Day: April 7, 2020

Webinar: Safe and Proper Use of Disinfectants & Household Cleaners

Thu, Apr 9, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM CDT
Register here.

Join us for a Tribal webinar hosted by the Partnership for Air Matters, with the Tribal Healthy Homes Network, the WA State Department of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control and Indian Health Service.

AIM: Reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in indoor environments by raising awareness of safe and proper use of cleaners, sanitizers and disinfectants.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Public health and community health professionals, including, environmental health and air quality professionals, and health care providers. This webinar is for tribal audiences, however, it is beneficial and open to all communities impacted by COVID-19.

‘No-waste’ Japanese village is a peek into carbon-neutral future

Read the full story from The Guardian.

For 20 years Kamikatsu has led the way in the world’s second biggest producer of plastic waste.

Grant Writing: How to Build Credibility with Your Budget Narrative

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Need statements, program narratives, and discussions of impact aren’t the only parts of a federal grant application that require the touch of a good writer. The budget narrative – sometimes called the budget justification or budget detail – can also benefit from a skilled wordsmith.

Here, though, the burden carried by the writer weighs heaviest in the areas of precision, thoroughness and organization – and less so in the areas of color and creativity.

What follows are budget narrative writing tips that have been curated from a wide range of federal agency resources.

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever hit back after damning plastics report

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever have reiterated their commitments to a creating a circular economy after a report said their plastic waste was contributing to climate change and harming the health of the world’s poorest people.

Land posing risk to first responders, neighbors to be site of solar farm

Read the full story from the Post Bulletin.

When the Elgin Fire Department was paged to a fire in Haverhill Township Monday evening, Fire Chief Craig Ziebell recognized the address.

One person was injured in the fire and multiple homes north of the site evacuated.

Olmsted County officials had notified the Elgin Fire Department last year that the abandoned 22-acre parcel of land at the 4600 block of 70th Ave. NE was a state-designated brownfield site with multiple health and environmental hazards.

The fire Monday is still under investigation. Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies, who arrived first on the scene assisted the injured man and later evacuated residents north of the site where the smoke was drifting.

During the response, Ziebell, aware of the hazardous materials that had been posed at the site, kept firefighters from getting too close to the fire to enter the smoke.

How Rem Koolhaas imagines a future beyond cities

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Before coronavirus shuttered museums across the country, the Guggenheim was home to one of the most unusual architecture exhibits of the year. Countryside, the Future explores how the world’s non-urban territories might one day be designed, and it is a collaboration between legendary architect Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, the director of AMO—Koolhaas’s practice’s research studio.

As the urban environment becomes more saturated (half of the world’s population currently calls cities home), designers are starting to consider what rural living might look like. Koolhaas’s show highlights the advancements that several countries have already made in developing the countryside. Before the museum closed, Co.Design spoke with Koolhaas and Bantal about the exhibit, why rural communities need investment, and why Trump is on the wrong side of history when it comes to climate change.

Recovery of Nano-Structured Silicon from End-Of-Life Photovoltaic Wafers with Value-Added Applications in Lithium-Ion Battery

Nicolas Eshraghi, et al. (2020). “Recovery of Nano-Structured Silicon from End-Of-Life Photovoltaic Wafers with Value-Added Applications in Lithium-Ion Battery.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering

Abstract: Millions of residential and industrial solar panels installed in the late 80s and early 90s are approaching the end of their life, resulting in the drastic accumulation of a potential source of environmental pollution – given the presence of hazardous materials, such as lead. The foreseen crisis, however, can be turned into a great opportunity by value-added recovery of precious solar-grade silicon (Si) to the highly desired nano-structured silicon for Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Herein, we demonstrate a potential end-of-life management option for photovoltaic (PV) panels, representing a step towards producing greener and more energy-efficient Si for batteries. We show that leaching the recovered silicon wafers in critically tuned alkali-acid leaching baths effectively removes the major impurities; lead (Pb), silver (Ag), and Aluminum (Al). The ultra-pure Si is then nano-sized via industrially scalable milling routes to meet the requirements of expansion-tolerant Si anodes for LIBs delivering capacities as high as 1400 mAh g-1.

USPTO launches the Expanding Innovation Hub, a new online platform to encourage greater participation in the patent system

Read the full post from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Today, as part of Women’s History Month, the USPTO has officially launched the Expanding Innovation Hub (“the Hub”), an online platform available on the USPTO website that provides resources for inventors and practitioners to encourage greater participation in the patent system. The new platform is yet another step the USPTO has taken to broaden the innovation ecosphere, to inspire novel inventions, to accelerate growth, and to drive America’s global competitive edge. It builds on our SUCCESS Act report to Congress of 2019, as well as our Progress and Potential report on women inventors.

An overview of solar photovoltaic panels’ end-of-life material recycling

Md. Shahariar Chowdhury, et al (2020). “An overview of solar photovoltaic panels’ end-of-life material recycling.” Energy Strategy Reviews 27, 100431. [open access]

Abstract: End-of-life (EOL) solar panels may become a source of hazardous waste although there are enormous benefits globally from the growth in solar power generation. Global installed PV capacity reached around 400 GW at the end of 2017 and is expected to rise further to 4500 GW by 2050. Considering an average panel lifetime of 25 years, the worldwide solar PV waste is anticipated to reach between 4%-14% of total generation capacity by 2030 and rise to over 80% (around 78 million tonnes) by 2050. Therefore, the disposal of PV panels will become a pertinent environmental issue in the next decades. Eventually, there will be great scopes to carefully investigate on the disposal and recycling of PV panels EOL. The EU has pioneered PV electronic waste regulations including PV-specific collection, recovery and recycling targets. The EU Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive entails all producers supplying PV panels to the EU market to finance the costs of collecting and recycling EOL PV panels in Europe. Lessons can be learned from the involvement of the EU in forming its regulatory framework to assist other countries develop locally apposite approaches. This review focused on the current status of solar panel waste recycling, recycling technology, environmental protection, waste management, recycling policies and the economic aspects of recycling. It also provided recommendations for future improvements in technology and policy making. At present, PV recycling management in many countries envisages to extend the duties of the manufacturers of PV materials to encompass their eventual disposal or reuse. However, further improvements in the economic viability, practicality, high recovery rate and environmental performance of the PV industry with respect to recycling its products are indispensable.

A Fishy Solution To Sustainable Wearable Tech

Read the full story at Asian Scientist.

Films derived from fish scales could represent a promising alternative for more sustainable flexible electronics, including wearables and folding displays.

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