Day: March 17, 2021

In Israel, mayo provides miracle for endangered turtles

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

When it comes to saving sea turtles, Israeli rescuers have discovered that mayonnaise is a miracle.

Employees at Israel’s National Sea Turtle Rescue Center are treating endangered green sea turtles affected by a devastating oil spill that has coated Israel’s coast with thick black tar.

European Forests Have Become More Vulnerable to Insect Outbreaks

Read the full story in Scientific American.

A tiny, creeping menace is threatening forests across Europe. And scientists believe climate change is a big part of the problem.

New research finds that European forests have become more vulnerable to insect pest outbreaks over the last four decades, and especially since the year 2000.

South Shore Clean Cities expands statewide, will change name

Read the full story in the Northwest Indiana Times.

South Shore Clean Cities is expanding its promotion of sustainable transportation statewide.

The St. John-based nonprofit was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a statewide Clean Cities coalition pilot program to promote sustainable vehicles, fuels and technology. It plans to change its name to better reflect its statewide reach.

Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

Read the full story from Penn State University.

Growing the right crop in the right place within an impaired watershed can achieve significant water quality improvements, according to Penn State researchers, who conducted a novel study in the drainage of a Susquehanna River tributary in an agricultural area in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The research may reveal a potential path for restoring the troubled Chesapeake Bay, said Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology in the College of Agricultural Sciences and one of the study’s authors. The bay — which long has been impaired in large part by nutrients and sediment washing off crop fields and getting into surface waters that feed it — needs bold solutions, such as changing cropping systems, he suggested.

Noble Research Institute focuses on regenerative agriculture

Read the full story from Morning Ag Clips.

Noble Research Institute announced today that it will focus all of its operations on regenerative agriculture and set its primary goal to regenerate millions of acres of degraded grazing lands across the United States.

Global Water Institute leads effort to improve water and food security with the Navajo Nation

Read the full story from Ohio State University.

A new effort led by researchers at The Ohio State University will help the Navajo Nation mitigate the lack of water and food security at a time when the Navajo communities are facing new challenges due to COVID-19.

The Global Water Institute (GWI) is partnering with the Navajo Nation and a consortium of partners including Assist InternationalNetafimSuez WTS USA, Inc.WorldServe International and the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment to confront the critical water crisis and improve agriculture and public health outcomes of the Navajo Nation. This federally recognized tribe with reservation lands in the states of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah is one of the largest in the country, with over 330,000 members, 175,000 of whom reside on the reservation.

Video: Developing an Innovative Culture in Your Manufacturing Business

Today’s economy is pushing manufacturers to constantly be searching for new ways to drive down cost, shorten lead times, and adapt to customer preferences at an increasingly rapid pace. To remain competitive in today’s challenging marketplace, manufacturers must have in place a culture of continuous innovation.

PennTAP is joined in this webinar by guest speaker Dr. Shawn Clark, Clinical Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Dr. Clark examines how businesses can create a culture of constant innovation which will allow them to quickly adapt to changing marketplace pressures.

Recycled Plastic Roads Pave the Way to More Sustainable Infrastructure

Read the full story at Redshift.

It’s not often you can help solve two of the world’s problems with a single solution. Dutch startup PlasticRoad, however, is doing just that. To tackle both plastic pollution and climate change, the company is producing the next generation of sustainable infrastructure: roads made out of recycled plastic.

Startup designs a modular, repairable laptop

Read the full post at Engadget.

As devices become less and less repairable, it’s always heartening when companies build devices with an eye on sustainability. After all, repairing the machine you already own will almost always be more friendly to the environment than buying a new one. Framework is a hardware startup, founded by former Oculus engineer Nirav Patel, that is looking to take the Fairphone model and bring it to laptops, even shipping with a screwdriver in the box.

Portable Wind Turbine Generates Energy to Power Your Electronics

Read the full story at Interesting Engineering.

Inspired by kites, the Wind Catcher is a light and powerful wind turbine.

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