Collection of flexible packaging waste is central to achieving a circular economy, says CEFLEX

Read the full story at Packaging Europe.

A collaboration of European companies, associations, and organisations representing the flexibles value chain have agreed a common position on the essentials for collecting flexible packaging waste in a circular economy.

Researchers’ career insecurity needs attention and reform now, says international coalition

Read the full story in Nature.

Postdocs and PhD students around the world require professional training to prepare them for a possible career outside academia, finds the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

How birders are boosting their yard lists while they sleep

Read the full story at Audubon.

Using DIY setups and free software, a growing number of community scientists are eavesdropping on nocturnal migrants flying above.

Strella Biotech wins startup lab pitch to reduce food waste

Read the news release at Waste360.

GS1 US announces that Strella Biotech, a sensor technology startup that can predict the maturity of produce and help reduce food waste, has won the $10,000 first-place grand prize in the third-annual GS1 US Startup Lab Pitch Competition. Additionally, Magnomer, producer of magnetizable inks for enhanced recycling, won the $4,000 second-place prize, and MeCycle, a data-rich consumer recycling platform that helps prevent beverage bottles and cans from being discarded in landfills or oceans, was awarded the $2,000 third-place prize. The winners were announced today during GS1 Connect: Digital Edition, a virtual conference experience held June 8-10.

Climate change, corporate development threaten groundwater wells in Texas and across US

Read the full story from Texas Public Radio.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, climate change is actually making the Texas Hill Country — where the Escamillas live — a little wetter. But travel a bit to the west, and everything from the Big Bend region up to the Texas panhandle and over to California — most of the Western United States — have become drier.

So, how will climate change alongside continued development affect people who rely on groundwater wells?

Seattle’s new zero-emissions delivery hub is an experiment in slashing e-commerce emissions

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Companies can make centralized deliveries to the hub and then use more sustainable methods to get them to your door. It’s a testing ground for experiments to improve our new delivery-based economy.

SNAPSHOT USA: First-ever nationwide mammal survey published

Read the full story from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

How are the squirrels doing this year? The bears? The armadillos? How would you know? A new paper published June 8 sets up the framework for answering these questions across the United States by releasing the data from the first national mammal survey made up of 1,509 motion-activated camera traps from 110 sites located across all 50 states.

Livestock scientists: No, your meat-free diet will not save the planet

Read the full story at Fast Company.

If we all just ate less meat, carbon emissions would drop and the environment would benefit, right? A group of scientists would like to call b.s. on this perception.

In a spirited op-ed in Environmental Research Letters, a quintet of livestock scientists in Kenya and Germany argue that touting a low-meat diet falsely equates the meat on your plate with environmental harm, and also presents a factually untrue standard for most of the world, where livestock can play critical and positive roles in environments, economies, and health.

What’s the cost of illegal mining in Brazil’s Amazon? A new tool calculates it

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The launch of a gold mining impacts calculator this week — a joint project of the Federal Public Ministry and the Conservation Strategy Fund — marks a big step forward in combating illegal mining in the Brazilian Amazon, experts and government agents say.

The new tool was able to estimate damages of $431 million caused by illegal mining in 2020 on the Yanomami Indigenous Reserve, where local leaders have reported several attacks in the past month by miners, following an influx of mining activities since 2019.

Since 2019, Brazil has exported $11 billion in gold, with Switzerland, Canada and the United Kingdom as the top importers; last year alone, these three countries imported $3.5 billion of the precious metal from Brazil.

Improving traceability is another important step to cracking down on the environmentally devastating illegal gold market, says Sérgio Leitão, an expert in the fight against illegal mining in Brazil.