Throwing nitrogen out with the stormwater: UConn Extension educator, team helps coastal communities reduce runoff pollution

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A team of UConn researchers is training students and providing coastal municipalities in Connecticut with green infrastructure plans to reduce stormwater runoff.

For Illinois farmers, proof of cover crops’ benefits is in the soil

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Cover crops and soil health are what drew about 50 other farmers to a Nutrient Stewardship Field Day put on last week by the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau at Mark Monier’s farm. It was the third of nine such events this summer being conducted by Illinois Farm Bureau and numerous partners.

Company offering upcycled ingredients closes on $22 million funding round

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Comet Bio, which uses its patented upcycling technology to produce ingredients, has completed a Series C funding round with an initial close of $22 million. Open Prairie, a private equity management fund based in Effingham, Ill., led the round. Other investors included Louis Dreyfus Co., BDC Capital and existing investor Sofinnova Partners.

Parts of the Amazon go from absorbing carbon dioxide to emitting it

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A new study analyzing hundreds of aerial readings of emissions above the forest canopy found that forest regions in the southeast were most affected.

The pandemic made science more accessible than ever. Let’s keep it that way.

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Now, after more than a year derailed by the virus, the case for keeping science open-access—that is, free to readers—couldn’t be any stronger. “If you believe that science matters to solving COVID, then you have to believe that any delays in communicating science would have slowed it down,” says Michael Eisen, editor-in-chief of the journal eLife, a professor of genetics, genomics and development at UC Berkeley, and a co-founder of Public Library of Science (PLOS). Plus, COVID isn’t the only global crisis our planet is facing. What about climate change or cancer or malaria or biodiversity loss or bee colony collapse disorder or coral bleaching? Wouldn’t we benefit from those research articles being freely accessible?

Tackling global problems through cooperation

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We must create an educational culture and structure that prioritizes collaboration over competition and redefines success, write Nicole Motzer, Aleta Rudeen Weller, Rebecca Vidra and Diana H. Wall.

EPA: 11,000 facilities illegally discharged pollutants into nearby waters in 2018

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Nearly 11,000 U.S. facilities discharged pollutants into local waters beyond the levels allowed under the law, the Environmental Protection Agency told a nonpartisan congressional watchdog.

In a report released Monday, the Government Accountability Office said that the EPA found that in 2018, close to 11,000 facilities with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits illegally dumped large amounts of pollutants into local waters. As of fiscal 2020, some 335,000 facilities have active NPDES permits, 60,000 of which are required to monitor pollutant discharge.

Embrace and celebrate diverse names in science

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Learning to pronounce others’ names doesn’t have to be awkward, as long as it comes from a place of mutual respect, says Ilinca Ioana Ciubotariu.

Unilever partners with Arzeda on enzymes for cleaning

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The enzyme development start-up Arzeda has landed a partnership with the consumer goods giant Unilever to develop enzymes for household cleaning applications.

Many dish detergents and hard surface cleaners already use enzymes, which can break down soils, oils, and other grime as well as boost the performance of other ingredients. Enzymes, along with live microbes and advanced surfactants, are central to Unilever’s $1.2 billion plan to shift to 100% biobased ingredients for its cleaning products by 2030.

Energy Dept. seeks to cut cost of energy storage, boost renewables

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The Energy Department will attempt to decrease the cost of energy storage technology by 90 percent within a decade in an attempt to boost clean energy use.