Day: April 20, 2021

Project Canary Receives Series A Funding from Leading Venture Capital Firms

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Quantum Energy Partners, Global Reserve Group and Energy Impact Partners to fund Denver-based emissions monitoring and data startup as ESG-driven market for Responsibly Sourced Gas grows.

Cochran biobased paving research team receives national honor

Read the full story from Iowa State University.

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE) Mary Jane Skogen Hagenson and Randy L. Hagenson Professor Eric Cochran is part of a team that has been honored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) at its Spring Meeting.

Cochran, along with Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor R. Christopher Williams of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, with their industrial partner Donald Sjogren of Seneca Petroleum Company, have received the 2021 Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science & Engineering. It  honors their research efforts into biobased thermoplastic polymers for paving processes. They were officially recognized at the organization’s mid-April meeting and also provided a lecture on their research, titled “Putting soy-based thermoplastics to work in the construction industry.”

Shell invests in aviation biofuels startup LanzaJet

Read the full story from GreenBiz.

Shell has invested in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) firm LanzaJet, joining Japanese trading house Mitsui, Canadian oil and gas firm Suncor Energy and U.K. airline British Airways as an early-stage backer in the U.S. startup.

Wind, solar transition in full view in Texas in March

Read the full story from IEEFA.

The transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar gained speed  in Texas in March. Data from the Energy Information Administration’s hourly electric grid monitor shows that wind generation in ERCOT smashed its previous high, topping 10.4 million megawatt-hours (MWh) during the month—2 million MWh above its previous high set last December. That stunning output pushed wind’s share of the ERCOT electricity market to 38.6% and the No. 1 spot in total generation, another first for the rapidly expanding resource.

How pandemic-driven preprints are driving open scrutiny of research

Read the full story in Horizon.

Covid-19 has changed the way many people live and work. It has also had an impact on the ways many scientists collaborate and carry out their research – and how they release their findings.

In a World of Big Wind, There’s Still a Place for Tiny Turbines

Read the full story from Bloomberg.

Cellphone towers that can’t connect to a power grid typically rely on solar panels or diesel generators. A small wind turbine can supplement solar generation, or be an alternative power source in areas where there’s limited space or sunlight. The systems can also offer lower costs and far cleaner energy than diesel.

ORNL-led team recognized for impactful sustainability research

Read the full story from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

A 2017 study from ORNL that shows the far-reaching impacts of U.S. cities’ energy consumption on regional ecosystems has received the 2021 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America.

‘This is environmental racism’: How a protest in a North Carolina farming town sparked a national movement

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Ben Chavis was driving on a lonely road through rolling tobacco fields when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the state trooper.

Chavis knew he was a marked man. Protests had erupted over North Carolina’s decision to dump 40,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals in a poor Black farming community in Warren County, and Chavis was a leader of the revolt. The trooper pulled him over.

“What did I do, officer?” Chavis asked that day in 1982. The answer shocked him.

“He told me that I was driving too slow.”

Chavis was arrested and thrown in jail. When the cell door slammed shut, he gripped the metal bars and declared: “This is racism. This is environmental racism.”

The term stuck, and now — nearly 40 years after Chavis spoke the words that have come to define decisions by governments and corporations to place toxic pollution in communities of color — the issue has risen from the fringes of the American conservation movement to the heart of President Biden’s environmental agenda.

Unilever talks food waste: ‘Our mission is to inspire consumers to be more resourceful with food’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Unilever has some ambitious goals on food waste. The multinational wants to halve waste from its direct operations by 2025 and is working with suppliers and customers to reduce waste across the food chain. It also hopes to tackle one of the trickiest issues, food that is wasted in the home. We spoke to Christina Bauer-Plank, Global Brand Vice President of Hellmann’s, to find out how.

From pioneers to fast-followers: Circular metrics are for the masses

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The interest in, engagement with and implementation of circular metrics in business is quickly gaining speed, as calls for transparency and data-driven action increase in response to climate change, biodiversity loss and other environmental pressures.

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