Day: February 6, 2020

Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills

Read the full story from Bloomberg News.

Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives.

As tensions rise along the U.S.-Mexico border, cross-border ecosystems suffer

Read the full story at Ensia.

Safety concerns, decreased funding and tightened border policies are inhibiting efforts to understand and protect biodiversity in fragile ecosystems that don’t know or care what country they’re in

Citizen scientists get snappy to monitor bushfire-ravaged environment

Read the full story at Phys.org.

Forget Instagram—UNSW Sydney researchers are urging citizen scientists to use their mobile phones for a good cause: to monitor the recovery of bushfire-affected plants and animals for the Environment Recovery Project which will inform future research.

Why Clouds Are the Key to New Troubling Projections on Warming

Read the full story at e360.

Recent climate models project that a doubling of atmospheric CO2 above pre-industrial levels could cause temperatures to soar far above previous estimates. A warming earth, researchers now say, will lead to a loss of clouds, allowing more solar energy to strike the planet.

Report looks at creating a sustainable future for European dairy

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

A new report has analyzed the challenges and opportunities across the value chain of the European dairy sector.

T-9.4 SWANA Technical Policy: The Long-term Management of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

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SWANA supports the following policy positions related to the long-term management (LTM) of municipal solid waste landfills:

Following termination of regulatory post-closure care (PCC) period, as recommended in T-9.3 Termination of Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Post-Closure Care Requirements, there should be provisions or institutional controls satisfactory to state, provincial or local regulatory agencies to provide LTM for closed landfills to ensure the final landfill cover system and other environmental control systems are effective in continuing to be protective of human health and the environment. These provisions may be developed through instruments, such as deed restrictions, environmental covenants (such as those in compliance with the Unified Environmental Covenants Act), and/or a maximum of standard landfill regulatory oversight, to be determined on a case-by-case basis, based in part on the risk potential of the landfill.

Regulatory agencies and landfill owner/operator should recognize that there are potential costs associated with facilities in LTM, including but not limited to inspections to verify the integrity of the landfill cover system and other environmental control systems, and/or corrective actions. Provisions identifying responsible parties for these costs should exist on a case-by-case basis as determined by the regulatory agency, landfill owner /operator, and/or host community, as applicable.

The LTM of a landfill facility may cease provided all parties involved (owner, municipality and state and provincial regulatory agencies) agree that based on site-specific data, that the organic or functionally stabilized waste mass poses an acceptable level of risk to potential receptors

Guidelines for sampling and analysis of PFAS under NYDEC’s Part 375 Remedial Programs

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) performs or oversees sampling of environmental media and subsequent analysis of PFAS as part of remedial programs implemented under 6 NYCRR Part 375. To ensure consistency in sampling, analysis and reporting of PFAS, DER has developed this document to summarize procedures and update previous DER technical guidance
pertaining to PFAS.

Advancing America’s Climate Leadership

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In a new report , the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) examines notable climate policy approaches for their impact on renewable energy growth and investment, including a federal high-penetration renewable energy standard or clean energy standard, a technology-neutral tax credit, and carbon pricing regimes.

The report helps lay the groundwork for implementation as ACORE offers policy design recommendations and identifies complementary measures to ready the electric grid for the higher levels of renewable energy penetration necessary to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions.

The basics of cleaning and sanitation in food plants

Read the full story in Food Engineering.

A comprehensive cleaning and sanitation program is necessary to prevent contamination, control allergens and meet regulatory requirements.

Native Species or Invasive? The Distinction Blurs as the World Warms

Read the full story at e360.

With thousands of species on the move as the climate changes, a growing number of scientists say that the dichotomy between native and alien species has become an outdated concept and that efforts must be made to help migrating species adapt to their new habitats.

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