Day: September 17, 2021

Clean energy jobs rebound after 2020 losses. More opportunities needed for workers of color, experts say.

Read the full story at Sahan Journal.

Minnesota’s clean energy workforce is more diverse than the broader state economy. And more jobs are coming in fields like energy production, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and green construction. But workers of color need more access to training and pathways to higher-paying careers.

How ag investment can bring water and climate goals within reach: ‘Our traditional ways of working have not kept pace with the changes the world is undergoing’

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

For the Global South to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, help stabilise global warming and protect water resources, agricultural innovation is needed. Investing US$15.2bn a year more will bring a number of ‘critical goals’ within reach, according to new research.

Use. Repurpose. Repeat

Read the full story in the Philadelphia Citizen.

Circular Philadelphia is working to eliminate landfills by constantly repurposing our waste. Could it also be an avenue to economic growth in Philly?

Focusing on solutions makes research more relevant to public, expert says

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

Focusing research on solutions instead of problems enables scientists to make their findings more relevant to the public, according to Jessie Buckley, Ph.D. She spoke Aug. 12 as part of a new NIEHS cross-divisional seminar series.

EPA outlines multifaceted e-scrap threat from batteries

Read the full story at E-Scrap News.

Federal officials recently examined battery-related fires in a variety of recycling settings, including electronics processing sites. In addition to noting safety concerns, the analysis determined that batteries “jeopardize the economics of the electronics recycling industry.”

The EPA report, published last month, comes as there is heightened attention on lithium-ion battery fires across many sectors of the waste management industry. For the report, EPA researchers examined e-scrap facilities, municipal recycling centers, landfills, transfer stations and other locations.

To make fishing sustainable, we need to track fish as they move around the world

Read the full story at Massive Science.

Wealthier nations have extensive telemetry networks, but the majority of worldwide fish catch goes untracked

Chobani launches paper yogurt container as it moves away from plastic

Read the full story at Food Dive.

Chobani is transitioning its Single-Serve Oat Blend yogurt from plastic into a paper-based cup. The new packaging, which took two years to develop, is expected to reach store shelves late this year.

The oat yogurt cups join Chobani’s recent product innovations — oat milk, cold brew coffee and coffee creamers —  that already have paper-based packaging that is recyclable. The announcement comes as part of a broader companywide initiative to improve the sustainability of Chobani’s packaging by transitioning from plastic to paper, and to encourage other food and beverage makers to follow suit.

“Is this going to solve everything in packaging? No, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Peter McGuinness, president of Chobani. “It’s a … start to reduce our reliance on plastic. There is a lot more work” to do. 

California’s ‘Cantaloupe Center’ struggles to reign supreme as drought pummels agriculture across the West

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Climate change and a devastating heat wave have decimated towns like Mendota this summer, and the carnage stretches far beyond fruit. Farmworkers are struggling to find employment, working fewer hours or driving long distances for jobs. Fewer workers means less spending in the community. Less money for farm suppliers, restaurants, and the small shops where people wire money to family members in Mexico and Central America. Without the water everyone needs to survive, a sense of anxiety pervades about what the future will bring.

As battery storage booms, investors spend big on startups

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Chevron Technology Ventures, the oil giant’s venture capital arm, is investing in long-duration energy storage firm Malta Inc. as part of a Series B financing round

Chevron is joined by Piva Capital, Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Proman, Alfa Laval and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in the fundraising round, which topped $60 million. Malta spokesman Matt Burke said the funding will support construction of the company’s first 100 MW plant relying on thermal energy storage. 

Separately, North Carolina-based storage firm FlexGen announced a $150 million equity commitment from Apollo Global Management, which FlexGen CEO Kelcy Pegler Jr. said would support hiring and training as the company expands its storage contracts. The company works on utility- and commercial-scale storage and developed the HybridOS management system, which supports automation of energy storage and dispatch.

PepsiCo seeks to slash plastic waste

Read the full story in Food Business News.

Plastic waste has emerged as a consistent issue consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies must grapple with as consumers demand solutions to single-use plastics. At SNAXPO21, held Aug. 22-24, Todd Fayne, associate director, global snacks R&D, PepsiCo, Inc., Purchase, NY, detailed the largest snack manufacturer in North America’s strategy to address its role in plastic waste.

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