Day: December 9, 2019

For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics

Read the full story from the University of Washington.

A new experiment has found that some corals are more likely to eat microplastics when they are consuming other food, yet microplastics alone are undesirable.

Natural Gas Rush Drives a Global Rise in Fossil Fuel Emissions

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

Often talked about as a ‘bridge fuel’ to renewable energy, natural gas and LNG are instead boosting fossil fuel use, a new study shows.

Water management grows farm profits

Read the full story from the American Society of Agronomy.

Water management techniques that lead to the optimal use of limited resources are not well-identified. Yet. Matt Yost, a researcher at Utah State University, is working to find the best combination of practices to maximize yield, profit, and water efficiency.

Culture Building with ENERGY STAR® Energy Treasure Hunts

Read the full story at Compressed Air Best Practices.

There are many reasons why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Energy Treasure Hunts have proven successful in helping companies save energy and natural resources, but one that rises to the top is their ability to build a culture of energy efficiency throughout an organization.

Vermont Doubles Down on Wood Burning, with Consequences for Climate and Health

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

Vermont is turning to its most abundant resource to help meet its renewable energy targets. But the bar for ‘carbon neutral’ may be higher than even skeptics think.

Coal Ash Is Still Polluting Kentucky’s Green River

Read the full story from WFPL.

Often, pollution is invisible. It’s in the exhaust particles we breathe walking past traffic, or the traces of mercury in Kentucky fish. But at the Green Station Landfill in Webster County, it’s obvious.

At times, the coal ash leachate shimmers black like an oil slick. At other times, it oozes chemical green. Sometimes, it stains the soil the color of rusted molasses. And in videos, the coal ash liquids trickle off the landfill like teal glacial waters leaving behind a pale salty residue.

This mixture, containing elevated levels of carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals, is seeping from the Green Station Landfill into the Green River toward its confluence with the Ohio.

Marine-Friendly Materials Gaining Traction As Plastic Ocean Pollution Controversy Washes Ashore

Read the full story at JD Supra.

Movements are afoot to create natural, alternative materials to plastic which are being incorporated into many different products (read our recent post about innovative sustainable materials). Plastic waste that is being harvested from oceans is also being recycled and reused.

What do consumers want for the holidays? A better environment

Read the full story in Retail Dive.

Shoppers are opting to buy from retailers that support sustainability and other social issues.

‘Our mission is to change the whole of the chocolate industry and we want to do that by leading by example’

Read the full story at Confectionery News.

Paul Schoenmakers, head of impact and the person driving Tony’s Chocolonely’s sustainability programme, talks exclusively to ConfectioneryNews on business growth, legislation and doing the right thing in the cocoa sector.

Optimizing Boilers at Spoetzl Brewery

Read the full story at Compressed Air Best Practices.

Craft brewers, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. beer-making industry, are generally defined as smaller brewers using an innovative mix of traditional and new ingredients and techniques to produce no more than 6 million barrels annually.

Spoetzl Brewery is the nation’s fourth largest craft brewer, and although founded 102 years ago, the Shiner TX-based company uses the latest, most efficient technologies – along with its traditional, time-tested beer production protocols – to make its range of popular Shiner beer brands. Among the advanced brewing technologies Spoetzl uses are two Miura ultra-low NOx modular on-demand steam boilers, which provide multiple advantages for the unique needs of the craft-brewing industry.

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