Virtual conference CO2 emissions quantified in new study

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The virtual conferencing that has replaced large, in-person gatherings in the age of COVID-19 represents a drastic reduction in carbon emissions, but those online meetings still come with their own environmental costs, new research from the University of Michigan shows.

Chemicals in the environment can harm maternal health

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Fifteen scientists from across NIEHS collaborated on a paper describing how various environmental chemicals can harm a woman’s health both during pregnancy and in the years that follow. The paper, published online in the Journal of Women’s Health, is part of a special issue on maternal health due out in late February. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health coordinated the special issue.

Ag-Analytics and agronomy professor announce research partnership

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 Ag-Analytics and Davide Cammarano, Purdue associate professor of agronomy, have announced a recently established research partnership. Using precision agriculture data, Cammarano’s research team will develop farm management strategies that optimize economic outcomes for businesses and individuals.

Is it too late?

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This week, Science Node debuts a new series on climate change that we’re calling Is it too late? We’ve known about climate change for decades, but many people are still apathetic to it. Even worse, some believe that it’s simply too late to do anything about this crisis. 

We want to examine and challenge that assumption.

Over the course of this series, we will interview a diverse set of experts to better understand the climate crisis we face. What’s more, we’ll be asking various forms of a globally imperative question: Is it too late to save organized human life on planet Earth?

For this article, we spoke with Dr. Ben Kravitz. An assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University, one of Kravitz’s main focuses is climate engineering. This is the (currently theoretical) process of artificially altering the environment to counter climate change and buy us more time to solve the crisis.

It’s a controversial topic to some, but Kravitz is interested to learn more about it. He thinks that if we want to survive the climate crisis, we’ll have to at least consider every potential solution.

Process Cooling System Helps rPlanet Earth “Close the Loop” on Recycling Post-consumer Plastics

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rPlanet Earth in Vernon, California, is the only vertically integrated facility able to convert polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging waste into recycled PET (rPET) packaging for food and beverage industries such as bottle preforms, strawberry containers, and drinking cups. The plant’s process cooling system delivers chilled water at precise temperatures at all times.

How electric cars can promote environmental justice, not gentrification

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Electric vehicles are having their moment in the spotlight and it is only expected to intensify in the coming years as automakers increasingly commit to transitioning from gas-powered to electric vehicles. A related issue is for communities to house enough EV charging infrastructure so residents feel comfortable in their ability to power up. Where to install infrastructure requires some forethought to ensure it is distributed equitably and contributes to environmental justice rather than gentrification.

Last year, the city of Chicago enlisted consultants to analyze its existing EV infrastructure and make improvements, especially with EV charging station locations. Northwestern University masters students were among the commissioned groups that assisted with the project, while advancing their own knowledge and skills. 

The Rules for Early-Stage Cleantech Venture Capital Investment in 2021

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Create incremental improvements, serve new national climate-change imperatives, and put social impacts front and center.

Sustainable Durable Pet Products Jump Higher on Shopping Lists, Report Finds

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More pet owners are looking for natural, eco-friendly and ethically sourced durable pet products, according to a report by market research firm Packaged Facts.

CCEP joins EV100 initiative promoting shift to electric vehicles

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Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, which brings together companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).

Concrete from Halifax startup used in new Amazon HQ cuts emissions, attracts high-profile financing

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As Inc. builds its massive second headquarters in Virginia, the company is using concrete strengthened by one of the most quietly successful startups from Canada’s East Coast.

CarbonCure Technologies Inc. has honed its techniques for injecting carbon dioxide into concrete for more than a dozen years. The process adds enough strength to the building material to cut the amount needed for a project by about 5 per cent. Doing so also significantly reduces the environmental impact of using concrete: For every tonne of carbon dioxide injected, the Halifax company says it can save about 40 tonnes of emissions.