MacLennan highlights farmers role in pandemic and promoting sustainability

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Farmers and ranchers are heroes of the food system, playing a critical role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and embracing practices and technologies to produce food more sustainably, David MacLennan, chairman and chief executive officer, Cargill, told members of the National Grain and Feed Association on June 4 at that association’s 125th annual convention, which was held in person in Colorado Springs as well as virtually. 

Your clothes spew microfibers before they’re even clothes

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A new report from the Nature Conservancy picks apart the textile supply chain—from the manufacturer who makes synthetic yarn from little pellets of plastic, to the factory that stitches together the clothes—to estimate that this pre-consumer process releases 265 million pounds of microfibers each year. 

Science and art combine on microplastics research effort

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UConn’s Heidi Dierssen is conducting research to improve remote sensing of microplastics on the ocean’s surface.

Chicago building decarbonization working group to apply equity lens

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Chicago’s newly created Building Decarbonization Working Group will work to devise an equitable path for reducing building emissions to meet the city’s climate goals, which include an aim to power all buildings with renewable energy by 2035

The working group, announced last week, will establish a comprehensive framework for guiding the city’s equitable implementation of a building decarbonization strategy. The 55 individuals on the working group hail from private businesses, nonprofits, organizations and community groups. ​”The equity lens is really important to us for this project: really understanding the opportunity to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also to ensure that we are taking care and prioritizing the health of people in the buildings,” said Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer Angela Tovar.

The city partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Elevate Energy to research 12 other North American cities’ decarbonization policies and best practices, which the partners presented to the working group to guide their decision-making. The working group likely will put forth its recommendations for implementing a decarbonization strategy by this fall, Tovar said.

‘No place to hide’: Central banks ramp up scrutiny of climate risk

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As shareholders celebrate long-fought climate wins at some of the world’s largest corporations, a potentially more powerful financial movement is under way that could shift trillions of dollars in capital.

The role of greenhouse gas emissions in debt markets is on the verge of exploding as central banks write climate risk into bank oversight and rethink their own bond portfolios.

There’s a new ocean now—can you name all 5?

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On World Oceans Day, Nat Geo cartographers say the swift current circling Antarctica keeps the waters there distinct and worthy of their own name: the Southern Ocean.

Clean water for all

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Across the globe, billions of people lack reliable access to clean drinking water. In the United States, cities like Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey made national news headlines for the hazardous levels of toxic lead contamination in their drinking water. This is such a pressing issue that the U.S. Department of Energy lists “water security” as one of its grand challenges. To meet this need, many scientists aim to create cheaper and more efficient water purification technologies.

A porous carbon-based honeycomb structure called graphene oxide (GO) may just be the solution. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) discovered a way to increase GO’s ability to remove toxic metal ions from water. The study, featured in JACS Au, provides a framework for the design and implementation of GO-based water purification technologies. 

New tool offers investors ability to directly compare emissions from 300 US oil & gas companies

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A new analysis from Ceres and the Clean Air Task Force allows investors to directly compare emissions intensity and total reported emissions for US oil and gas producers. The analysis used publicly available data to develop comparable metrics that highlight the GHG performance of nearly 300 onshore oil and gas producers in the US.

German textile fair Heimtextil launches online materials library

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Heimtextil is extending its range of digital services and launching a new online materials library entitled ‘Future Materials Library’. In the online library, visitors can discover the potential of previously unknown textiles at any time. The ‘Future Materials Library’ invites visitors to open their minds to experimental approaches and revolutionary ideas.

What has four legs, a trunk and a behavioral database?

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From tens of thousands of hours of observation, scientists have compiled a detailed library of African elephant behavior.