Day: January 16, 2020

New polymer material may help batteries become self-healing, recyclable

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

Lithium-ion batteries are notorious for developing internal electrical shorts that can ignite a battery’s liquid electrolytes, leading to explosions and fires. Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a solid polymer-based electrolyte that can self-heal after damage – and the material can also be recycled without the use of harsh chemicals or high temperatures.

The new study, which could help manufacturers produce recyclable, self-healing commercial batteries, is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

How communities worldwide are going zero waste

Read the full story in Shareable.

Communities worldwide are committing to wasting less and reusing more. If you are too, read on to learn and be inspired by examples communities coming together to create innovative strategies for getting to zero waste. From household cleaners to fabric scraps, these creative projects are taking waste reduction to the next level.

Turning food waste into plastic-free packaging: International project upcycles shellfish to tackle plastic pollution

Read the full story in Food Navigator.

An international collaboration project, the Celtic Crustacean Collaboration, is working to develop a new plastic-free food packaging material from food waste.

How gender stereotypes affect pro-environment behavior

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

New research finds that certain green behaviors are linked with masculine and feminine stereotypes.

The President Who Wanted Us to Stop Climate Change

Read the full story in Slate.

If only we’d listened to Jimmy Carter on renewables, consumption, and transportation.

How to prevent city climate action from becoming ‘green gentrification’

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans 14 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs, homes and possessions. But some people were hit harder than others. Nearly two-thirds of jobs lost after the hurricane were lost by women, and nearly 80 percent of the population of flooded neighborhoods were people of color.

Cities account for nearly 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions (PDF) and many, such as New Orleans, are experiencing more instances of extreme weather, heat, droughts and flooding due to climate change. Climate change negatively affects poor communities, women, people with disabilities, indigenous groups and other marginalized populations the most. That’s why it’s so important for cities tackling climate change to engage with these frontline communities in the designing of actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

A new set of resources from WRI and C40 provides a roadmap for cities to assess equity in their climate action planning process — because urban climate action can help to address injustices inherent in climate change, but only if city governments put people at the center of their climate action planning process.

A Field Guide for the Entire 21st Century

Read the full story in The Atlantic.

A new project reveals not just where birds live now—but where they’ll live decades from now.

EPA’s proposed ‘secret science’ rule directly threatens children’s health

Read the full story at the Conversation.

The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial proposals is known as the “secret science” rule because it would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, in order for their findings to be considered in shaping regulations.

This proposal would drastically limit what kinds of scientific and medical research the Environmental Protection Agency can draw on as it makes policy. According to press reports, an EPA advisory panel with many members appointed by President Trump has criticized the rule, saying it will do little to increase transparency and may limit what kinds of research get done.

As director of a center on urban health, I study issues including human exposure to toxic substances such as lead and mercury. Confidential patient information is a key resource for my work. If the secret science rule is enacted, I believe that children’s health will suffer as a direct result.

These Reporters Rely on Public Data, Rather Than Secret Sources

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Internet sleuths who piece together stories from available data, a practice known as open-source journalism, have helped identify the white nationalists who assaulted counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Va.unmask the Russian intelligence officers who the British government said tried to kill a fellow Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, England; and show that the suspects in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul included associates of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince.

With its emphasis on raw facts, open-source journalism has an immediacy that is effective at a time when readers all along the ideological spectrum have become skeptical of the news media.

As the planet warms, unusual crops could become climate saviors — if we’re willing to eat them

Read the full story at Ensia.

What role can lesser-known crops that thrive under adversity play in efforts to make our global food supply more resilient to climate change?

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