Day: March 26, 2021

Study highlights economic impact of recycling in Connecticut

Read the full story at Waste Today.

The RecycleCT Foundation has published a Connecticut Recycling Economic Information (REI) Study [see also their infographic] that documents the economic contributions of residential recycling in the states. RecycleCT is a nonprofit that promotes research and education activities that increase the rate of recycling and reuse in Connecticut.

Too few farmers are curbing pollution in Lake Erie. Should they be forced?

Read the full story at Great Lakes Now.

Ohio, Michigan and Ontario have given themselves until 2025 to reduce phosphorus into Lake Erie by 40% compared to 2008 levels — a deadline they collectively are not on track to achieve despite throwing billions of dollars at the problem. By one estimate, millions of acres-worth of farmland in the vast western basin, which includes a large swath of Ohio and smaller portions of Indiana, Michigan and Ontario, would have to follow Williams’ example to hit the target. 

The cost of failure is staggering: Communities surrounding Lake Erie lose tens of millions of dollars annually to the bloom, which depresses property values, repels tourists and forces lakeshore communities to spend more on drinking water treatment. 

And then there’s the impact toxic algae has on human health and quality of life, which many Toledo residents felt acutely as a 2014 bloom settled over the city’s water intake pipe and left residents without drinking water for three days.

Why Drilling the Arctic Refuge Will Release a Double Dose of Carbon

Read the full story at e360.

In the renewed debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one troubling impact of oil development has been overlooked: Disrupting the annual caribou migration will have a profound effect on the soil and release even more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Whooping cranes steer clear of wind turbines when selecting stopover sites

Read the full story from the Ecological Society of America.

As gatherings to observe whooping cranes join the ranks of online-only events this year, a new study offers insight into how the endangered bird is faring on a landscape increasingly dotted with wind turbines. The paper, published this week in Ecological Applications, reports that whooping cranes migrating through the U.S. Great Plains avoid “rest stop” sites that are within 5 km of wind-energy infrastructure.

United Airlines chief warns of ‘dramatic’ impact of unchecked climate change

Read the full story at Flight Global.

Human-influenced climate change is the “defining issue for our generation to solve”, in the view of United Airlines chief executive Scott Kirby, who says his passion for the subject is behind the carrier’s attempt to become an industry leader on sustainability.

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