Day: February 5, 2020

Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health

Read the full story at e360.

A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

People will not trust unkind science

Read the full story in Nature.

A mean and aggressive research working culture threatens the public’s respect for scientists and their expertise, says Gail Cardew.

How to: plan a journalism project that needs data entry

Read the full post at the Online Journalism Blog. Applies to any data entry project.

Data-driven reporting regularly involves some form of data entry — some of the stories I’ve been involved with, for example, have included entering information from Freedom of Information (FOI) requestscompiling data from documents such as companies’ accounts, or working with partners to collect information from a range of sources.

But you’ll rarely hear the challenges of managing these projects discussed in resources on data journalism.

Last week I delivered a session on exactly those challenges to a factchecking team in Albania, so I thought it might be useful to share the tips from that session here.

They include some steps to take to reduce the likelihood of problems arising, while also helping to ensure a data entry project takes as little time as possible.

General Mills earns spot on sustainability A List

Read the full story in Food Business News.

General Mills, Inc. earned a place on the CDP’s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project’s) ‘A List’ for both climate change and water security.

Scientists hope to win global competition with concrete that incorporates and reduces carbon dioxide emissions

Read the full story from Cronkite News.

Scientists are racing to develop a concrete solution to the planet’s ever-growing greenhouse gas problem by actually trapping mineralized carbon dioxide in concrete. A UCLA research team hopes to win the $20 million Carbon XPrize with an innovation that aims to reduce some of the 37 billion tons of CO2 that are released around the globe each year, according to a 2018 estimate.

The team’s concrete wouldn’t absorb CO2 already in the atmosphere, but it would turn industrial emissions into carbonates and incorporate them into the cement, as well as CO2 emissions released during the production of the concrete itself.

Taking the green run – Italian ski resort bans plastic

Read the full story in Reuters.

“Abandon plastic all ye who enter here,” reads a sign at the Pejo 3000 ski resort, which says it is the first in Italy to ban all plastic cups, spoons and straws.

Sustainable Retail: How Gen Z Is Leading The Pack

Read the full story in Forbes.

According to this November 2019 Fortune story, CSB found 50 percent of sales growth among consumer packaged goods (CPG) between 2013 and 2018 came from sustainability-marketed products, despite the fact such goods account for just under 17 percent of the market. CSB Director Tensie Whelan told Fortune, “Across virtually every category of consumer packaged goods, sustainability is where the growth is, which I think tells you something about where consumers are… if you look at our data there is a massive shift in the last five years.”

Boeing’s assembly plant is shuttered amid 737 MAX crisis. Now the company has a falcon problem.

Read the full story in the Seattle Times.

Dark days are afoot at Boeing’s Renton assembly plant.

The 737 MAX remains grounded, some workers have shuffled off to other job sites and headlines about engineering problems linger after crashes killed hundreds.

But with production of the troubled jet on hold, the company hopes for one last flight — from the creatures who invented the concept.

For about four years, a pair of peregrine falcons has been nesting inside the massive factory where the 737 MAX is assembled, making their home on metal girders several stories above workers. The raptors feed on pigeons and starlings unfortunate enough to flutter through hangar doors.

Biomimicry Explained with Drawings & Examples

Sustainability Illustrated presents the concept of Biomimicry:

Bio means life; mimicry means imitate. So biomimicry is the practice of imitating life. It looks to Nature to provide inspiration and direction to sustainably solve our most pressing challenges; it’s innovation inspired by nature. Read the book by Janine Benyus Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.

‘It was like a movie’: the high school students who uncovered a toxic waste scandal

Read the full story in The Guardian.

In the 90s, an inspirational teacher and his students uncovered corruption and illegal dumping in their backyard. Nearly 30 years on, is Middletown still at risk?

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