Mountain lions moved less, downsized territory during LA’s pandemic shutdown

Read the full story from the University of Nebraska.

By tracking the whereabouts of 12 mountain lions before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, ecologists have found that the reclusive species, briefly freed of the need to avoid people, adopted an energy-efficient economy of movement during LA’s shutdown in spring 2020.

The Game-Changing Impact of Tracking Supply Chain Emissions

Leaders from two transformative initiatives explain how new supply-chain tracking systems will impact strategies to reduce emissions.

Speakers: Anna Stanley | Manager, Climate Action | World Business Council on Sustainable Development Jim Giles | Conference Chair, VERGE Net Zero | GreenBiz Group Paolo Natali | Principal | Rocky Mountain Institute

This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here:

New study shows climate change may increase the spread of plant pathogens

Read the full story in Smithsonian Magazine.

Models suggest that higher latitude crops will experience higher infection rates and a greater number of threats.

This porous pavement helps prevent flooding by absorbing rain

Read the full story in Fast Company.

When cities are covered in pavement, they more easily flood because stormwater can’t get into the ground. This alternative has tiny little holes to let rainwater through, while keeping pollution out.

Climate change is killing beautiful music, too

Read the full story at Slate.

The trees that make the world’s best pianos and violins are in danger.

Wayne and Michelle Sirles have brought Rendleman Orchards, their farm into 21st century

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan.

The history of Rendleman Orchards dates back to 1873 when John and Isabelle Rendleman settled near Alto Pass and established an 88-acre family farm.

The small farm evolved over the years, establishing orchards in the early 1900s and eventually growing to over 800 acres that included orchards, vegetable fields, forestland, and several acres devoted to seasonal flower production and pollinator habitat.

The farm has remained in the family and Wayne Sirles, along with his wife Michelle, are the fifth generation to be growing fruit on the farm. The couple has literally brought the farm into the 21st century and they are working hard to be leaders in local and sustainable food production.

Sculptures that make novel use of books – in pictures

Read the full story at The Guardian.

As a child in Baltimore, graphic designer Stephen Doyle had a babysitter who read newspapers horizontally – across, not down, the columns – to create new meaning. The word play inspired his adult hobby of making book sculptures. “I started the series when ‘hypertext’ was a novel internet term. Linking one text to another seemed rather dada,” says Doyle. “I wondered what it would look like if a book’s lines connected to others elsewhere in the pages.” He’s since made sculptures for publications including the New Yorker and Wired.

Can concrete, a major CO2 emitter, be made greener?

Read the full story at PBS NewsHour.

After water, concrete is the most consumed substance on the planet and its production is expected to grow from 4.4 billion tons to 5.5 billion tons by 2050. But its production, which involves cement, comes at a huge environmental cost — accounting for almost eight percent of carbon emissions globally. Mori Rothman reports on the industry’s attempt to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint with cleaner cement.

New climate ads trot out young people to make a case that CEOs have been ignoring for years

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Amazon’s Climate Pledge may include giant brands like Visa, Microsoft, IBM, and Verizon, but its ads are all style no substance.

Native Net Zero: Integrating Emissions Goals into Products

Companies explain how they have integrated emissions reductions strategies into products and business models.

Speakers: Heather Clancy | Vice President and Editorial Director | GreenBiz Group Sandra Noonan | Chief Sustainability Officer | Just Salad Stacy Kauk | Director, Sustainability Fund | Shopify Taylor Francis | Co-founder | Watershed

This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s VERGE Net Zero, July 27-28, 2021. Learn more about the event here: