Day: November 20, 2019

New EPA Rules Aim to Reduce Toxic Emissions. But Many “Cancer Alley” Chemical Plants Won’t Have to Change.

Read the full story from ProPublica.

The proposed rules reducing emissions across the country would not apply to many of Louisiana’s chemical plants. These facilities release tons of dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals like ethylene oxide, and more plants are on the way.

Business School Students Are Putting the Planet Before Profits

Read the full story in BusinessWeek.

MBA programs are grappling with how to teach students about climate change.

Hyatt is eliminating travel-sized plastic toiletries

Read the full story from CNN Business.

Hyatt is the latest international hotel brand to ditch travel-sized toiletries from its rooms, following Holiday Inn-owner InterContinental Group and Marriott International.

This U.S. startup is making vodka from CO2

Read the full story at The Drinks Business.

A drinks startup in New York is hoping to combat CO2 emissions by selling vodka distilled with carbon dioxide instead of yeast.

RSPO chief on palm oil boycotts, brand responsibility, and the need to ‘rethink’ retail

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Retailers, brands, and their marketeers are ‘not doing enough’ to promote sustainably driven purchasing decisions in-store, RSPO CEO Datuk Darrel Webber tells FoodNavigator: “Sustainable products have to be front-and-centre to help consumers loosen their purse strings.”

Sanofi reduces chemical, water use more than 90% with continuous manufacturing

Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive.

Sanofi’s new manufacturing plant in Framingham, Massachusetts, will produce 80% less carbon dioxide emissions compared to the company’s first-generation facility and will reduce water and chemical usage by 91% and 94%, respectively, according to details released by the company.​

The company’s new facility opened last month and uses continuous manufacturing, a process that promises to speed up drug development. It called it “one of the world’s first,” in the release.

Sanofi says the facility will connect research and development processes with production, which it says will speed up the time to market for new medication.

Minneapolis Seeks to Recycle, Compost 80% of Waste

Read the full story at Waste360.

Over the next three years, the city will collect data to determine how to improve citywide waste disposal.

Wind and solar can save the planet — can they save our water supply, too?

Read the full story from Grist.

Solar panels and wind turbines are lifelines to any non-apocalyptic version of the future. They’ll help us keep the lights on, the air breathable, and the planet inhabitable. But while the climate and health benefits of wind and solar are well known, they have another, underappreciated feature that could come in handy in our inevitably warmer, drier future: They don’t rely on water.

A new study published in Nature Communications explores how this often overlooked benefit could help alleviate water scarcity and improve food security during a drought. The paper looks at California, where surface water — the kind found in rivers and lakes — is shared between hydropower facilities that produce electricity and farmers downstream who use it for irrigation. During a drought, there’s less surface water available, forcing farmers to turn to the groundwater found in aquifers to water their crops. After a recent five-year dry spell where groundwater was being pumped out faster than it could be replenished, California’s aquifers are now depleted.

Cap and Trade Is Supposed to Solve Climate Change, but Oil and Gas Company Emissions Are Up

Read the full story from ProPublica.

Countries have called California’s cap-and-trade program the answer to climate change. But it is just as vulnerable to lobbying as any other legislation. The result: The state’s biggest oil and gas companies have actually polluted more since it started.

RBC, Argonne National Laboratory to Advance Battery Recycling

Read the full story from Waste360.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019; best practices will be available for battery manufacturers, OEMs and recyclers.

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