Day: April 23, 2020

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) makes the connection between religion and ecology and mobilizes faith communities to act. ICSD works on a global basis, with current engagement in Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Europe.

Their focus for 2020 is on the The Seminary Faith and Ecology Project, which engages divinity schools, seminaries, and schools of theology and encourages them to educate their students on the relationship between religion and ecology and work to upgrade the capacity of emerging clergy to speak to ecological issues. They have produced several reports as a result of the project, including:

The project has also developed a searchable syllabus collection for courses related to the link between ecology and faith and on ecology in the Bible, Theology, and Ethics.

Buzzy Brands With Sustainability in Mind

Read the full story in Women’s Wear Daily.

In California, trendy, thriving brands like Youth to the People have been incorporating sustainability into their ethos from the start.

Trump (Sort of) Accepted Covid-19 Modeling. Don’t Expect the Same on Climate Change.

Read the full story in Inside Climate Change.

Inherent uncertainties make climate modeling an easy target for the president and others who downplay the impact of Covid-19 or deny global warming.

24 Million Pounds Of Strawberries Each Week Might Get Thrown In The Trash

Read the full story at LAist.

California produces the majority of strawberries in the U.S. The state’s sixth most lucrative agricultural commodity2.5 billion pounds were harvested in 2018.

This time of year is particularly important for farms, as strawberry season is peaking in the next few weeks. But because coronavirus is peaking at the same time, a large portion of the market for the berries has disappeared.

Which means that tens of millions of pounds of them could end up in the trash, and some farms could be facing financial peril.

There’s an App for That! Digital Image Analysis Counts Flies

Read the full story at Entomology Today.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying black flies (family Simuliidae) and their effect on avian wildlife quickly discovered the need for an efficient method for quantifying their fly captures. As a solution, they turned to digital image analysis software ImageJ. They placed captured flies in trays in a single layer and photographed the trays, which they then fed into ImageJ for counting. Their methods are described in a new report published this week in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

Cleaning and Disinfectant Chemical Exposures and Temporal Associations with COVID-19 — National Poison Data System, United States, January 1, 2020–March 31, 2020

Chang A, Schnall AH, Law R, et al. Cleaning and Disinfectant Chemical Exposures and Temporal Associations with COVID-19 — National Poison Data System, United States, January 1, 2020–March 31, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:496–498. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6916e1

Summary: To assess whether there might be a possible association between COVID-19 cleaning recommendations from public health agencies and the media and the number of chemical exposures reported to the National Poison Data System (NPDS), CDC and the American Association of Poison Control Centers surveillance team compared the number of exposures reported for the period January–March 2020 with the number of reports during the same 3-month period in 2018 and 2019.

BBC Visual and Data Journalism cookbook for R graphics

The BBC data team has developed an R package and an R cookbook to make the process of creating publication-ready graphics in their in-house style using R’s ggplot2 library a more reproducible process, as well as making it easier for people new to R to create graphics.

Henkel Recycles Discarded Household Plastics into Detergent Packaging

Read the full story at Energy + Environment Leader.

Consumer goods company Henkel has begun using packaging made from recycled household plastics for its detergent capsule products. The plastic packaging contains recycled polypropylene, according to the container manufacturer.

A way back: E.O. Wilson’s big ideas for saving nature — and humanity along with it

Read the full story from the Bitter Southerner.

In the 1940s, E.O. Wilson was an Alabama teenager who wandered the bottomland around Mobile and studied its creatures. He never stopped and became the world’s foremost authority on biodiversity. He’s 90 now, but still working, because he knows there’s a way to undo the damage we’ve done to Mother Earth.

COVID-19 and Campus Sustainability: Q&A with iSEE Director Evan H. DeLucia

Read the full post from iSEE.

The global reach of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on society and our daily lives, affecting the way we work, shop, learn, and socialize.

It has also reportedly brought a significant drop in pollution emissions in the most affected cities around the world, as schools, churches, businesses, and public places temporarily close and residents shelter at home. Crystal clear water in the canals of Venice and blue skies over Wuhan, China, are a breath of fresh air in daily news feeds packed with stomach-tightening statistics and breaking news more akin to science fiction than reality.

What has been the impact at the University of Illinois — which like many universities has shifted to virtual classes, closed many of its buildings, and asked employees to work from home temporarily?

The following Q&A with iSEE Baum Family Director Evan H. DeLucia explores how the shutdown has affected energy use and sustainability efforts on campus — while keeping in mind the threat from a global pandemic and the energy burden shifted to the home front.

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