Day: March 12, 2021

Making Peace With Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies

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The resulting synthesis communicates how climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution can be tackled jointly within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. The report serves to translate the current state of scientific knowledge into crisp, clear and digestible facts-based messages that the world can relate to and follow up on. It first provides an Earth diagnosis of current and projected human-induced environmental change, by putting facts and interlinkages in perspective, including by using smart infographics.

In building on this diagnosis, the report identifies the shifts needed to close gaps between current actions and those needed to achieve sustainable development. The analysis is anchored in current economic, social and ecological reality and framed by economics and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By synthesizing the latest scientific findings from the global environmental assessments, the report communicates the current status of the world’s urgent issues and opportunities to solve them.

Fighting the plastics plague, one canoe-full at a time

Read the full story from Bay Journal.

John Naylor eased his 16-foot fiberglass canoe into the Susquehanna River near a small archipelago of forested and ever-changing mudflat islands known as the Conejohela Flats, once the domain of Native Americans and still a vital stop for migrating shorebirds.

It’s a placid and beautiful spot on the lower Susquehanna between Lancaster and York counties, PA. But the York city resident was there this day to nibble at a growing sheen of ugliness — namely, single-use plastic containers, especially discarded water bottles.

Lawsuits mount over heavy metals in baby food, but do they have legs?

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Lawsuits are piling up against companies cited in a recent Congressional report into heavy metals in baby food. But how might courts decide if these complaints have legs, and what can be reasonably expected from food manufacturers given that the FDA has said that heavy metals “cannot be completely avoided in the fruits, vegetables, or grains that are the basis for baby foods, juices, and infant cereals”?

The Tox21 10K Compound Library

Read the full story from U.S. EPA.

The Tox21 10K Compound Library brings together a wealth of chemical testing methods, samples and data from EPA, partner agencies and other science institutions to help scientists evaluate chemicals for potential health effects. The 10K Compound Library is the largest of its kind, specifically intended to be used in high-throughput in vitro assay screens to advance the understanding of chemical toxicology.

The library is the result of a decade-long effort and acts as the foundation for Toxicology Testing in the 21st Century (Tox21). The Tox21 consortium is a federal collaboration between EPA, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

A paper written by EPA researcher Dr. Ann Richard and colleagues, The Tox21 10K Compound Library: Collaborative Chemistry Advancing Toxicology, describes how the library has advanced scientific understanding of chemical toxicology. The paper was recognized as an American Chemical Society (ACS) Editor’s Choice in November 2020.

Just Salad takes its reusable bowl program to go

Read the full story at Restaurant Dive.

Just Salad plans to make its reusable bowl program available for off-premise dining, for both takeout and delivery. The initiative is part of the chain’s annual sustainability report, released Monday. Customers who order food online in a reusable bowl can drop their dirty bowl at the participating store for sanitation. 

A pilot is currently underway at the Just Salad location in New York City’s Murray Hill neighborhood, offering a “zero-waste” option for customers who order online, according to Nation’s Restaurant News

Just Salad’s extension of its reusable bowl program to off-premise orders could help it keep costs on to-go containers down —which can cost 85 cents for each takeout package —  and strengthen its brand halo, especially if it expands the test to its entire footprint.

Plant-Based Fun

Read the full story in Q Magazine.

The author’s own LEGO “Green Grocer” set represents cherished childhood memories and carries the hope of a sustainable future for children’s toys.

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