Day: October 17, 2019

Special Report: ‘Forever chemicals’ in Rantoul groundwater

FoxIllinois reports on the possible environmental impacts of PFAS on the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.

In Rural Illinois, It Takes Green To Go Green

WNIJ explores the difficulties faced by rural communities in Illinois as they try to implement recycling programs.

This Founder’s Startup Has Saved the Fashion Industry Over 2 Million Gallons of Water

Read the full story at The Rising.

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. Especially with the popularization of fast fashion, where clothes are cheaply made and consequently thrown out after minimal use, the environment is taking a serious hit from clothing manufacturing. A 2017 study discovered that in 2015, 79 billion cubic meters of water were used by the fashion industry, enough to fill 32 million Olympic-sized swimming pools. Though companies like Nike, Adidas, and H&M have taken stabs at sustainability, consumers seem to be shifting to a different approach in addressing this environmental crisis: thrifting. Among Poshmark and other formidable competitors in the digital thrifting market, Relovv, founded by entrepreneur Alexandra Shadrow, looks to show fashion can be done sustainably.

Lakes worldwide are experiencing more severe algal blooms

Read the full story from the Carnegie Institution for Science.

The intensity of summer algal blooms has increased over the past three decades, according to a first-ever global survey of dozens of large, freshwater lakes. Researchers used 30 years of data from the Landsat 5 near-Earth satellite and created a partnership with Google Earth Engine to reveal long-term trends in summer algal blooms in 71 large lakes in 33 countries on six continents.

Study to assess farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff

Read the full story in the Times-Union.

As Vermont works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain as mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nearly $2 million in federal funding will go toward a study to look at how farm efforts are working to improve water quality, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced Tuesday.

L’Oréal to launch paper-based cosmetic tubes in 2020

Read the full story from Cosmetic Design Europe.

French beauty major L’Oréal has co-developed paper-based cosmetic tubes with global packaging firm Albéa and says industrial production and a market launch for skin care will happen next year.

Study finds topsoil is key harbinger of lead exposure risks for children

Read the full story from Tulane University.

Tracking lead levels in soil over time is critical for cities to determine lead contamination risks for their youngest and most vulnerable residents, according to a new study.

Achieving a safe and just future for the ocean economy

Read the full story from the University of British Columbia.

Much attention has been given to the growth of the ‘Blue Economy’ — a term which refers to the sustainable use of ocean and marine resources for economic growth, jobs, and improved livelihoods. Ocean resources are viewed as lucrative areas for increased investment, including in fisheries, aquaculture, bio-prospecting, renewable energy, oil and gas, and other businesses. Ensuring that socially equitable and sustainable development occurs should be the mandate of governments and industry, maintain an international group of researchers, led by UBC.

Launching the Digital Collections Management Compendium

Read the full story from the Library of Congress.

Over the past two years, my colleagues and I in the Digital Content Management section have been working with experts from across many divisions of the Library of Congress to collate and assemble guidance and policy that guide or reflect the practices that the Library uses to manage digital collections. I am excited to share that today the results of that work have launched as the Digital Collections Management Compendium (DCMC).

The Library’s digital holdings, which encompass all sorts of digital content and about 16 Petabytes of storage, have grown selectively, but dramatically, over the last three decades. While the number of digital collections, file formats, and both digitized as well as born-digital content has proliferated, so have collection management strategies developed and evolved. In the last few years, with the establishment of the Digital StrategyDigital Collecting Plan, and the staffing of the Digital Content Management section, along with ongoing digital preservation and collection management activities, many of us across the Library have been working to refine and systematize practices for how we manage all types of digital content in the collections. The most recent outcome of this work is a new DCMC section of the website that presents general policies and practices for digital content management. This resource is primarily a policy resource for staff at the Library of Congress, but we are also sharing it openly and publicly as a resource for colleagues at other institutions. As suggested in the Digital Strategy, we aim to model openness in our practices, to share expertise, and to “drive momentum in our [digital library] communities.”

Open for Business: The Trump Revolution on America’s Public Lands

Read the full story at e360.

The Trump administration is systematically remaking U.S. policies toward public lands, moving aggressively to open protected areas for development – from the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, to the red rock country of Utah, to the nation’s largest national forest in Alaska.

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