Day: June 30, 2020

Pollinator-Saving Solar Panels: Good for Farmers, Good for Business

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Just a few years ago, solar panels and farming were considered mutually exclusive. Although farmers could benefit financially by leasing some of their land for solar panels, they could no longer grow food crops there. Now it looks like farmers can get the best of both worlds by using that same land for pollinator habitats and other agricultural applications.

Yippy

Yippy is a metasearch engine that groups search results into clusters.

It automatically categorizes search results by content, and organizes by topics, sites, time, and sources, which users can use to narrow results. Clicking on a topic changes the results to only show those from that topic. Click the plus sign next to a topic to see other topics to further narrow a search.

If you’re searching a broad concept, Yippy is a good alternative to Google or Bing.

New ASU mapping tool shows holistic view of water in Arizona

Read the full story from Arizona State University.

Water is a critical issue in Arizona, and a new water-mapping tool created by the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University has collected a vast array of maps and data sets to show a wide-ranging view of water in the state.

The Arizona Water Blueprint visualizes information on groundwater, rivers, agricultural irrigation, dams, ocean desalination, critical species and other concepts that are important not only to policymakers but also to any Arizonan concerned about water.

The first-of-its-kind map creates a holistic view of water in Arizona that was missing, according to Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy.

Gear treated with ‘forever chemicals’ poses risk to firefighters

Read the full story from Notre Dame University.

Firefighters face occupational hazards on a daily basis. Now, new research shows they face additional risk just by gearing up.

Fabric used for firefighter turnout gear tested positive for the presence of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), according to the study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, led by Graham Peaslee, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. Peaslee embarked on a more extensive study, after initial tests on gear samples showed significantly high levels of fluorine.

Find green chemistry curriculum and training materials at Beyond Benign

Beyond Benign develops and distributes green chemistry and sustainable science educational resources to help educators, students and the community at large to practice sustainability through chemistry.

Check out their professional development and curriculum resources, as well as their informal education materials, and the college student fellows program. They also offer a Toxicology for Chemists higher education curriculum that prepares the next generation of chemists to design products that are safe for people and the environment.

From the Lab to the Field, Agriculture Seeks to Adapt to a Warming World

Read the full story at e360.

With rising temperatures, the world’s food supplies are at risk, with deceasing yields in key staple crops. Researchers and innovators are looking at more resilient crops and farm animals — from heat-resistant wheat, to drought-resistant rice, to Naked Neck chickens that stay cooler.

NASA, ESA and JAXA’s new tool shows our climate changed by Covid-19

Read the full story at Silicon Republic.

NASA, ESA and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have unveiled a new tool designed to give researchers and policymakers access to planet-wide changes in the environment and human society following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Covid-19 Earth Observation Dashboard integrates multiple satellite data records with analytical tools to allow user-friendly tracking of changes in air and water quality, climate, economic activity, and agriculture.

Researchers turn carbon dioxide into minerals

Read and listen to the full story at Yale Climate Connections.

At a CarbFix pilot site in Iceland, about 95% of the CO2 injected into basalt formations underground was mineralized in less than two years.

Reconnecting Livestock and Crop Farming to Transform the Use of Manure

Read the full story from the USDA.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing an innovative approach to address a major environmental challenge facing the nation’s animal farmers: the accumulation of nutrients in the manure.

Webinar: EPA Database Tools to Help Identify Potential Pollution Prevention Opportunities and Solutions at Manufacturing Facilities

Thu, Jul 16, 2020 1-2 pm CDT
Register here.

EPA is pleased to offer a webinar to demonstrate the online tools available to help grantees to:

  1. Identify leads for facilities in NEA sectors that may benefit from grantee technical assistance; and
  2. Find information on selected facilities’ operations, chemical use, and possible P2 opportunities.

To make the training as relevant as possible, we are asking you to share your experience using EPA databases, such as TRI, for targeting purposes. Please share examples of successes or challenges in advance of the webinar if you are able. If you have specific questions about the datasets or how to use them, we welcome any questions in advance. Following the webinar, we are planning a half-hour interactive session to work through your questions on using the tools.

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