Day: April 13, 2021

Nearly 400 state and local officials call for ban on new fracking permits

Read the full story from The Hill.

Nearly 400 state and local elected officials from across the country signed a letter calling for an outright ban on new federal permits for fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure after the Biden administration imposed a temporary moratorium on such permitting on federal lands.

We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So

Read the full opinion piece in Scientific American.

Given the circumstances, Scientific American has agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change. An official statement about this decision, and the impact we hope it can have throughout the media landscape, is below.

PG&E, Apple, 300+ other companies urge Biden admin to set ambitious federal climate target

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

A group of multinational corporations — including Apple, Microsoft and Walmart — and small to medium enterprises have signed a letter urging the Biden administration to pursue an ambitious federal climate target, or national determined contribution (NDC), that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at least 50% below 2005 levels. 

Led by the “We Mean Business” coalition and nonprofit sustainability advocacy group Ceres, the companies that signed the letter each have business operations in the U.S. and share the goal to halve emissions over the next decade to help the country reach net zero emissions by 2050. 

The CEOs of investor groups CDP, Ceres and Principles for Responsible Investment also signed a second open letter that urges the Biden administration and Congress to pursue strong federal climate actions, particularly as the Federal Reserve has identified climate change as a “systemic risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system,” the letter states. 

IDOT spends more than $6 million to pick up litter

Read the full story from WCIA.

The Illinois Department of Transportation spent more than $6 million of taxpayer money to pick up litter last year.

This is an easy problem to solve. Pick up your trash and throw it in a garbage can. And enjoy these PSAs that are (unfortunately) still relevant.

The coffee cup gets a radical, desperately needed redesign

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Unocups, the brainchild of a product designer and an architect, are able to hold hot liquids without the use of a conventional plastic lid.

This clever app turns your spreadsheets into slick interactive web tools

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Grid gives new life to Excel and Google Sheets, without making you give up the apps you know. It even has the support of one of the spreadsheet’s inventors.

Ever wondered what red foxes eat? There’s a database for that

Read the full story from the University of Sussex.

Researchers create a free, online database on global carnivore diets to help conservationists and educators.

The U.S. Energy & Climate Roadmap

Download the document.

No longer a problem for the distant future, the costs of climate change—wildfire, storm and flood damages, disruptions to agriculture, changes to insurance markets, and more—are already adding up and taking a toll on the lives and livelihoods of ordinary Americans. These costs disproportionately fall on communities of color and America’s economically vulnerable, who are already contending with higher exposure to local pollutants. At the same time, as the country works to restart its economy following the COVID-19 pandemic, energy must remain inexpensive and reliable, capable of fueling a robust recovery.

The U.S. Energy & Climate Roadmap aims to inform climate and energy policy in the new administration and Congress through a compilation of evidence-based proposals from scholars at EPIC. It is grounded in empirical research that has been galvanized by rigorous academic debate and channeled into practical policy applications.

St. Louis startup says it’s developed eco-friendly ‘cash cover crop’ to add to corn-soybean rotation

Read the full story in the Des Moines Register.

A St. Louis startup agriculture company says it’s developed a cover crop that will eventually generate income for Iowa and other Midwest farmers while helping mitigate climate change.

CoverCress is attracting investment from agriculture industry heavy-hitters including Bunge and Bayer, and plans to make its “cash cover crop” available on limited acreage in Illinois this fall before expanding to commercial-scale acreage next year.

Google Maps will start showing you slower routes. Here’s why

Read the full story at Fast Company.

If we want to save the planet, we have to give up some parts of our fast-paced lifestyle. Much like the Victory Speed Limit slowed down cars during World War II in order to consume less gas, designers today are asking, “Would you take a bit longer to travel somewhere if you knew it was better for the environment?”

And that’s the question Google is putting forth in its latest iteration of Google Maps.

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