Day: February 4, 2020

Inside Adidas’s ambitious plan to end plastic waste by 2030

Read the full story in Fast Company.

It’s a road map that the rest of the fashion industry should follow.

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

Read the full story from PBS Newshour.

A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and the devastating blow of an offshore oil spill 10 years ago.

Climate And Floodwaters Are Top Of Mind For Some Iowa Voters

Read the full story from NPR.

For many voters, concern over flooding and climate change guide, in part, which candidate they will back. Nationwide, climate change ranks as a top concern for Democratic voters, according to a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll last month.

Why those cards about reusing hotel towels are so effective

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Designers are expert at subtly encouraging users to make one decision over another. Psychologists call it “the nudge.”

Elephants are falling into trenches on Indian tea plantations

Read the full story in National Geographic.

For adult elephants, drainage ditches in tea gardens generally aren’t a life-threatening hazard, but if the trenches are deep enough, babies can stumble into them and get stuck, injuring themselves and sometimes dying.

Google’s New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites

Read the full story from Conde Nast Traveler.

Google has launched a new tool that allows anyone with an internet connection to virtually monitor climate change at five of the world’s most precious cultural sites.

The project, called “Heritage on the Edge,” uses 3D mapping and other photo tools to capture images of World Heritage Sites that can be used for conservation support and raising awareness with tourists and the general public. Among the five heritage sites that were mapped are Rapa Nui (Easter Island); Kilwa Kisiwani on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland; Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh; and the ancient city of Chan Chan in Peru. All five have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The goal of the effort, Google says, is to “shine a light on the diverse impacts of climate change on cultural monuments and sites.”

NASA forest structure mission releases first data

Read the full story at Phys.org.

NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation mission (GEDI) released its first publicly available data on January 21, 2020, giving researchers access to measurements of forests around the world.

Study verifies a missing piece to urban air quality puzzle

Read the full story from Carnegie Mellon University.

Air quality models have long failed to accurately predict atmospheric levels of secondary organic aerosol, which comprises a substantial fraction of the fine particulate matter in cities. But CMU researchers have found a missing source of emissions that may explain roughly half of that SOA, closing much of the model-measurement gap.

Crab-shell and seaweed compounds spin into yarns for sustainable and functional materials

Read the full story from Aalto University.

Researchers from Aalto University, the University of São Paulo and the University of British Columbia have found a way to make a new kind of fibre from a combination of chitin nanoparticles, extracted from residual blue crab shells and alginate, a compound found in seaweed. This new bio-based material is sturdy and has antimicrobial properties.

Software Company Launches Environmental Impact Calculator

Read the full story at Waste360.

Makor Solutions recently launched its Customer Impact Portal to automate the complex process of asset recovery and e-waste recycling.

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