Day: June 11, 2020

Working In Science Was A Brutal Education. That’s Why I Left.

Read the full story in BuzzFeed.

Science was a place I ultimately left, not so much because I wanted to, but because I had to.

State of the Lakes: Great Lakes stable, but rollbacks of protection will soon bite

Read the full story in Great Lakes Now.

The overall condition of the Great Lakes has been assessed as “fair and unchanging” in the 2019 State of the Great Lakes joint report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environmental and Climate Change Canada, published on June 3.

Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

Read the full story in the New York Times Climate Fwd Newsletter.

This week, with the country convulsed by protests over the killing of a black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we decided we’d talk to leading black climate activists about the connections between racism and climate change.

A clear theme emerged from those discussions: Racial and economic inequities need to be tackled as this country seeks to recalibrate its economic and social compass in the weeks and months to come. Racism, in short, makes it impossible to live sustainably.

Here’s what three prominent environmental defenders had to say in interviews this week about how the climate movement can be anti-racist.

Entrepreneurs tasked with removing carbon pollution from the air

Read the full story at Yale Climate Connections.

‘Visionary leaders and entrepreneurs can really have a hand in scaling these carbon removal solutions.’

Knowledge and Practices Regarding Safe Household Cleaning and Disinfection for COVID-19 Prevention — United States, May 2020

Gharpure R, Hunter CM, Schnall AH, et al. Knowledge and Practices Regarding Safe Household Cleaning and Disinfection for COVID-19 Prevention — United States, May 2020. MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report ePub: 5 June 2020. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6923e

Summary

What is already known about this topic?

Calls to poison centers regarding exposures to cleaners and disinfectants have increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is added by this report?

An Internet panel survey identified gaps in knowledge about safe preparation, use, and storage of cleaners and disinfectants. Approximately one third of survey respondents engaged in nonrecommended high-risk practices with the intent of preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, including using bleach on food products, applying household cleaning and disinfectant products to skin, and inhaling or ingesting cleaners and disinfectants.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Public messaging should continue to emphasize evidence-based, safe cleaning and disinfection practices to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission in households, including hand hygiene and cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

Carbon Recycling Offers Hope for More Sustainable Air Travel

Read the full story from Triple Pundit.

The airline industry has woken up to a new reality under the COVID-19 pandemic, with fears of viral infection during travel layering over concerns about the role of jet fuel in the climate crisis. Nevertheless, there are signs that the aviation sector is beginning to recover, and so are the prospects for sustainable air travel.

L’Oréal launches first paper-based tubes under La Roche-Posay brand

Read the full story from Cosmetics Design.

French beauty major L’Oréal has finished co-developing paper-based cosmetic tubes with global packaging firm Albéa and launched the first eco-responsible variant under its La Roche-Posay brand.

More Research On Plastics Is Critical For A Sustainable Future, According To Report

Read the full story in Forbes.

Additional research is urgently needed to improve our understanding of plastics and their impacts, to secure a sustainable future for a material that fulfills vital roles in society, according to an international union of chemical scientists, business leaders and members of government.

new report, published today, incorporates the presentations, discussions and conclusions of more than 30 scientists from the annual Chemical Sciences and Society Summit hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in London in November. Researchers and industry representatives from the UK, China, Germany and Japan gathered to discuss four major themes in sustainable plastics: their impact on the environment; new sustainable plastics; the recyclability of plastics; and the degradation of plastics. 

Alternative cement recipes—A recipe for eco-concrete

Read the full story from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

It is the most widely used product in the world. Cement is indispensable yet its reputation has become quite tainted in the course of the ongoing climate debate. Mixed with water, sand and gravel, it results in concrete, on which our modern world is built. However, the frugal material is in the limelight primarily because of another property: The production of one ton of cement causes around 700 kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is emitted in the atmosphere. This is less than in the case of, say, steel or aluminum production. But it’s the sheer quantity that makes the difference. Every year, we produce around twelve cubic kilometers of concrete worldwide, a quantity that could completely fill Lake Lucerne—every year anew. And the trend is rising.

‘A celebration of plenty’: For chef Tom Hunt, food sustainability starts with eating for pleasure

Read the full story in the National Post.

Born of a sense of abundance rather than sacrifice, chef and writer Tom Hunt’s first foray into reducing food waste was a meal for many. In making hundreds of dishes with organic produce that would have otherwise been lost to the dumpster, his so-called Forgotten Feast extended beyond the fundraiser itself. Bolstered by the fact that as an individual, he had made a measurable difference, it ended up being a catalyst.

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