Day: October 28, 2020

‘It just goes into a black hole’

Read the full story at Grist.

The Trump administration is burying dozens of studies detailing the promise of renewable energy, impeding a transition away from fossil fuels.

Coca-Cola on board with emphasizing human impact

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The importance of setting science-based corporate strategies to address climate change is irrefutable.

But corporations need to think far more about the human impact of their business decisions. Companies that don’t act decisively on issues of equity and social justice at the same time will fall short of their ambition. And corporate advocacy must be integral to the process, according to a new roadmap published last week by Ceres.

Associated publication: Ceres Roadmap 2030

New Study Shows How Climate Impacts Food Webs, Poses Socioeconomic Threat in Eastern Africa

Read the full story from the University of Kentucky.

A new study is sounding the alarm on the impact climate change could have on one of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Michael McGlue, Pioneer Natural Resources Professor of Stratigraphy in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and his team conducted the study at Lake Tanganyika — a major African fishery. The results, which published today in Science Advances, show how certain changes in climate may place the fishery at risk, potentially diminishing food resources for millions of people in this area of eastern Africa.

Associated journal article: MM McGlue, et al (2020). “Solar irradiance and ENSO affect food security in Lake Tanganyika, a major African inland fishery.” Science Advances EABB2191. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abb2191.

A circular economy could save the world’s economy post-COVID-19

Read the full story from Warwick University.

The World’s economy is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with many industries under threat. A group of researchers from the UK, Malaysia, Nigeria, UAE and Japan, led by WMG, University of Warwick have concluded that adopting circular economy strategies would be the best way for the world’s economy to recover, whilst enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Associated journal article: T.Ibn-Mohammed, et al (2021). “A critical analysis of the impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy and ecosystems and opportunities for circular economy strategies.” Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164, 105169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105169.

Cultivating a Healthy Environment for Our Children

Read the full story from the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

It is scientifically evident that with global warming, the Pacific Northwest region has been experiencing hotter days that have led to wildfires, higher streamflow in the winter and lower streamflow in the summer, reduced snowpack, prolonged drought, water shortages, increased heavy rain events and sea level rise.

Severe weather, air pollution and extreme heat are just three of the many factors that impact our overall health. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, climate change poses threats to human health, safety, and security, and children are uniquely vulnerable to these threats. Given this knowledge, failure to take prompt, substantive action would be an act of injustice to all children.

That’s why teaching children about climate change is crucial in building a better future for generations to come.

Sicker livestock may increase climate woes

Read the full story from Washington University in St. Louis.

Climate change is affecting the spread and severity of infectious diseases around the world — and infectious diseases may in turn be contributing to climate change, according to a new paper published Oct. 7 in Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

Climate change could mean fewer sunny days for hot regions banking on solar power

Read the full story from Princeton University.

Changes to regional climates brought on by global warming could make it so that areas such as the American Southwest that are currently considered ideal for solar power would be less viable in the future, a new study suggests. Higher surface temperatures will lead to more moisture, aerosols and particulates in the atmosphere, which may result in less solar radiation and more cloudy days. The study is the first to assess the day-to-day reliability of solar energy under climate change.

Associated journal article: Jun Yin, Annalisa Molini, Amilcare Porporato. Impacts of solar intermittency on future photovoltaic reliabilityNature Communications, 2020; 11 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-18602-6

Belgium uses giant ‘vacuum cleaner’ to remove plastic from nature reserve

Read the full story in Reuters.

Engineers have built a giant ‘vacuum cleaner’ to rid a Belgian nature reserve of millions of pieces of plastic litter too small to collect by hand.

Markon launches fully recyclable cardboard clamshells for strawberries

Read the full story at Produce News.

To help move the produce industry away from plastic and increase recyclability, Markon Cooperative’s new cardboard, fully recyclable strawberry clamshell is now available to foodservice operators.

This game-changing solar company recycles old panels into new ones

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The first wave of solar panels is reaching the end of their useful lives. Now they can become new solar panels instead of trash.

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