Day: November 25, 2019

Rare bird’s detection highlights promise of ‘environmental DNA’

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Researchers are increasingly using traces of genetic material in the wild to track endangered species.

Sustainable use of recycled waste glass as an alternative material for building construction – A review

T O Ogundairo et al 2019 IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science Enginteering 640 012073. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/640/1/012073/pdf

Abstract: The construction industry requires the extraction of natural aggregates and cement in large quantities for new developments and maintenance of buildings and engineering infrastructures. However, extraction of these large quantities of natural resources has resulted in
continuous depletion of earth’s natural resources which may lead to environmental degradation. Waste glass can be recycled as a replacement for natural aggregates and cement, therefore, reducing the amount of waste glass dumped in the landfill, and making exploration of natural aggregates unattractive and also reducing the emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Conversely, perception on using recycled waste glass for construction is that an increase in cost will be witnessed and may not be as effective as natural aggregates but with more sophisticated research this perception is declining. This paper reviews recycled waste glass, the standards, and sustainable uses of waste glass as a construction material. As the world population continues to increase, including an increase in the standard of living, the volume of generated glass waste will only continue to increase. However, it is important that we need to understand more about the use of recycle waste material such as glass in construction. The use of recycled waste materials in building construction is viewed as a sustainable way of managing wastes and preserving the environment from further degradation

Kroger to launch in-store produce farms

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Kroger will bring miniature hydroponic produce farms to its stores this month, according to a company release. The produce farms, built and maintained by Infarm, will launch at two of Kroger’s QFC locations in Bellevue and Kirkland, Washington, with plans for 13 more locations by March 2020, according to Bloomberg.

Infarm will use hydroponic technology to grow produce on-site at the QFC stores, removing the need for transportation and storage of parsley, cilantro and other greens.​ Retailers pay Infarm a service fee for the produce itself as well as planting and preparing it for sale, Bloomberg reported

Kroger says its in-store farms with Infarm will produce a more eco-friendly product and the freshest seasonal produce. Suzy Monford, Kroger’s vice president of fresh, told Bloomberg that the greens will only need attention from associates once or twice a week and will not sell for more than Kroger’s existing private label organic produce.

The Hartman Group: How are consumers talking about social responsibility and sustainability?

Read the full story in Food Navigator.

When it comes to the health of the planet and social wellbeing of the population, consumers feel they have less of an impact as an individual and that large companies and government organizations have a bigger role to play, according to new research from The Hartman Group,

Climate Science Research in the United States and U.S. Territories

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Climate Science Research in the United States and U.S. Territories: Survey of Scientific Publications From Selected Public Universities (2014-2018) provides a snapshot of the scope and focus of climate science-related research in selected public research institutions over the last five years across all 50 states and U.S. territories. NCSE analyzed the research of 80 public institutions from all 50 states and found that they had produced 10,004 studies on the impacts of climate change on their regions between 2014 and 2018. This report serves to make locally-relevant climate scholarship accessible to decision-makers in a rigorous and nonpartisan manner.

The report found a widespread focus on the science of climate impacts, and the regional breakdowns show that public university scientists are investigating locally relevant topics, making their work particularly important to guiding local policy in sectors ranging from agriculture to forestry to medicine. The report is intended as a resource to help decision-makers recognize the local salience of climate change and to develop policies that are responsive to the challenges facing their regions.

Editor’s Plate: Food and Beverage Companies Absent From Climate Action Pact

Read the full story from Food Processing.

Why isn’t your company’s name up there with Danone, Nestlé and Unilever?

Why indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge are vital to protecting future global biodiversity

Read the full story at Ensia.

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published the most comprehensive study ever conducted into the state of the world’s nature. Drawing on some 15,000 sources, it reported to governments that some 1 million plant and animal species were threatened with extinction by human activities. It found nature declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history.

But it also recognized that indigenous peoples like the U’wa who hold traditional knowledge about how to protect nature are vital to protect future global biodiversity.

“They are often better placed than scientists to provide information on local biodiversity and environmental change, and are important contributors to the governance of biodiversity from local to global levels,” the IPBES noted.

Flood-Prepared Communities

Pew Research’s Flood-Prepared Communities Project aims to reduce the impacts of floods and hurricanes on communities through policies that will modernize federal flood insurance, mitigate disasters, prioritize investments in flood-ready infrastructure, and promote nature-based solutions. The site includes case studies, issue briefs, upcoming events, and video.

From clean label reformulation to plastic-free packaging: Algaia says seaweed ‘ticks all the boxes’

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French ingredients supplier Algaia is leaning in on the innovation that can be delivered utilising seaweed to produce ‘more sustainable’ and ‘tastier’ products.

Fleury Michon cuts food waste with forecasting technology: ‘The supply chain is getting shorter and shorter’

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French deli and ready meal supplier Fleury Michon has implemented forecasting technology from FuturMaster to help anticipate future demand and the daily production requirements for its cold meats, ready meals and snacks.

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