Day: February 25, 2020

WA lawmakers want to fund solutions for healthier soil — and less gassy cows

Read the full story on Crosscut.

Bipartisan proposals before the Washington Legislature would help scientists learn about storing carbon in agricultural soils and invest in GPS-guided tractors and climate-friendly cattle feed.

Nutrients limit carbon uptake to slow climate change

Read the full story from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Nitrogen and phosphorus found in soils are limiting the amount of carbon uptake stored in plants and soils, but maps of where this occurs across the globe are lacking.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and international collaborators have developed a framework for testing nutrient limitations and a benchmark of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) limitation for models to be used for predictions of the terrestrial carbon sink. The research is published in the Feb. 10 edition of Nature Geoscience.

Majority of US adults believe climate change is most important issue today

Read the full story from the American Psychological Association.

As the effects of climate change become more evident, more than half of US adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change, according to a new poll.

What if we just made sure the air was clean in schools?

Read the full story in Fast Company.

A new study finds that installing a $700 air filter in a classroom can create huge bumps in test scores.

Sustainable reverse supply chains and circular economy in multichannel retail returns.

Frei, R, Jack, L, Krzyzaniak, S‐A. Sustainable reverse supply chains and circular economy in multichannel retail returns. Bus Strat Env. 2020; 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.2479

Abstract: The percentage of products being returned in multichannel retail are high and further increasing, yet many retailers and manufacturers are unaware of the importance and scale of this issue. They consider dealing with returns as a cost of doing business and are oblivious of the potential for conflicts between their corporate social responsibility commitments and their returns practices. This article investigates how far sustainable practices and circular economy concepts have been implemented in retail returns systems; it identifies vulnerabilities, barriers, and challenges to the implementation of sustainable, circular practices and suggests ways to overcome them, as sustainability, loss prevention, and profit optimisation can go hand in hand with the right approach to the organisation of the reverse supply chain. Implications of this research on strategic management are outlined. The research was conducted using in‐depth interviews and observations with four major retailers in the United Kingdom, 17 structured interviews, 100 retailer website reviews, and three retail community workshops, all with British and other European retailers.

Toxic Air: The Price of Fossil Fuels

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This report reveals the cost of air pollution from fossil fuels and highlights solutions that can protect our health and benefit our communities. Air pollution generated by burning fossil fuels is attributed to approximately 4.5 million premature deaths worldwide every year, the report shows. Air pollution increases the incidence of chronic and acute illnesses and contributes to millions of hospital visits and billions of work absences due to illness each year. It also damages our economies and the environment.

More than a fluke – How citizen science programmes are shaping the future of Antarctica

Read the full story in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Two hundred years after the discovery of the white continent, polar tourism is booming – along with an interest in science.

New report examines effectiveness of water filters to remove PFAS

Read the full story in Water Quality Products.

Researchers investigated the effectiveness of point-of-use and point-of-entry water filters in removing emerging contaminants such as PFAS

Danone invests in food waste start-up Phenix: ‘We can reinvent tomorrow’s food system’

Read the full story in Food Navigator.

Danone Manifesto Ventures is investing in French waste reduction start-up Phenix in a move that will see the food waste pioneer expand its consumer and business-to-business reach.

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