental leaders from around the world were up bright and early Saturday morning at the U.N. headquarters in New York City for the first-ever Youth Climate Summit.

A few notable names such as Greta Thunberg, Jamie Margolin, Alexandria Villaseñor, and Isra Hirsi held court in busy U.N. halls and chambers, giving media interviews and demanding that world leaders take climate action. But in quieter corners of the U.N. complex, where people weren’t flocking, Grist spoke to a handful of unknown Gretas who are fighting no less vigorously than Thunberg for climate action.

CRISPR might be the banana’s only hope against a deadly fungus

Read the full story in Nature.

Researchers are using the gene-editing tool to boost the fruit’s defences and prevent the extinction of a major commercial variety.

5 Unexpected Items You Can Borrow At Chicago’s New Tool Library

Read the full story from WBEZ.

If you’ve ever needed a wheelbarrow, power washer or slow cooker — but didn’t want to cough up the cash — a unique new private “library” is here to help.

The volunteer-run Chicago Tool Library officially opened Aug. 11 at 1048 W 37th St. in Bridgeport.

This public park is a model for urban design in the age of climate crisis

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Home to “New York City’s newest island,” Hunter’s Point South is a city-funded park that offers lessons for cities struggling with rising tides.

Congress Eyes PFAS Military Ban Despite White House, Industry Pushback

Read the full story in the National Journal.

Lawmakers are aiming to polish off annual defense policy legislation in the coming days, and provisions to ban military use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams are provoking the ire of President Trump and chemical producers.

To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution

Read the full story in the Guardian.

Big tech claims AI and digitization will bring a better future. But putting computers everywhere is bad for people and the planet

Learn to do data journalism and visualization using free tools in new trilingual MOOC; Register now

Read the full story from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

In its biggest and most thorough massive open online course (MOOC) to date, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas has teamed up with nine experts to teach students how to produce compelling stories using data and visualization.

Data Journalism and Visualization with Free Tools,” is a six-week course offered with support from the Google News Initiative and taught in English, Spanish and Portuguese simultaneously. It will run from Oct. 14 to Nov. 24, so register today!

SEIA aims for solar installations to grow 18% per year through 2030

Read the full story in PV Magazine.

SEIA worked with 100 leaders in the solar and storage industries to develop a 12-year strategic plan, which covers all the bases. Yet funding is inadequate to pursue all strategies immediately, so some strategies must wait.

Engineers create ways to keep stone waste out of landfills

Read the full story from the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus.

Using polymers and natural stone slurry waste, researchers are manufacturing environmentally friendly stone composites. These new composites are made of previously discarded materials left behind during the cutting of natural structural or ornamental blocks for buildings, construction supplies or monuments. While reusing the waste material of natural stone production is common in cement, tile and concrete, adding the stone slurry to polymers is a new and innovative idea, explains an engineering professor.

Allbirds to Amazon: Don’t steal our design, steal our sustainable practices

Amazon is notorious for brazenly making cheaper lookalikes of popular products on the market, from Warby Parker glasses to the Instant Pot. The retail giant’s latest target? Allbirds, the three-year-old shoe company that has made sustainability the cornerstone of its growing sneaker empire.

Last week Amazon’s in-house shoe brand, 206 Collective, launched a shoe called the “Galen,” a wool-blend sneaker with a foam sole that looks remarkably close to Allbirds’ flagship product, the Wool Runner. Amazon’s version comes in grey, with either a white or grey sole, making the resemblance even more obvious, since these are two of Allbirds’ best-known color combinations. (Amazon declined to comment for this story.) But while Allbirds’ sells its sneaker for $95, Amazon’s version sells for $45.

Joey Zwillinger, Allbirds cofounder and co-CEO, responded to Amazon in an interview with Co.Design. It’s not the similarities in design that bother him most; it’s the fact that Amazon did not go so far as to copy Allbirds’ stringent sustainability practices. While he’d prefer that Amazon not copy Allbirds’s design at all, he’s encouraging the brand to borrow freely from his company’s eco-friendly supply chain practices, including some of the sustainable new materials Allbirds has invented.

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