Day: August 19, 2020

How a Classic Brand Is Tackling the Marine Plastic Problem

Read the full story at Sustainable Brands.

Zipper giant YKK Group has used recycled PET yarns in the woven tape of its Natulon® zippers since 1994. But when it wanted to help address the challenge of ocean plastic, the company saw it as an opportunity to get creative.

Women in sustainability on starting their careers and making change

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Sustainability as a profession is coming into its own, and women are at the forefront. Fifty-eight percent of sustainability executives in large companies are female. And when Heather Clancy, executive editor of GreenBiz, made her list of 25 badass women shaking up the corporate climate movement, she had problems trimming the list down to 25, not filling it. 

During a GreenBiz webcast last week, “Women in Sustainability: Moving from Beginner to Badass,” three sustainability professionals, at three different stages of their careers, sat down to talk about how they got there, the skills others need and the future of the industry.

Defying Trump, 5 Automakers Lock In a Deal on Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The five — Ford, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo — sealed a binding agreement with California to follow the state’s stricter tailpipe emissions rules.

Journey into farm frontier: Soil health researchers study dual use of no-till and fire management

Read the full story in High Plains Journal.

Farmers and ranchers yearn for the latest information on soil health and what it can mean for their short- and long-term goals to maintain and develop their nutrient base.

Lisa Fultz, an Oklahoma native and faculty member at Louisiana State University, along with her team, is researching how no-till and prescribed burning might work together to build soil properties. Most research focuses on each technique separately but Fultz and her team looked at how integrating the two techniques might help producers.

Carbon footprinting and pricing under climate concerns

Read the full story from the American Marketing Association.

Marketers can lead how their companies can use the cost and demand effects of reducing the carbon footprint of their products to determine the profit-maximizing design.

Associated journal article: Marco Bertini, Stefan Buehler, Daniel Halbheer, Donald R. Lehmann. Carbon Footprinting and Pricing Under Climate ConcernsJournal of Marketing, 2020; 002224292093293 DOI: 10.1177/0022242920932930

Pivotal research discovers practices, technologies key to sustainable farming

Read the full story from Argonne National Laboratory.

Argonne researchers quantify how to reduce emissions by farms changing their practices and adopting novel technologies.

Associated journal article: Xinyu Liu et al (2020). “Shifting agricultural practices to produce sustainable, low carbon intensity feedstocks for biofuel production.” Environmental Research Letters DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab794e

COVID recovery choices shape future climate

Read the full story at the University of Leeds.

A new study warns that even with some lockdown measures staying in place to the end of 2021, without more structural interventions global temperatures will only be roughly 0.01°C lower than expected by 2030. However, the study estimates that including climate policy measures as part of an economic recovery plan with strong green stimulus could prevent more than half of additional warming expected by 2050 under current policies.

Associated journal article: Piers M. Forster, Harriet I. Forster, Mat J. Evans, Matthew J. Gidden, Chris D. Jones, Christoph A. Keller, Robin D. Lamboll, Corinne Le Quéré, Joeri Rogelj, Deborah Rosen, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Thomas B. Richardson, Christopher J. Smith, Steven T. Turnock. Current and future global climate impacts resulting from COVID-19Nature Climate Change, 2020; DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0883-0

Texas ranchers, activists and local officials are bracing for megadroughts brought by climate change

Read the full story from the Texas Tribune.

A new study from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University warns that droughts in the latter part of this century could be the worst on record.

Associated journal article: Nielsen‐Gammon, J. W., Banner, J. L., Cook, B. I., Tremaine, D. M., Wong, C. I., Mace, R. E., et al. (2020). “Unprecedented drought challenges for Texas water resources in a changing climate: What do researchers and stakeholders need to know?” Earth’s Future, 8, e2020EF001552. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020EF001552

What’s in oilfield wastewater matters for injection-induced earthquakes

Read the full story from Virginia Tech.

A team of geoscience researchers in the Virginia Tech College of Science has developed a new theory to explain how and why injection-induced earthquakes continue to occur even when injection rates decline.

Gathering data to save a rare turtle

Blanding’s turtles are endangered in Illinois. This Behind the Scenes essay by Illinois Natural History Survey researchers Andrea Colton and Emily Sunnucks describes how they gather data about the species to help preserve their habitat.

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