Day: June 2, 2020

#BlackBirdersWeek aims to raise awareness, grow community

Read the full story at BirdWatching.

Just four days after the encounter between a white dog walker and African American birdwatcher Christian Cooper, a group of approximately 30 Black scientists, birders, and outdoor explorers have created a new awareness campaign to encourage birding among more people of color.

The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, and it will take place from Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5. Anyone who is interested should follow the hashtag #BlackBirdersWeek on Twitter and Instagram.

Improving Peer Review One Case Study at a Time

Read the full story from the Council of Science Editors.

Peer review is a constantly evolving and vital aspect of scientific publication. Journals rely on editors and reviewers to volunteer their time to ensure that quality, well-vetted research is published. With such a large ask, the industry is regularly improving upon and inventing new tools to aid editors and reviewers. This session, “Improving Peer Review One Case Study at a Time,” highlights three case studies that show promising innovation that is working to reach this goal.

Trump Administration Limits States’ Power To Stop Oil And Gas Pipelines

Read the full story from NPR.

The Trump administration is removing a tool some Democratic states have used to block construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as oil and gas pipelines.

States, cities challenge Trump mileage standards rollback

Read the full story from PBS News Hour.

Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation’s car makers.

Wildlife has returned to the empty Chicago lakefront. It’s a bit like an Eden.

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Say you were to visit the lakefront.

You can’t, of course; the mayor closed the Chicago lakefront on March 26 to recreation, to promote social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus. But say you could go, right now. What would you see there? What are you missing? Well, I can tell you, and Tribune photographer Jason Wambsgans, he can show you. He got an OK from the city to shoot our beloved stretch of recently-abandoned Chicago. And here’s what’s there:

Nothing. No one.

Just animals, a lot of birds, flora in bloom. Just nature, unimpeded. A steady stillness, a compelling absence of pace. Robins are not playing cards, coyotes have not formed book clubs. Yet raccoons, some waddle up to you in the afternoon. I watched a fish leap high out of a canal, twice, as if delirious with freedom, then splash back, hard and loud.

How To Uplift The Voices Of Young Climate Activists Of Color (Plus 10 Accounts To Follow)

Read the full story at The Good Trade.

Ugandan climate Activist Vanessa Nakate attended the World Economic Forum in early 2020 alongside other youth activists from around the world. She participated in a press conference with Greta Thunberg and other activists before a large Fridays For Future protest in the area. 

While she was present at the press conference, you wouldn’t have known she was there based on news coverage. She’d been cropped out of a photo shared by The Associated Press, where she posed alongside Thunberg, as well as Isabelle Axelsson, Luisa Neubauer, and Loukina Tille. The only thing distinguishing the activists from one another was their race—not their accolades or fierce activism for the climate, but their race. 

New web-based tool helps shoppers choose ethical, environmentally-friendly options

Read the full story from KXLH.

There’s a new tool available to help you make more environmentally-friendly choices while you shop, but the creator of the new technology needs your help.

Turning Plastics into Sustainable Products & Lives

Read the full story from Waste360.

In our latest episode of NothingWasted!, we chat with Ian Rosenberger, founder & CEO of First Mile and Day Owl. 

First Mile supports micro-economies in underdeveloped communities by collecting plastic bottles and turning them into yarn that is used by apparel, footwear, and accessories brands including Day Owl, which sells sustainably created backpacks. 

We chatted with Ian about leading through a crisis, the responsibility of business in solving the waste problem, creating a circular product, and more.

Another consequence of climate change: dinky little trees

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Anyone who has stood at the base of a redwood or visited Sequoia National Park knows the beauty of giant, old trees. But future generations may not get to experience that same sense of wonder. We’ve already lost a minimum of 30% of the world’s old-growth forests since 1900, and as trees face a host of environmental threats, their forests may be made up exclusively of younger, shorter trees.

global study published by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory looked at the many drivers for tree death, from wildfires to insects to rising temperatures across the world. That minimum loss of old growth is probably much higher, says Nate McDowell, a PNNL earth scientist and the study’s lead author, because it doesn’t include what’s happening now to forests along with the land-use change and harvesting that has long been happening, such as those wildfires and infestations.

PFAS-making plant wasn’t inspected for years, US EPA watchdog says

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

For 8 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency relied solely on company reports to verify that a North Carolina factory controlled releases of the flurochemical GenX, the agency’s internal watchdog says in a report released May 28.

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