Day: May 1, 2020

Regular soap and water is enough to fend off coronavirus. Don’t use antibacterials

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than regular soaps and could be doing harm down the line

Yale, Field Museum map species diversity in South American national parks

Read the full story from Yale University.

Park rangers, naturalists, tourists, educators, and land managers can now take a virtual tour of species diversity across three South American countries thanks to a new information dashboard created by researchers at Yale University and the Field Museum in Chicago.

The Biodiversity Dashboard lists almost 5,500 species found in and around national parks in three of the world’s most biodiverse countries: Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. 

Coronavirus: France offers subsidy to tempt lockdown cyclists

Read the full story from the BBC.

France is encouraging people to cycle to keep pollution levels low once lockdown restrictions end. Under the €20 million (£17m; $21.7m) scheme, everyone will be eligible for bike repairs of up to €50 at registered mechanics.The funding will also help pay for cycle training and temporary parking spaces.

Distilled #13: An Environmental Cowboy from the 1970s

Read the full story and watch the video from the Science History Institute.

Remember the fire-fighting mascot Smokey Bear? Meet Johnny Horizon, his little-remembered, pollution-fighting counterpart.

Texas high-rise to boast North America’s tallest living wall

Read the full story at New Atlas.

A significant amount of greenery is headed to inner-city Dallas, Texas, in the form of a new high-rise that will boast North America’s tallest living wall. Located at 1899 McKinney Avenue, the building will rise to a height of 320 ft (97.5 m) and feature 40,000 plants growing vertically on sections of its exterior.

An Instrument Maker Is Building Guitars Out of Highway Trees

Read the full story from Rolling Stone.

Your next luxury guitar may not be made of treasured mahogany from the forests in Guatemala, nor from the long-revered rosewood of India — but from the lumber of a tree off the side of a Los Angeles highway.

Taylor Guitars, one of the most well-known acoustic guitar manufacturers in the world, is beginning to integrate urban wood — sourced from trees found in cities rather than from industrial suppliers or faraway overseas locales — into its guitar manufacturing. The company has been developing the new process for months, due to tightening global regulations around the use of exotic woods and a desire to be more sustainable with its production process. While urban wood is often considered less attractive by manufacturers, Taylor is taking the opposite approach: It’s building high-end, $3,000 guitars with the material.

We engineered a protective face shield for COVID-19. Here are management lessons that apply to any industry

Read the full story from Fast Company.

Three professors at UMass Amherst who designed PPE from scratch believe, “We must share key learnings so we can navigate common challenges together.”

A Sweet Switch

Read the full story in Happi.

Indie deodorant brand Each & Every swaps out plastic for new sugarcane packaging.

Segregation and local funding gaps drive disparities in drinking water

Read the full story from Duke University.

The fragmentation of water service in the US among thousands of community systems, most of which are small and rely on local funding, leaves many households vulnerable to water contamination or loss of service as droughts become more frequent, a new analysis finds. Households in low-income or predominantly minority neighborhoods face the highest risks. Making sure their taps don’t run dry will require a fundamental re-evaluation of how water systems are managed and funded.

Nearly half of US breathing unhealthy air; record-breaking air pollution in nine cities

Read the full story from the American Lung Association.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of air pollution on lung health is of heightened concern. A new report finds nearly half of the nation’s population — 150 million people — lived with and breathed polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. The 21st annual ‘State of the Air’ report finds that climate change continues to make air pollution worse, with many western communities again experiencing record-breaking spikes in particle pollution due to wildfires.

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