Day: September 22, 2020

Phasing out old coal plants can free space for 60 GW renewable power: Praveer Sinha, TATA power

Read the full story at ETEnergy World.

He said plants which are 25 years old or more need to be closed instead of renewing them because these plants will have to go for Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) and other additional costs will be incurred.

Webinar: Advanced Positron Imaging and Numerical Modelling of Segregation and Transport of Plastics in Fluidised Beds: Toward a Circular Economy for Plastics

Nov 19, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Register here.

The plastic waste crisis is one of the great global challenges facing modern society. In this talk, we discuss a new technology designed to recycle mixed plastic waste, converting it into new, virgin-quality plastic feedstocks, clean, low-sulphur fuels, and other useful products. We also introduce Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT), a technique which allows the interior dynamics of large, optically-opaque systems such as these to be imaged with high spatial and temporal resolution, and explore how this technique – combined with advanced numerical modelling techniques – is being used to help optimise this nascent recycling method, and thus bring a promising concept toward industrial reality.

Patent awarded for new concept in fluid mass flow metering

Read the full story from Michigan State University.

U.S. patent no. 10,753,779 was awarded for a mass flow meter that measures mass fluid flow of liquids and gasses in real time—without any rotating parts, orifices, or pressure-related devices.

Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) Database

Read the full story at Inside Science Resources.

If you’re a golfing fan, you may have often admired the lush golf courses and wondered how they keep the grass so green and perfect. No doubt that lots of research into turfgrass and its maintenance played an important part. A topic which interests not only the sports industry but also landscape architecture, horticulture, parks and recreation, and environmental policy.

Researchers and students in these areas have a valuable resource in the Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database – a bibliographic database exclusively dedicated to indexing turfgrass literature. Jointly designed by the United States Golfing Association Turfgrass Research Committee and the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries in 1983; it is now managed by the Turfgrass Information Center, a division of MSU Libraries.

Global study reveals time running out for many soils, but conservation measures can help

Read the full story from Lancaster University.

Researchers found more than 90 per cent of the conventionally farmed soils in their global study were thinning, and 16 per cent had lifespans of less than a century. These rapidly thinning soils were found all over the world, including countries such as Australia, China, the UK, and the USA.

Associated journal article: Daniel L. Evans, John N. Quinton, Jessica A. C. Davies, Jianlin Zhao, Gerard Govers. Soil lifespans and how they can be extended by land use and management changeEnvironmental Research Letters, 2020; DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aba2fd

Don Wuebbles: Unnatural disasters are driven by the changing climate

Read the full guest commentary in the News-Gazette.

As some 30,000 firefighters continued to battle close to 100 major blazes across 13 western states, we invited back the UI’s Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science for a checkup on the climate.

Invasive Snails Might Save Coffee Crops From Fungus, but Experts Advise Caution

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

The snails are an invasive crop pest that are known to eat more than just coffee rust.

Final Risk Evaluation for 1-Bromopropane

As part of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment, the agency has completed a final risk evaluation for 1-bromopropane (1-BP) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In the final 1-BP risk evaluation, EPA reviewed 25 conditions of use, such as a solvent in vapor degreasing, dry cleaning, spot cleaners, stain removers, adhesives, sealants, and automobile care products.

The 1-BP risk evaluation contains the agency’s final determinations on which conditions of use present unreasonable risks to human health or the environment based on a robust review of the scientific data. To prepare the final risk evaluation, EPA reviewed extensive scientific literature, conducted modeling and other risk assessment activities, and collected toxicity, exposure, and hazard information from many sources.

Releasing a final risk evaluation is the last step in the scientific evaluation process required by TSCA and will guide the agency’s efforts to reduce harmful human exposure to this chemical. EPA will now begin the process of developing ways to address the unreasonable risks identified and has up to one year to propose and take public comments on any risk management actions.

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Advances in Display and Analysis of Groundwater Data

Read the full story from the Illinois State Water Survey.

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) has been a leader in groundwater science since its inception in 1895.

Early innovations in the display of data to describe groundwater conditions to the public included 3D display of information to help the public visualize information.

Trendline: Packaging

Read the full story at Food Dive.

Food and drink packaging is just as important as what’s inside.

Packaging serves as a way to keep food fresh and protected from the time it was made until it’s enjoyed by the consumer. It provides the all-important first impression of a product and what sets it apart from competitors. It provides the first opportunity a manufacturer has to tell the consumer about the product, what it looks like, how it’s used, what’s in it and how healthy it is.

But most importantly nowadays, packaging is a way that manufacturers can show their views on sustainability.  And that is becoming one of the most important qualifiers to consumers right now. According to research from Trivium Packaging in a partnership with Boston Consulting Group, more than two out of three consumers said environmentally friendly, recyclable packaging was important to them. Almost three in four said they would pay more for sustainable packaging.

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