Day: May 21, 2021

Arctic warming three times faster than planet as a whole: research

Read the full story at The Hill.

A new report reveals that the Arctic is warming at a faster pace than the rest of the Earth and could experience its first summer without any sea ice by 2050 under most scenarios where the world is unable to limit climate change.

The study, released by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), found that the “vast majority” of climate models predict that the Arctic would begin experiencing summers in which all sea ice in the region melts away by 2050. The Arctic region has also warmed by more than 3 degrees Celsius since 1979, according to the report, compared to about 1 degree Celsius for the world as a whole.

New coalition aims to commercialize recyclability of wind turbine blades

Read the full story at Wind Power.

A coalition of industry and academic leaders have developed a new technology to enable circularity for thermoset composites, the material used to make wind turbine blades. 

The new technology delivers the final technological step on the journey towards a fully recyclable wind turbine value chain. To enable the adoption of this new technology, and to advance a circular economy across the wind industry, a new initiative entitled Circular Economy for Thermosets Epoxy Composites (CETEC) has been established. Within three years, CETEC is aiming to present a fully scoped solution ready for industrial adoption, based on the commercialization of the novel circularity technology.

Partly funded by Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), CETEC is spearheaded by Vestas, a provider of sustainable energy solutions, and involves both industrial and academic leaders including Olin, a producer of epoxy, the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) and Aarhus University. 

Leading plastics reduction lawyer sees single-use policies as ‘gateway’ to bigger change

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Jennie Romer – a key player in creating plastics policies from coast to coast – talks about her new book “Can I Recycle This?” and why she’s now looking to take on the whole recycling system.

Biden order calls for disclosure of financial risks of climate change

Read the full story at ESG Today.

President Biden announced on Thursday an Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk, with wide-ranging transparency, disclosure and investment implications for investors, companies and regulators.

According to the White House, the executive order aims to help the federal government to address the climate crisis and mitigate the economic risks of climate change, beginning with the measurement and reporting of the financial impact of those risks…

These actions may move the U.S. significantly closer to the deployment of mandatory climate and sustainability disclosures by companies, which is currently under consideration by the SEC

Deepfake satellite imagery poses a not-so-distant threat, warn geographers

Read the full story at The Verge.

When we think of deepfakes, we tend to imagine AI-generated people. This might be lighthearted, like a deepfake Tom Cruise, or malicious, like nonconsensual pornography. What we don’t imagine is deepfake geography: AI-generated images of cityscapes and countryside. But that’s exactly what some researchers are worried about.

Specifically, geographers are concerned about the spread of fake, AI-generated satellite imagery. Such pictures could mislead in a variety of ways. They could be used to create hoaxes about wildfires or floods, or to discredit stories based on real satellite imagery. (Think about reports on China’s Uyghur detention camps that gained credence from satellite evidence. As geographic deepfakes become widespread, the Chinese government can claim those images are fake, too.) Deepfake geography might even be a national security issue, as geopolitical adversaries use fake satellite imagery to mislead foes.

Microbes – Carbon to chemicals

Read the full story from Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

A research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory bioengineered a microbe to efficiently turn waste into itaconic acid, an industrial chemical used in plastics and paints.

Producing itaconic acid currently involves fungi feeding on relatively pure sugars, which can be expensive. In ORNL’s demonstration, the team used lignin, a waste product from biorefineries and paper mills, to grow the bacterium Pseudomonas putida for potentially cheaper itaconic production.

Solar power storage could get a whole lot cheaper with used electric vehicle batteries

Read the full story at TechRepublic.

A research team from Utah State University has developed technology to utilize retired EV batteries for solar power storage, which it said could reduce costs by up to 50%.

This app lets you buy whatever food your favorite restaurant has leftover at the end of the day

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Too Good To Go—a winner of ‘Fast Company’s’ 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards—connects customers with a random grab bag of leftover goods and food from stores. It’s already saved 200,000 meals from going to landfills.

After pressing pause on shoes, Reformation is launching footwear again — and it’s more sustainable than before

After launching its first footwear collection in 2019, Reformation pressed the pause button on the category a year in. The sustainable company said it underestimated the challenges when it came to making eco-conscious footwear, but now, Reformation is back with shoes 2.0.

Burger King tests green packaging at 51 Miami-area units

Read the full story at Nation’s Restaurant News.

Burger King is testing new green packaging in 51-unit Miami-area pilot program, the company said Monday.

The division of Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International Inc. is launching the program with eight of its most-used guest-facing items: forks, spoons, knives, straws, drink lids, fry pods, Whopper wrappers and napkins.

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