Environmental groups calling for UN summit to be postponed

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A coalition of more than 1,500 environmental groups spanning 130 countries is calling for an upcoming United Nations climate summit to be postponed amid spiking COVID-19 cases.

The Climate Action Network argued on Tuesday that proceeding with plans for COP26 summit would increase the possibility that government delegates and journalists from developing countries would run into travel restrictions designed to combat the spread of coronavirus.

New Wolfram U course explores data visualization

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After a few months of brainstorming ideas, developing notebooks and scripts and refining videos through several rounds of editing and refilming, we are pleased to announce that the Visual Explorations in Data Science massive open online course (MOOC) is now available.

The two guiding principles of this course are visualization and an example-driven approach. We employ a hands-on methodology for teaching data science with examples that slowly introduce various technical features, all of which are supplemented with an emphasis on visualization. The course consists of a dozen case studies spanning geography to engineering and analyzing flag similarity to periodic trends.

Ida hit one of the country’s biggest oil and chemical hubs

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Louisiana’s 17 oil refineries account for nearly a fifth of the nation’s capacity. Past hurricanes have caused toxic spills.

EPA urges FERC to use social cost of carbon in gas project reviews

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a pair of August letters, urged federal regulators to revise draft environmental reviews for two natural gas projects, to include a social cost of carbon calculation in order to better understand their impacts.

Columbia Gulf Transmission has proposed new gas facilities in Louisiana that EPA says would cause “over $205 million dollars in climate damages per year.” Separately, Iroquois Gas Transmission has a proposed Northeast project that could do more than $144 million in annual damage, the agency said.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is independent and does not have to follow EPA’s recommendations, according to Gillian Giannetti, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. But the agency is “extremely influential” and using the carbon cost calculation could help meet President Joe Biden’s plans to decarbonize the U.S. economy. 

Nth Cycle receives grant for electro-extraction technology commercialization

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

Nth Cycle, a metal processing and recycling technology company based in Boston, has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through its InnovateMass program. The grant money will go toward commercializing Nth Cycle’s clean and modular electro-extraction technology. 

Eye on sustainability

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From packaging reductions and recycling projects to water, compressed air, and other utility savings, food and beverage processors have not taken their eyes on the ball when it comes to protecting the planet.

Ikea is launching a furniture buyback program

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If you no longer need your Billy bookcase or Mörbylånga table, Ikea might buy it from you. The company is launching a new buyback service in the U.S., beginning with a pilot at a store near its North American headquarters in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, where used products will be resold.

How some restaurants are taking out single-use takeout containers

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Salvage Hausu is among the vanguard of eateries and startups across the U.S. that are trying new approaches to reusable containers.

McDonald’s sources majority of paper packaging from recycled and sustainable fiber

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The company’s latest sustainability report highlights that 99.6 percent of the chain’s paper bags, food wrappers, napkins and cup carriers come from recycled and sustainable fiber sources.

Tesla has big recycling goals — but is now the time to celebrate?

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With improvements to manufacturing facilities, Tesla is driving down the amount of waste generated per vehicle and has decreased manufacturing waste by 50 percent in new facilities, such as Shanghai’s Gigafactory. The company is advancing the same downward trend with water and energy intensiveness in manufacturing.