Day: August 18, 2021

U.S. declares first Western reservoir water shortage, triggering cuts

Read the full story from Reuters.

U.S. officials for the first time on Monday declared an official water shortage for the massive Lake Mead reservoir, triggering supply cuts to parts of the drought-stricken Southwest, as 10 Western governors appealed for federal drought disaster aid.

Corporate carbon offsets get reexamined as U.S. wildfires rage

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

With wildfires across the western U.S. reaching record highs this year, and burning up forests, companies are being compelled to reexamine nature-based carbon offsets.

Amory Lovins: Decarbonizing industry isn’t just about costs, it’s about profits

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

When talking about deep decarbonization, the cost of deploying new technologies is often a sticking point. It’s time to have a perspective shift. 

This week Amory Lovins, co-founder of RMI and clean energy BAMF, released a paper, “Decarbonizing our toughest sectors — profitably,” encouraging a fresh perspective on the costs of decarbonizing heavy transport and industrial heating. 

A farmer offers a stark time-lapse portrait of his family’s land over a lifetime

Read the full review from NPR.

James Rebanks is a farmer who shepherds sheep into pastures and words into books. He has a gift for capturing both the allure of his beautiful surroundings and his difficult work, and for articulating the complex, worrisome issues facing farmers today.

Pastoral Songlike his first bestselling memoir, The Shepherd’s Life, enchants with lush descriptions of England’s Lake District and Cumbrian hills, where Rebanks’ family has worked the land for 600 years. But it is more than a paean to fells (hills), becks (streams), and flocks. Inspired by Rachel Carson’s Silent SpringRebanks’ new book urgently conveys how the drive for cheap, mass-produced food has impoverished both small farmers and the soil, threatening humanity’s future.

More women than ever are starting careers in science

Read the full story in Nature.

But a study of the publications of millions of researchers also suggests that women are less likely to continue their academic careers than their male counterparts.

Australian winery turning smoke tainted grapes into spirits

Read the full story at Decanter.

Research in South Australia has been exploring how wine grapes tainted by wildfire smoke may be used to create spirits like brandy and gin.

To save a huge, 24-armed sea creature, scientists become loving foster parents

Read the full story from NPR.

On an island off the coast of Washington state, scientists have resorted to breeding sunflower sea stars in a lab. It’s a desperate attempt to save the endangered animals from disappearing completely.

The seas are rising. Could oysters help?

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

How a landscape architect is enlisting nature to defend our coastal cities against climate change—and doing it on the cheap.

Webinar: How to Build the Carbon Removal Market We Need

How collaboration between companies, non-profits and policymakers can create an affordable and equitable supply of carbon removal credits.

Speakers: Elizabeth Willmott | Carbon Program Manager | Microsoft Julio Friedmann | Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy | Columbia University Shuchi Talati | Chief of Staff, Office of Fossil Energy | Department of Energy Tito Jankowski | Co-founder | Impossible Labs

This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/verge-net-zero/online/2021

Amazon launches new resale programs to cut down warehouse waste

Read the full story at The Verge.

Amazon announced new efforts that might be able to prevent some overstocked and returned items from becoming trash. It launched two new programs that are intended to make it easier for third-party retailers to sell returned goods and unsold inventory.

The moves come in the wake of several separate investigations into Amazon warehouses that found that many returned and unsold items were labeled for destruction. Businesses that use Amazon to sell their products pay to hold their stock in Amazon warehouses. When those goods don’t sell, or if returned items pile up, they might decide to chuck the products to save money.

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