Day: February 14, 2020

One way to reduce food waste and help the climate: build more grocery stores

Read the full story at Market Watch.

Boosting the number of grocery stores in a city could help cut down on food waste and mitigate the harmful effects of climate change, a new study suggests — all while reducing households’ grocery expenses.

Don’t Throw It Away – by Keb’ Mo’ with Taj Mahal

Some Friday blues about plastic pollution from the great Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal. Have a great weekend!

Scientific knowledge is drowning in a flood of research

Read the full story at Massive Science.

A comic about the problems with the -omics, illustrated by Matteo Farinella

World’s largest platform for air quality data launched at Tenth World Urban Forum

Read the full story from the UN Environment Programme.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with UN-Habitat and IQAir, a Swiss air quality technology company, today launched the world’s largest air quality data platform, bringing together real-time air pollution data from over 4,000 contributors, including citizens, communities, governments and the private sector to work towards healthier, more sustainable cities.

Launched at the Tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, this partnership – currently reaching over 15 million users and covering more than 7,000 cities worldwide – aims to sustain and grow the world’s foremost air quality databank.

The data, shared on a single, UN-coordinated platform, will empower governments to take action to improve policy, allow citizens to make more informed health choices and demand action from their governments, while giving businesses the ability to make investment decisions that promote a cleaner, greener environment.

Context-Based Decision Guide for Water Reuse and Recycling

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This guide is intended to accelerate internal conversations and decisions at the regional and facility level with regards to investments in advancing water stewardship

More than 7.5M pounds of batteries recycled in US in 2019

Read the full story at Waste Today.

Atlanta-based Call2Recycle Inc., a consumer battery stewardship organization, has reported that more than 7.5 million pounds of batteries were responsibly recycled in the U.S. in 2019. The Call2Reycle program achieved a 5 percent increase for all consumer batter recycled from 2018, with rechargeable battery collections growing 13 percent. Participating retail sites collected more than 3.3 million pounds of batteries, an increase of 7 percent from 2018, and municipalities collected more than 1.7 million pounds of batteries, an increase of 18 percent from 2018.

The Next Packaging Movement: Perrier reveals winners of its sustainable innovation program

Read the full story in Packaging Insights.

Nestlé’s French bottled water brand Perrier has launched The Next Packaging Movement, a sustainable innovation program to allow for better collaborative packaging solutions. Perrier selected three winners that address different aspects of packaging challenges, ranging from source materials, alternative solutions beyond the bottle and packaging end-of-life. With Perrier’s support, the projects aim to bring their solutions to market by 2025.

This new H&M dress is made from wood and recycled jeans

Read the full story at Fast Company.

The fabric, called Circulose, is a new innovation that lets old fabrics be turned into new thread.

The company bringing scientists into the gig economy

Read the full story in Nature.

Ashmita Das describes the ethos of her freelance-research platform, Kolabtree.

How a Twin Cities Suburb Has Led The Way With Permeable Pavement

Read the full story at Next City.

In 2007, water quality concerns in one lake among the (far) more than 10,000 that Minnesota is known for would become the spark that led to the largest stretch of permeable pavement in North America by 2009. Now, officials are hyping permeable pavement — a type of pavement that lets water flow through it rather than pooling on top of it — as a potential way to reduce ice without using road salt.

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